Another video game movie? Huzzah! Hollywood desperately wants a slice of the gigantic video game profits that industry continues to reap. When it was released last Tuesday, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 set the record for biggest video game launch of all-time by selling approximately 4.7 million units in its first 24 hours for a total of $310 million from the U.S. and U.K. combined. That’s a lot of scratch and apparently the only way for Hollywood to get a piece is to adapt games into movies, because it apparently doesn’t work the other way around even though there have been at least two video games which were better than the properties they came from (Goldeneye 007 and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay). So the score is currently Movie-based Video Games: Two, Video Game-based Movies: Zero.
But Brad Pitt and his Plan B pictures are going to try and put movies on the score board by adapting the upcoming Capcom video game, Dark Void. According to Variety, the story is about, “a pilot who crash lands in the Bermuda Triangle following a routine mission and wakes up to find himself in an alternate world resembling a primitive earth where aliens with superior technology are planning to take over civilization.” Judging from the box art, this causes the pilot to dress up like the Rocketeer. The game has a unique “vertical cover” system which is just like the regular cover system except with Dark Void it’s vertical and in mid-air. Wow, what an innovation.