Heavy Rain sounds like it has a chance to be the first decent movie based on a video game ever. The game itself is inherently cinematic — a suspenseful noir thriller in which the Origami Killer drowns his victims on exceptionally rainy days and leaves behind folded paper calling cards. But that potential could easily fall apart at the script stage. The chances of such happening have just reduced tenfold, as Variety reports David Milch has signed on to pen the adaptation.
Milch has created/co-created two seminal television series in Deadwood and NYPD Blue*, so if he can’t turn in a quality script, we should probably give up on trying to turn these things into movies. Milch will get to work on Heavy Rain once he finishes work on season one of Luck, the HBO series headlined by Dustin Hoffman due later this year. Hit the jump for a Heavy Rain synopsis and game trailer.
How far will you go to save someone you love? In Heavy Rain each player discovers their own answer to this question as they experience a gripping psychological thriller filled with innumerable twists and turns, where choices and actions can and do result in dramatic consequences. Spanning four days of mystery and suspense, the hunt is on for a murderer known only as the Origami Killer – named after his macabre calling card of leaving behind folded paper shapes at crime scenes. Even more chilling is the fiend’s well established pattern of killing his victims four days after abducting them.
The public is gripped with fear as the police seem powerless to stop the carnage, and another potential victim — Shaun Mars — has gone missing. Now four characters, each following their own leads and with their own motives, must take part in a desperate attempt to prevent the killer from taking yet another life. [Amazon]
*I am a John From Cincinnati apologist, but I thought throwing that in there might mar my case for Milch’s infallibility in a public forum.