Coming off strong reviews from last night’s screening of “Everest” at the Venice Film Festival, the film’s director Baltasar Kormakur is teaming with legendary “Alien” director Ridley Scott for a new TV series adaptation of the hit MMORPG sci-fi video game “EVE Online”.
The project is set in a galaxy of 7,800 star systems more than 21,000 years in the future. Characters pilot customizable ships and can participate in a number of in-game activities like mining, piracy, manufacturing, trading, exploration, and combat. Released in 2003, within ten years it amassed over 500,000 subscribers.
Having scored the rights from publisher CCP Games, Kormakur’s RVK Studios and Scott Free will produce the adaptation and are now in talks with potential financiers with the aim of creating a series pilot.
It was summer break, 1988 Hesperia California. I was 16 years old. We had just returned to my friend Jason’s house from the mall after purchasing the brand new Metallica album, “…And Justice for All”. Listening to the cassette in his room and analyzing the finer points of their discography, the conversation turned to the “Ride the Lightning” album, and an epic instrumental track, “The Call of Ktulu”.
I hadn’t given the song in question much thought, it was a sweeping orchestration piece that held little to interest the mind of an average 16 year old metal fan. But that’s when Jason told me something that I didn’t know, something that would literally change my life in a very dramatic way from that moment forward.
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Electronic Arts’ Peter Moore recently has continued his company’s defence of why the upcoming “Star Wars: Battlefront” video game will not feature a single player campaign.
Speaking with Gamespot, Moore says the key reason why they didn’t do one is a reason you’re probably not expecting – that they felt not enough people would be interested. Asked if games with single player campaigns sell better, Moore says:
“So, there’s two phenomena with that statement. The first is that yes, you might be right. The second is that very few people actually play the single-player on these kinds of games. That’s what the data points to.”
Of course “Star Wars” isn’t exactly “Call of Duty,” and this a franchise where a rich mythology means a story-driven campaign seems a requirement. Moore says EA and DICE are admittedly taking a gamble with this and they’ll wait and see how it works out:
“Well, you never kick yourself about these things. You make a decision, years out, and you plan for what the world looks like when a game ships in two or three years. That’s about the intuitiveness about the executive producer, and his or her vision for the game. Between when a dev team starts work on a game, and when it finishes, the world becomes a different place.”
“Star Wars: Battlefront” is currently on track for a release in November.
With “Kingsman: The Secret Service” being one of the big success stories of the year, it’s no surprise that other film adaptations of the works of comic author Mark Millar that are currently in development have scored another look at by the studios.
One previously talked about project is his 2010 comic “Nemesis,” a super villain origin film about a billionaire genius and fighter who travels the world as a costumed menace. Joe Carnahan was slated to direct at last report, taking over from the late Tony Scott, and Ridley Scott’s shingle Scott Free would produce.
Now, The Tracking Board reports that the project has jumped studios to Warner Bros. Pictures where it is now in active development. Carnahan and his brother Matthew Michael Carnahan penned the most recent script draft.
USA Network has greenlit the comic book-based drama “Brooklyn Animal Control” from Universal Cable Productions and IDW Entertainment.
The story follows the inner workings of a secret subdivision of the NYPD that functions as social services for the Kveld-Ulf, a highly insular community of werewolves.
The drama explores city politics, immigrant communities, and families divided by ambition, secrecy, and tradition. David S. Goyer, Rick Jacobs and David Alpert will executive produce.
In this episode I sit down with long time friend and talented artist Richard Duron. Listen as he discusses his idols, dreams, and passions. Also, hear how his position as Co Art Director of Forbidden Panel guides his responsibilities and his love for the industry. Continue reading