The latest video game to come to the big screen is BloodRayne, a Majesco title adapted by game-to-film specialist Uwe Boll (House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark). The production was in search of a distributor for some time before being picked up by Romar Ent. and unleashed in nearly 2,000 theaters across North America today.
BloodRayne stars Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) as the title sword-wielding half-vampire who is driven by vengeance to overthrow her father, Kagan (Sir Ben Kingsley), king of all vampires. The cast also features Michael Madsen (Kill Bill Vol. 2) and Michelle Rodriguez (TV’s Lost).
Written by American Psycho scribe Guinevere Turner, BloodRayne is produced by 1st Boll Kino Beteiligungs GmbH and Brightlight Pictures Inc. In addition to tackling Sega’s House of the Dead and Atari’s Alone in the Dark, Director Boll is is producing a movie based on Crytek’s first-person shooter, Far Cry.
Majesco’s two BloodRayne video games are developed by Terminal Reality, and are available for PlayStation 2 and Xbox for a suggested retail price of $49.99. More information about the latest title can be found online at www.bloodrayne2.com.
Also debuting in wide release today are 20th Century Fox’s comedy, Grandma’s Boy, a film produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Prods., and Lions Gate’s gory horror flick, Hostel. Directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), Hostel has been generating some outr’ buzz and has some chance of stealing the top spot from Disney’s and Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In the fourth week of its release, the adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic fantasy novel pulled off a major coop by reclaiming the No. 1 slot from Universals’ King Kong over the New Year holiday.