Running With Scissors, developer of the cult hit video game Postal, tells us that director Uwe Boll (House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark) has signed on to direct and produce a feature film version of the violent and darkly comedic interactive franchise that sparked controversy with its 1997 debut. The pic is scheduled to begin shooting in 2006 for a 2007 release to coincide with the game’s 10th anniversary.
German filmmaker Boll has carved out a niche for himself in the realm of game-to-film adaptations. In addition to Sega’s zombie thriller House of the Dead and Atari’s Alone in the Dark, he recently completed his take on Majesco’s BloodRayne and has Eido’s Fear Effect, Vivendi Universal Games’ Hunter: The Reckoning and Ubisoft’s Far Cry in the pipeline. Currently on his plate is a feature film based on Microsoft’s role-playing franchise Dungeon Siege. The $60 million, three-hour fantasy epic starring Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Narc) is currently being shot in Vancouver and is slated for a late-summer 2006 release.
“Uwe Boll is the perfect producer-director to make Postal, comments Running With Scissors CEO Vince Desi. “He understands the subject matter and has an appreciation and affinity for controversy and political incorrectness. POSTAL has always been about reason and insanity, violence and motivation. Boll is simply the right guy to bring that vision to the screen.”
Boll, who is reportedly a huge fan of the Postal game, remarks, “I see it like a mirror for our society–funny, violent and absurd! So then the movie must be powerful, strange and so full of the game’s politically incorrect outrageousness that if we do it correctly, we will all probably end up in jail!”
The Postal game as spawned a successful sequel, Postal 2, as well as several add-ons including the multi-player Share the Pain and the recently released Apocalypse Weekend. More information on the franchise can be fond at www.gopostal.com.