Film producers are constantly searching for films that will appeal to teenage boys who are more than happy to pay to see the same film over-and-over again. So it’s not a big surprise that more movies based on video games are greenlit every week.
German film producer/director Uwe Boll has optioned the film rights to two popular games, Fear Effect (Eidos) and White Wolf’s pen-and-paper role-playing game Hunter: The Reckoning, which has to date yielded three best-selling titles from Vivendi Universal Games. Quoted in today’s Hollywood Reporter, Boll says the films will have budgets in the $15 million-$25 million range.
In the Hunter: The Reckoning franchise a band of humans hunts down supernatural monsters with a level of violence typical for many of the top-selling vid games. The pic should start shooting in Vancouver this summer. To date, the three Hunter titles have sold more than 300,000 copies in the United States. The films will be produced with Shawn Williamson (Alone in the Dark, White Noise) of Brightlight Pictures.
For its part, Eidos is currently working on a third installment of its Fear Effect franchise. Set in a post-apocalyptic future a la Blade Runner, the series focuses on a pair of sexy female heroines who also happen to be lesbians–a wicked demo magnet for the 18-35 set. The first two Fear Effect Sony PlayStation games have sold more than 370,000 units in the United States since the series February 2000 debut. In addition to the two new films, Boll is also producing the vid game based features BloodRayne and Dungeon Siege.