Avi Arad Producing an EverQuest Movie
Just yesterday I was mentioning how video game adaptations are not looked upon highly in Hollywood. Today IGN reports that the MMORPG game EverQuest is getting a big screen adaptation with none other than ex-Marvel CEO Avi Arad, who has been the biggest production force behind films like Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and so on. Sony Pictures is aiming for a 2009 or 2010 tentpole release.
A screenplay is being written by Michael Gordon (300). Story details are unknown, but the fantasy epic will be based on an original pitch by Gordon and will feature some seminal characters from the game.
EverQuest takes place in the fantastical world of Norrath, a realm inhabited by 14 different races including humans, ogres, elves and animal-human hybrids, and its moon Luclin. Other planes of reality also exist within the game's universe. Players create avatars that can slay monsters, embark on quests or acquire treasure. The game was one of the more successful MMORPG's that originally launched in 1999 well before World of Warcraft.
Will this be the big one that proves to Hollywood that the right video games can be adapted into massive hits? I've got a feeling it won't be, simply looking at the following the big MMORPGs have. Aside from EverQuest, you've also got Asheron's Call and World of Warcraft and others that have more users than EverQuest. The fanbase just isn't there anymore and although they could try, this is going to turn out like Doom from 2004 where just because it's game people know doesn't mean anyone gives a shit about the movie.