Gore Verbinski Directing a Domestic Second Life Story
by Kevin Powers
December 17, 2008
Universal Pictures and captain of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Gore Verbinski, have acquired the rights to a Wall Street Journal article (read it online here) that ran in 2007, which detailed the fallout one married couple experienced when the husband become obsessed with the online fantasy role-playing game Second Life, and specifically another female player in it. In fact, the man spent hours and hours online and eventually married the woman in game, coming to amass an entirely new virtual life separate from reality. Certainly makes for interesting fodder, but I wonder what direction Verbinski will take it.
According to Variety, Verbinski will direct the project, with Steven Knight (of Eastern Promises) writing the script. I'd ordinarily say that this could lend itself to a romantic comedy, but Verbinski and Knight's backgrounds don't exactly lean in that direction. I'd also venture to say it might turn out as a thriller, possibly wherein the real life wife or virtual wife act out, but that may just be my horror reflex. It's probably safe to say it won't go down a documentary-like path as with Second Skin from earlier this year; that film dealt with the same gaming obsessed subject matter. Does the project even sound interesting?