Fox is Bringing EA's Video Game Spore to the Big Screen
by Ethan Anderton
October 2, 2009
It's hard to believe that it was four years ago when we first laid eyes upon the original gameplay demo of Electronic Arts' video game Spore. Upon it's official release just one year ago, reviews were fairly positive for a game that is very complex, "covering many genres including action, real-time strategy and RPG, Spore allows a player to control the development of a species from its beginnings as a microscopic organism, through development as an intelligent and social creature, to interstellar exploration as a space-faring culture." Now Variety reports that the revolutionary (and evolutionary) game will be made into a movie.
20th Century Fox has tapped Disney's Princess and the Frog screenwriters Greg Erb and Jason Oremland to pen a script for director Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots) to turn Spore into an animated feature for EA and animation company Blue Sky Studios (Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age). Here's what Wedge had to say about what drew him to Spore:
"I'm always looking for unique worlds to go to in animation. From every perspective -- visually, thematically and comedically -- the world of Spore provides the potential to put something truly original on the screen."
Spore is the second of famed game creator Will Wright's game properties to go for the big screen with an adaptation of another huge game, The Sims, also set up as Fox. It will be interesting to see how a narrative is crafted in a world that has relied so heavily on user's imaginations. Video games have never quite been given an absolutely great adaptation into motion pictures. It seems no studio can duplicate the exquisite joy that comes from being a part of a story yourself or essentially creating your own story within a video game. I'm sure it'll be a tough task for Greg and Jason but I'll be curious to see what they come up with. You?