Electronic Arts Developing a Movie Based on the 'Madden Curse'
Video game fans like already know what this headline is all about, but for the rest of you, it's time for a pop culture history lesson. There exists an infamous jinx known as the Madden Curse. This has nothing to do with the iconic sports commentator doing black magic from ACE Hardware corporate headquarters but rather an ill fate that seems to manifest itself after a professional football player appears on the cover of Electronic Arts' popular Madden video game series every single year. Now The Wrap reports the video game company is looking to develop a sports comedy using the supposed curse as a prominent plot device.
The story itself is said to follow a former Madden video game champion who is forced out of retirement just as he finds himself on the corner of the game's cover -- and subject to the curse. The phrase "former Madden video game champion" makes me think of someone who is really good at the video game, but I have no idea why someone like that would end up on the cover of the game itself. It also seems kind of weird that a football player coming out of retirement finds himself on the cover of the game, but whatever. We'll just toss this up to some bad communication of poor wording.
As for the curse itself, it's certainly in interesting plot device, especially since its reality seems unavoidable. Every player who has appeared on the cover since the year 2000, has been the victim of sudden injury resulting in poor performance on the field. Before that John Madden himself was on every cover of the game, but he's still alive (forget the fact that he's robot). The only player who has so far remained unscathed by the Madden curse is the recent poster child for the game, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has not only remained without injury (knock on wood), but has actually had quite a decent season of football. We'll see if this project actually gets off the ground or if the curse will claim another victim in a failed film concept. Anyone interested?