Paul Verhoeven Working on a 1914 Video Game Adaptation?
I've been waiting to see Paul Verhoeven return to his "roots" with more insanely violent action flicks like those he used to make back in the 80s and 90s, but that hasn't happened yet. Last we heard, Verhoeven was supposed to working on a thriller called Surrogate, but not anymore. MTV talked with Verhoeven recently who told them: "I am working on a movie now that is… situated in 1914. We are scripting it. It's an idea that exists already… from another medium, and so we are making it now into a film narrative." He wouldn't say the name, but did confirm that it's a video game that they're adapting the script from. So what could it be?
Verhoeven adds that the story is "basically, Indiana Jones-ish you could say, but also Hitchcockian." Well that's no help. How many games can you even think of that are set in 1914? Peter from SlashFilm seems to think it could be an old 1997 PC game called The Last Express, a real-time adventure game created by Jordan Mechner, the same guy who recently broke into Hollywood with Prince of Persia (he created that game and also wrote the script). The game takes place on the Orient Express days before the start of WWI and was even described at the time as "a mix of Indiana Jones and Alfred Hitchcock." We've got a winner!
So Verhoeven is finally returning to the war genre again, or at least he's adapting an adventure video game that's set entirely on a train (I think?) in 1914 before WWI. Sounds like a very unique concept and as long as it's as crazy violent and fun as Verhoeven's work from the 80's and 90's, then I'm in. I don't think Verhoeven has lost his touch recently, he just hasn't been working on any movies that are as risky and, to be honest, as entertaining as his earlier work. And whenever I re-watch an old Verhoeven movie, I always hope that we'll see more like it again soon. Has anyone played The Last Express? Will it make for a good movie?