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Unique Features Lands Deal for Heavy Rain Video Game Movie

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May 19, 2010
Source: Deadline

Heavy Rain

Remember that really frickin' weird "how far would you go to save someone you love?" video that director Neil LaBute put together in February with a bunch of celebrities? It was made to promote the PlayStation 3 video game Heavy Rain, which has only sold around 1 million units since its release in February. Deadline is reporting that former New Line heads Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne's new company Unique Features is nearing a deal to acquire feature films rights to Heavy Rain for a movie. Apparently Shaye liked the game enough to buy it with his own money without waiting for approval from his first look partner Warner Bros.

The game sends players on a hunt for the "Origami Killer," a murderer who drowns his victims four days after they are abducted, leaving only a small origami figure and an orchid on the corpse. The game becomes a procedural in which four characters try to solve the crime after another potential victim is kidnapped. The style and dark atmosphere of the game "evokes memories of the David Fincher-directed Se7en," which Shaye and Lynne turned in to a hit when they ran New Line Cinema. I haven't played the game, but as always, I'm never sure how video game movies will turn out, so I'm not too optimistic. We'll keep you updated on this.

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  • Tana
    wowwwww, imfinally first lol, but damn this game was amazing! its like ur really there XD but wow again for a movie, i hope it be really good, im sure it'll remind me of csi tho lol
  • Nate
    This game really was amazing, I cant believe it did so poorly in sales. People suck :[
  • RPD
    I'd have bought it if it were on the 360...
  • Gill
    Heavy Rain is a mind-blowingly awesome game, but it won't work as a movie. The story is made-for-TV-detective-movie material, and without all the interactivity and branching storylines of the game, a movie made out of it will feel totally stale. The game's strength is in allowing the player to shape the story as they play through it. A static version of the same story won't be nearly as compelling.
  • I absolutely love this game. If it had the voice acting that the movie will undoubtedly have, it would have been even better. With that said, I'm with you about video game adaptations. I'm not sure how well this will work out.
  • nelson
    This Wont work what made the game great was not the story it was the game play the story is actually not new or unique the game allows you to change the outcome of the story by the choices you make a movie only has 1 choice ,1 ending aka not as fun or engaging
  • Tony
    @ 6 True. One part from Heavy Rain stole from the movie Eagle Eye. The same exact voice over a cell phone says: "How far will you go to save the one you love?" Or something like that.
  • Prestron
    I'm struggling to call Heavy Rain a game, but whatever we call it per se an adaptation doesn't seem necessary. Eh, I'd still see it. I don't own a PS3.
  • germs
    I thought the game was boring for the most part; the only interesting thing was how many different endings there were and how you could make decisions that would change them. This is something that can't be done in a movie. How can they write an ending when the game had multiple?
  • Peace Love & GaGa
    The game was great, period. I played through it 3 times and of course got 3 different endings. Idk how great a movie would be, unless they shot it in 3 or 4 different ways. That would be crazy, but really cool to go see. Like you wouldn't know which one you were going to see, it would be a mystery until about halfway in. And then on dvd you could put all of them together on 1 or 2 discs.
  • Christopher Sullivan
    I bought the game it was released and loved it from beginning to end. Everything about this game was fantastic and I have to say the music was some of the best I've heard in a video game. I would love to see a Heavy Rain movie. The reply value is high for the game. Glad I own a PS3!
  • PJH
    I really hope this gets made. Heavy rain is'nt really a normal game its a movie/game hybrid that's spectacular.
  • SlashBeast
    Something that both fans and executives don't seem to realize is that adapting most video games is a fairly bad idea, because most games, even the best ones, are hugely derivative of cinema and other art forms. What made Hitman work in game form, for example, makes it look like a direct-to-video John Woo knock-off when transposed to the big screen.
  • mike m
    scott is the killer
  • xXx69J.d0gG420xXx
    OMFG I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GAME STILL YOU RAT BASTARD! I HATE YOUUU
  • mike m
    well i love you xxx
  • a fig
    i dont know what your talking about for the genre and budget this game was considered a huge success
  • JFILMshop
    SAM DOUGLAS HAS TO PLAY THE PART OF SCOTT SHELBY IN THE MOVIE! HAS TO! HE IS THE BEST CHARACTER IN THE GAME!

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