Unique Features Lands Deal for Heavy Rain Video Game Movie
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.