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?
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
Hi, my name is Fox, and I don't understand video games at all. I'm just banking on brand recognition at this point.
20th Century Fox on Oct 2, 2009
Whoever is giving such horrible ideas for game/movie cross overs. should die in a fire. "lets make a movie about alien looking bugs" FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU try making a good splinter cell movie imo
Vincent Cipollone on Oct 2, 2009
Spore was one of the most disappointing games of the year.
ocnj179 on Oct 2, 2009
Spore was massively disappointing. But, this game doesn't even have any real story, how are they going to make it into a movie? My prediction is that they're going to create a whole bunch of weird creatures for the movie to sell toys to kids.
SlashBeast on Oct 2, 2009
Spore isn't revolutionary. It's a bland pile of...blandness. The only possible way this movie could even begin to be 'okay' is if they had some scientist create a machine that will bring to life anything you design. And I'm picturing something like Small Soldiers. A very forgetable film in the making.
Zso on Oct 2, 2009
SO here we go again, making a Film from a Video game without a Story. (Asteroids, Barbie, Monopoly, Anyone?) When will the Madnes/Stupidity Stop???
Wylles on Oct 2, 2009
Spore isn't revolutionary. It's a bland pile of…blandness.The only possible way this movie could even begin to be 'okay' is if they had some scientist create a machine that will bring to life anything you design. And I'm picturing something like Small Soldiers. A very forgetable film in the making.
HE on Oct 5, 2009
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