A Roller Coaster Tycoon Movie Rattles Toward the Big Screen
by Ethan Anderton
May 13, 2010
It's been proven time and time again that video games have had more than a few problems translating their success to their respective film adaptations. But rather than going after the action adventure kind of games that keep hitting the big screen, Sony Pictures Animation is taking a different route by picking up the rights to Atari's video game series Roller Coaster Tycoon for a feature film adaptation. Development is being headed by Harald Zwart, who recently directed The Karate Kid remake for Sony, and there's a chance he might even direct. What's next, a movie centered around that old party trivia game You Don't Know Jack?
The game is easily described as a more focused version of Sim City but instead of building an entire city you build and manage a theme park with a special focus on customizing your very own roller coasters. Obviously Sony is trying to reel in audiences with that oh so wonderful brand recognition trick that everyone seems to be falling for as of late, when they could just as easily make a movie about theme parks and roller coasters without spending the money on the name itself. David Ronn & Jay Scherick, who recently wrote The Smurfs for Sony, will write this screenplay which, like that pointless adaptation, will be a live-action/CG hybrid.
Surely the studio won't pass up the opportunity to make this in 3-D (how can you ignore a 3-D roller coaster ride?!), then we'll be that much closer to movies becoming nothing more than amusement park attractions, and then those attractions will have stories with more substance (or so I hope). Hell, some theme park rides already have better stories than some movies, so we're already halfway there. Soon you'll be heading to the county fair or carnival to get a sneak peak of J.J. Abrams secret roller coaster. Anybody care about this?
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
I love that game but a movie makes no sense there is no story. I say this sounds like a bad idea but I can't judge it tell we see it so good luck sony.
taylor on May 13, 2010
WHAT!!! ARE YOU KIDDING> Man ideas have run out.
Josh on May 13, 2010
I absolutely love this game and actually just played it last week, haha. But there is NO story whatsoever to this game unless they make it like CASINO but instead of a casino it will take place in an amusement park which actually doesn't sound too bad, haha
Ryan on May 13, 2010
Daniel Felts on May 13, 2010
Where's my goddamn Candy Land movie?! Guys, whats wrong with this picture? Scorsese could do it....
DuirMan on May 13, 2010
I've always loved this game, but I don't see how it could POSSIBLY make a good movie. At best, I figure it'll play out like the first live-action Scooby Doo movie. Hopefully without any talking animals, though. Alternatively, I could see it being about some very rich guy who strives to create "the ultimate roller coaster", and keeps coming up with new/shocking/inventive rides. Or, you know, something parallel to Neverland Ranch, or to the rise of Disney Land/World. Or it could be about a struggling amusement park, and how a team of plucky kids band together to save it (vomit). Personally, I'd rather see it focus on a down-on-his-luck man whose job is to walk around in one of those panda suits. And he falls in love with the operator of the log flume. Also . . . WHERE'S MY OREGON TRAIL MOVIE?
Zinnia B. on May 13, 2010
Since there is no plot line to the video game, maybe they can be creative with a plot line(highly doubt that will happen though). And if I don't see balloons popping or hear the obnoxious sounds of that haunted house in the whole movie I will be VERY VERY upset.
lahirry on May 13, 2010
Cody w on May 13, 2010
Ha, we need a new movie industry to take over, because Hollywood sure has ran out of ideas.
M on May 13, 2010
Nope, I dont care, this sucks big time...
Wylles on May 14, 2010
If you think that is ridiculous, check this one out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE_1KlWFJyA You may even appreciate Roller Coaster 3D.
QZ on May 14, 2010
The only reason studios are making movies off of plotless properties is to gain the name recognition. What a sad state Hollywood's in.
SlashBeast on May 14, 2010
I'm waiting for a Custer's Revenge movie.
casting couch on May 14, 2010
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