was ripe for adap­ta­tion”

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So far, all of the in­for­ma­tion we have about the Un­charted film is promis­ing: its di­rec­tor, David O Rus­sell, is a fine film-maker ( Three Kings); Mark Wahlberg should do a good job as wise-crack­ing trea­sure hunter Nathan Drake, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci will co-star, and per­haps most im­por­tantly, the Un­charted games have both good sto­ries and fun char­ac­ters. They're cer­tainly bet­ter than the last In­di­ana Jones film.

Late in 2011 (and be­fore Un­charted) we'll be treated to Bruce Wil­lis and Jamie Foxx in Kane and Lynch. The Kane and Lynch games fol­low two mid­dle-aged, cos­mi­cally un­lucky crim­i­nals forced to work to­gether. The char­ac­ters in the games were more mem­o­rable than the game­play, which makes it a nice can­di­date for adap­ta­tion. It also doesn’t hurt that Wil­lis was prac­ti­cally born to play Kane.

Both Kane and Lynch and Un­charted will, I imag­ine, try to reach be­yond gamers for their au­di­ence. In­deed, Jamie Foxx is a dif­fer­ent eth­nic­ity from his videogame coun­ter­part (en­rag­ing some pedan­tic gamers) and Un­charted is blessed with two Os­car­win­ning ac­tors.

Fur­ther down the track, we’ve got Bioshock. A fab­u­lous game, this sur­vival horror takes place in the crum­bling un­der­wa­ter city of Rap­ture. Filled with creepy chil­dren, feral in­hab­i­tants and imag­i­na­tive steam-punk in­ven­tions, Bioshock was ripe for adap­ta­tion.

Di­rec­tor Gore Verbinksi ( The Ring, Pi­rates of the Caribbean) was set to helm the film, but now he’ll be pro­duc­ing, with the even more tal­ented Juan Car­los Fres­nadillo ( In­tacto, 28 Weeks Later) hold­ing the mega­phone.

EA has sev­eral of its prop­er­ties in some stage of film devel­op­ment: sci­ence fic­tion epic Mass Ef­fect, fan­tasy ad­ven­ture Dragon Age and sci-fi horror Dead Space (with DJ Caruso di­rect­ing).

Else­where, Heavy Rain, which was prac­ti­cally a movie it­self, is get­ting the big-screen treat­ment, so it re­mains to be seen how film-mak­ers will han­dle it, while Brad Pitt has been of­fered the lead in the western saga Red Dead Re­demp­tion.

Of course, some of these films might stum­ble be­fore the fin­ish line (as Halo did), but it can’t be de­nied that the pedi­gree of ac­tors and di­rec­tors work­ing on videogame adap­ta­tions is cause for cau­tious op­ti­mism.

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