“My par­ents have per­ished in a house fire and I am soon to be com­mit­ted ”

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that mixes sur­real, Gothic hor­ror with im­agery from the beloved book, sold more than a mil­lion copies in 2000. At one stage, both Wes Craven and Sarah Michelle Gel­lar wanted to adapt it for film, but that seems to have been shelved. Mean­while, its se­quel, to be re­leased by EA later this year, is ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated.

Videogames have a rich his­tory of res­ur­rect­ing fic­tional char­ac­ters in a fresh con­text, not strictly in se­quels, but in strange spin-offs and rein­ven­tions.

There was some ex­cite­ment this year when the Great Gatsby videogame resur­faced on­line. Orig­i­nally an 8-bit ti­tle for the old Nin­tendo, the game is a plat­form ad­ven­ture in which Nick Car­raway fends off malev­o­lent but­lers and ho­bos. Though it of­fers lit­tle new in­sight into the book, it does have a few sly nods to the source ma­te­rial, and the game-play is great.

De­vel­op­ers fre­quently sac­ri­fice faith­ful­ness for game-play in these adap­ta­tions, as shown in the Wait­ing for Godot game. The pon­der­ous theatre piece has been trans­formed into (you guessed it) a plat­form ad­ven­ture. It’s live­lier than Sa­muel Beck­ett’s orig­i­nal, though I hear it’s im­pos­si­ble to track down Godot, so it’s faith­ful in that re­gard.

For more re­spect­ful spin-offs, you are bet­ter off look­ing at film char­ac­ters’ ap­pear­ances in games. The mar­vel­lous Stran­gle­hold is a be­lated se­quel to the ac­tion clas­sic, Hard Boiled. The game is like a typ­i­cal John Woo film, and its star Chow Yun Fat even lends his voice and like­ness to De­tec­tive “Te­quila” Yuen.

Woo’s in­volve­ment in Stran­gle­hold is vague, but other film­mak­ers are happy to be hands-on in their game spin-offs. Lars Von Trier promised to con­tinue the har­row­ing story of An­tichrist in Eden. The se­quel would ap­pear in game form only. Sadly, that game has been shelved. And let’s not for­get Dis­ney’s King­dom Hearts games, which fea­ture Mickey Mouse, Don­ald Duck and even Cap­tain Jack Spar­row.

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