Get clued up on the bigscreen adaptation of Monument Valley
Ah, Monument Valley! I know this one! Located on the Arizona-utah border, this majestic cluster of vast sandstone buttesLet me stop you there. This is not a film about the geographical Monument Valley made famous by John Ford’s various Westerns. The film we’re talking about is an adaptation of a video game.
A video game about Westerns?
No. The resemblance ends at the name. Released in 2014, Monument Valley is a gorgeously designed puzzle game for smartphones, influenced by everything from Japanese woodblocks to M.C. Escher. Playing as the white-hatted Princess Ida, you traverse multiple pastel-hued monuments (hence the name) in a physics-defying world. Is there any obvious cinematic narrative in an iphone puzzle game? I still remember Angry Birds: The Movie. We all do. But with Monument Valley logging 160 million downloads, Paramount clearly smells a lucrative intellectual property to turn into a potential franchise.
Can it crack the video game movie curse?
It remains to be seen. But it already has Oscar pedigree behind it: Patrick Osborne, who won an Academy Award for his animated short Feast, has been tapped to direct this, blending CGI and live action. Maybe this is the monumental success we’ve been waiting for.