Movie studio execs, we need to have a talk. We just don't understand the video game properties you're turning into movies now. First, there was The Sims
, which still has us throwing up in our mouths a bit. Now, Transformers
producer Tom DeSanto
has picked up the rights to the City of Heroes
MMORPG. There are apparently plans to turn it in to a big budget film and then into a TV series. Honestly, what are you guys doing?
Now, don't get us wrong, we'd love to see the first good superheroes vs. aliens flick since Independence Day
(you didn't know Bill Pullman was a superhero?). And we can certainly understand the financial motivation
. But what are you really buying with City of Heroes
? Is it the name recognition? That won't help you with the mainstream moviegoers. Is the characters? Are you really dropping coin for The Statesman
? We just don't get it, why call it City of Heroes
? You know, you make a movie called Flying Town
or Metropolis of Super-hard Punching,
and you don't have to pay a dime. It can be the exact same thing, just with a different title. This, of course, comes as bad news for producers of Sims
movie, as there's already a film about people speaking gibberish for 90 minutes and then dying in a room filled with their own fecal matter. It's called White Chicks.
[Via Sci Fi Wire
, Thanks, Ryan Gioia