Just last week, videogame developer Quantic Dream released Heavy Rain, a groundbreaking new game that approaches its gameplay and storyline as an “interactive drama.” The player controls four different characters, each with their own backgrounds and motives, as they try to track down the infamous Origami Killer. Practically every decision in the game, from whether or not to murder someone to how hard you place your wife’s fine china on the table, is decided and performed by the player. In effect, this makes for a near-endlessly replayable game with countless different consequences and outcomes for each character and each decision.
And now, somehow, New Line Cinema wants it to be a movie.
Joystiq reported that New Line snatched the film rights to the game as far back as 2006, just after Quantic Dream had unveiled the new motion-capture technology that they developed to help bring their emotional characters to life. Now New Line may be putting those production rights into action to quickly capitalize on the success of the game and the buzz surrounding its new kind of interactive storyline.
But there’s the rub. A movie can’t be interactive. A singular movie version would seem to disregard nearly everything special about the concept and execution of Heavy Rain. Unless New Line plans to create a Clue-like film involving multiple, interchangeable plot developments, then we can expect to see only one of the literally hundreds of possible
plotlines and resolutions, and there’s every reason to believe it will be the classic, typical Hollywood version in which the killer is brought to justice and every character survives.
Quantic Dream themselves also seem to be pushing the game into Hollywood’s neighborhood by releasing a video directed by Neil LaBute showcasing actors and filmmakers such as Samuel L. Jackson, Stephen Frears, Peter Bogdanovich, and Chris Weitz discussing the game and its interactive nature. Check it out below.
Has anyone else played through the game? If so, do you think that it would translate well to the big screen, or should Hollywood sit this one out?