by Pixeleen Mistral on 26/05/07 at 12:34 pm
by Pixeleen Mistral, National Affairs desk
Peter Gilstrap reports in Variety that 20th Century Fox is planning to make a a live-action movie of The Sims, after purchasing the feature rights from Electronic Arts. The script is still being written, and the talent is presently unnamed, but there are some clues in a quote from Rod Humble, who is managing the creative property for Electronic Arts:
“‘The SIMS has done an interactive version of an old story, which is what it’s like to have infinite power and how do you deal with it. Given that that’s an old story, you can imagine how easily that would translate to traditional story telling.”
So is this the story of a game system admin handing out perma-ban to players on a whim? Or a player with an exploit that gives them game god powers? Those stories never have happy endings.
Skeptics will wonder if they really need to go to the theaters to see this sort of thing – isn’t that what we get everyday in SL already? On the other hand, at least movie theaters don’t crash all the time. The Herald is offering Prokofy Neva and Urizenus Sklar to consult on the project – they both have some experience with how EA deals with infinite power in its game.