It looks like PlayStation 3's serial killer video game Heavy Rain is going to get it's big screen movie debut. The screen rights for the game have been on the auction block, and it looks like a deal is about to be made with producers Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne. After leaving New Line Cinema, they started up their own production called Unique Features, and they are using their own money to pick up the rights to the game.
Heavy Rain has been a pretty popular game among PS3 owners, since it's release in February it's sold over a million units. The game is very dark with a film noir type gritty vibe, much like David Fincher's Seven.
Here is the official story synopsis for the video game for those of you that haven't played it or heard of it.
How far will you go to save someone you love? In Heavy Rain each player discovers their own answer to this question as they experience a gripping psychological thriller filled with innumerable twists and turns, where choices and actions can and do result in dramatic consequences. Spanning four days of mystery and suspense, the hunt is on for a murderer known only as the Origami Killer - named after his macabre calling card of leaving behind folded paper shapes at crime scenes. Even more chilling is the fiend's well established pattern of killing his victims four days after abducting them. The public is gripped with fear as the police seem powerless to stop the carnage, and another potential victim — Shaun Mars — has gone missing. Now four characters, each following their own leads and with their own motives, must take part in a desperate attempt to prevent the killer from taking yet another life.
I imagine the movie will play out very similar. I think Producers Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne have what it takes to develop a great movie out of this game. These guys have produced some pretty incredible films such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This is definitely a game I can actually see being adapted into a great film, and I don't say that about video game film adaptations. I just think it's going to be in the right hands.
What do you all think about a Heavy Rain film Adaptation?