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Diablo Movie Now in the Works?

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the everything's-turning-up-blizzard dept.

Movies 101

To go along with the still fairly-mysterious World of Warcraft movie, via CVG comes the word at Blizzplanet that a movie based on Blizzard's Diablo games may be in the works. "Few weeks ago, a rumor circulated the net that Gary Whitta would be working with Legendary Pictures to develop a Diablo film. The participation of Gary Whitta hasn't been confirmed, but surprise-surprise. Legendary Pictures website is listing DIABLO under the 'In Development' section. No press release has been made available. The news section has been replaced by a 'Legendary 2.0 is coming soon' notice. A week ago, the news section over at Legendary Pictures website had not been updated since Q3 2006. Stay tuned for any updates. A press release could be posted by them in a few days. Diablo is coming to the big screen!"

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Interesting idea (4, Insightful)

hedwards (940851) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553233)

but will it work. I think that in many respects a Diablo or Fallout based movie has some chance of being worth watching. Whoever gave the green Doom and Resident evil should have been fired. A game can rely on being interactive to advance interest, allowing for the player to make choices, and movies don't at all. The limit to the intereaction is in how one is moved by the movie. In that sense I think that a RPG based movie would have some potential in that adventure movies can and have been well done in the past.

It's difficult enough to write a good movie. (2, Interesting)

khasim (1285) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553345)

When you're basing it upon a game ...

Well, really GOOD writers could still come up with a good movie. But these people aren't looking to make a good movie.

They're looking to cash in on the name. They're hoping that enough Diablo players will want to see the movie that they'll turn a profit NO MATTER HOW BAD IT IS.

Otherwise they'd be mining the hundreds of years of literature for books that have not been made into movies yet.

Re:It's difficult enough to write a good movie. (2, Interesting)

StarvingSE (875139) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554245)

Well, really GOOD writers could still come up with a good movie. But these people aren't looking to make a good movie.

No, the really good writers just aren't interested in writing a game-to-movie port. It doesn't matter how good or deep a game is, video games are still seen as the exact opposite of classic literature and having no intellectual value. Because of this, good writers probably don't want to associate themselves in the genre. Even if they wanted to do a fantasy-themed movie, they would choose to go after Lord of the Rings before Final Fantasy since the former has literary merit.

Can you say that with a mouth full of caviar? (2, Interesting)

khasim (1285) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554371)

Because of this, good writers probably don't want to associate themselves in the genre. Even if they wanted to do a fantasy-themed movie, they would choose to go after Lord of the Rings before Final Fantasy since the former has literary merit.

Most writers, even the good ones, don't make much money from writing.

So, throw a LOT of money at one of the good writers and allow him/her to write under a nom de plume.

Let the writer talk to some of the fans of the game to see what aspects resonate with them. Show them a walk through with all the dialog so they can get a feel for the game's universe and history.

Then turn them lose.

But it all starts with BUYING a good writer for the project. :)

Re:It's difficult enough to write a good movie. (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 7 years ago | (#19555867)

The Pac-Man movie just gave me the munchies.

Re:It's difficult enough to write a good movie. (1)

kn0tw0rk (773805) | more than 7 years ago | (#19560687)

The Pac-Man movie just gave me the munchies.

Though I thought the soundtrack was rather repetative :)

Re:It's difficult enough to write a good movie. (1)

dintech (998802) | more than 7 years ago | (#19563561)

Space Invaders has a great four note soundtrack. Rockin'.

Re:It's difficult enough to write a good movie. (1)

Vampyre_Dark (630787) | more than 7 years ago | (#19560953)

I thought Diablo 2 had a very good story, and if the movie was long enough, it would make for something good on the big screen. The in game cinematics were well done and they would look good in the film as well.

Maybe the movie can tell me how to get D2 to run on Vista. It'd be worth every cent.

Re:It's difficult enough to write a good movie. (1)

dintech (998802) | more than 7 years ago | (#19563593)

I'm not sure games transfer that well to the screen at all.

"Drop down! Increase Speed! Reverse Direction!"

Re:It's difficult enough to write a good movie. (1)

Kelbear (870538) | more than 7 years ago | (#19567045)

Most media don't transfer well from Medium X to Medium Y because they weren't created towards Medium Y. Books don't match the story you saw in your head when they go to the big screen. Less time to cover everything. Movies have a great deal of detail. A book can also convey the same amount of detail but not in the same time span without becoming dull, a picture's worth a thousand words. Both can accomplish similar goals but they need to bend the advantages of the medium towards that end.

Games have a very different set of advantages and face the same problems in adaptation.

Re:Interesting idea (2)

analog_line (465182) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553703)

Resident Evil made enough money that a sequel was made, so whoever greenlighted that probably shouldn't have been fired. People went to see it, it made money, ergo it was the right idea. Art isn't what the movies are about. Art movies generally don't make big bucks, it's just nice when they do.

Re:Interesting idea (4, Interesting)

ajs (35943) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553717)

Whoever gave the green Doom and Resident evil should have been fired.
Yes, but not because the source material did or did not lack a basis for the movies. Actually, R.E. was a decent attempt. They tried fairly hard, but simply got trapped by the ugly rules of horror movies. Had they decided to make an atypical horror movie, it might have worked. I liked the characters. I liked some of the story (though some was too obviously formulaic). The ending was nice, though it could have done with slightly less skin which made a scene that should have felt scary and stark feel more like a peep show in a hospital.

The Doom movie was bad writing and bad casting, but there was nothing about the Doom story that lacked for good source material. In fact, the primary problem with the Doom movie was that they removed the interesting parts of the story (the "demons" were the result of experiments with alien DNA, not demons from hell).

I maintain that a good movie could have been made from either source. It simply wasn't and the person who greenlighted either film certainly knew that early on.

Re:Interesting idea (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19555505)

In other words, the problem is that movie makers can't simply make a movie out of a game: they have to find a loosely similar standard Hollywood template and force the game story into that.

Does Hollywood actually set out to crush any hint of originality, or is it just that the studio bosses are so conservative that it's impossible to get funding if you can't sum the movie up as "X meets Y", where X and Y were box-office hits the previous summer?

Re:Interesting idea (1)

ajs (35943) | more than 7 years ago | (#19598881)

In other words, the problem is that movie makers can't simply make a movie out of a game: they have to find a loosely similar standard Hollywood template and force the game story into that.
That's a poor summary. First off, it paints video games as a font of originality being sucked into the shallow world of Hollywood. Both industries (which are tightly coupled) have the same lack of originality for the most part, and both have exceptions to that rule that are rare, but highly notable. The idea that, in making a horror movie out of a horror game, you stick to the established rules of successful horror movies isn't actually that unreasonable. It's just not the way you get a GOOD video game movie.

Does Hollywood actually set out to crush any hint of originality, or is it just that the studio bosses are so conservative that it's impossible to get funding if you can't sum the movie up as "X meets Y", where X and Y were box-office hits the previous summer?
I don't think it's either. I think there's a very careful isolation of creativity and money-making from each other. Movies that are unoriginal, but guarantee a certain audience are the first priority because they are the ones that make your money. Movies that are innovative are also fostered because they are the way you find out where the model can change and become more successful. However, because there's higher risk associated with innovation, you carefully isolate innovative movies, and fund them in much smaller numbers. Go look at the movies that are out right now. You'll be able to quickly identify the formula that about half to two-thirds fit into. The other half to third will mostly be close to a formula, but with limited creative alterations. About one film is usually playing in broad circulation at any given time that has something truly creative going on.

This makes good business sense, AND provides creative people with a way to produce great movies. It's the way it's worked for decades, and it's the way we produced everything from Casablanca to King Kong to The Third Man to Close Encounters of the Third Kind to The Usual Suspects. It also produces movies like Gigli, Leonard Part 6, Prince of Space, and many other bad movies that tried to fit the formula without actually involving any talent.

It's very hard to have a successful movie business. Creating such a thing is a matter of balancing factors that almost none of your audience will appreciate. Frankly, I think Hollywood generally gets a bad rap.

Re:Interesting idea (1)

Bongo Bill (853669) | more than 7 years ago | (#19558691)

Don't be ridiculous. All game movies, ever, are terrible and fundamentally flawed, no matter how talented and interested the people making them, or how fertile the source material is. Didn't you get the memo?

Re:Interesting idea (1)

jonwil (467024) | more than 7 years ago | (#19560175)

I think the problem for the people making the DOOM movie was that they didn't want to use the h-word (hell) because of the influence of the various religious groups who would have complained (either about the depiction of hell at all or the depiction of hell in that way)

Re:Interesting idea (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 7 years ago | (#19568195)

What is absolutely hilarious about that is those same religious groups believe that Hell exists, but do not believe that aliens are possible. Before you say that's why they didn't object to the movie, consider that many people actually believe aliens are possible and don't believe in Hell, you would think it would be in religious group's best interest to correct this. (although they tried with things like Left Behind)

Re:Interesting idea (2, Insightful)

Flimzy (657419) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553747)

I think that a RPG based movie would have some potential
That explains why Dungeons & Dragons [imdb.com] (2000) was such a wonderful movie, with an average user rating of 3.6 (out of 10).

Re:Interesting idea (1)

StarvingSE (875139) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554129)

Dungeons and dragons wasn't based on any existing storyline. It used the name to sell itself, and to have elements such as dwarves, elves, and swords.

Because of this, it can be argued that D&D is just a generic fantasy action movie using stereotypical elements from the general D&D rulebooks and not a true rpg movie.

Re:Interesting idea (2, Insightful)

werewolf1031 (869837) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554231)

Keep in mind that D&D by itself is no more than a (fairly generic) set of gaming rules designed to facilitate roleplay in a variety of fantasy settings; in and of itself it does provide not a specific world setting with its own rich history. Now, if they'd bothered to draw specifically from one of TSR's old settings designed for the D&D game system, eg. Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, etc. (sorry I'm out of touch with the newer settings, if there are any), and adapted a story from one of those fictional worlds, then they probably would've been better served in terms of having rich source material from which to craft a good story/script. Actually, Dragonlance would've provided gobs of story-telling material, but then you're making a movie based on a game setting based on a series of novels, so it'd be better to bypass the game material/mechanics altogether and just draw the script directly from concepts provided in the novels. Making a movie based on D&D is like making a movie based on GURPS or the Hero system; there's no inherent "story" to it (without 'plugging in' a separately purchased expansion set or creating your own world setting), the players are expected to create their own stories (and world) as they play.

Re:Interesting idea (1)

BJH (11355) | more than 7 years ago | (#19563803)

Dark Sun. Man, there was a gritty setting.
In fact, a Dark Sun MMORPG would be nice to see.

Re:Interesting idea (1)

werewolf1031 (869837) | more than 7 years ago | (#19564301)

My God, how could I forget that one. I should be tarred, feathered, stabbed, shot, dismembered, and then have my Nerd Card revoked. But yeah, I agree 100%... that would be a badass MMO setting! Hell, Brom's artwork alone would make for brilliant inspiration.

Resident Evil was based on movies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19553943)

Principally Night of the Living Dead and other George Romero stuff. So it could have made a good film.
Indeed it arguably was a good film if you still care about old-style zombie b-flicks... I'd rather they tried to do something a bit more interesting myself.

Re:Interesting idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19555453)

My biggest complaint with the DOOM movie was the hand-to-hand combat at the end. I'm sorry, but I just don't get it. I get how many people see The Rock and figure he has to do some sort of wrestling thing, whether it be Rundown or DOOM, but come on. Now his role in Reno 911 was excellent. I loved his ending.

In the DOOM movie I was with them through the FPS angle and all. It was not horrible, but I verbally said "WHAT?" when they guy shot his last shot in the air and threw his gun down. Some people looked at me and I did not care. I wanted to get up and walk out, for the first time ever in my life. But I knew it only had a few minutes left, and I was hoping for a gruesome ending. The movie was okay. Not great, not horrible, until that last few moments.

I have never played a DOOM game, none of them. But I know of them. I know the storylines, I know the history. Now if the movie was Half Life, then okay a little hand-to-hand combat would have been okay, if it was with a crowbar. That is another game series I have never played, but once again I know a lot about it.

DOOM should have had it's monsters. It should have had a better ending.

I like my movies with monsters and my games with humans. I just can't get into a game about killing monsters. Example. I did not like Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but I loved Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Yes, I prefer to kill humans in a game. Or aliens, but not occultist monsters. I probably sound violent, so I will add that I loved RTS and TBS games and I kind of prefer them to FPS. Some of my most enjoyable games have not had any blood. Gal Civ II is excellent, and sometimes I never even fire a shot before winning. Great game. Sorry for the ramble.

Oh, one last thing. Resident Evil was a decent movie. It scared my roommate so badly that she had nightmares for a while. After I showed her the game she refused to touch the console for a month.

Re:Interesting idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19558763)

Dur, in the game, Doomguy got sent up to Mars because he got knocked his sergeant out over war crimes.

Re:Interesting idea (1)

kalirion (728907) | more than 7 years ago | (#19557349)

The Diablo and Fallout movies should be quite different from each other. The first one should be a CGI-filled demon slicing summer action flick. The latter would be the one with the thought out story. At least if they want to stay true to the games :)

Just a game... (1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553249)

are you stoopid or what ?

Meph (1)

cmdrTacyo (899875) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553281)

1) create diablo movie
2) ???
3) couple of meph runs
4) Profit!

Blizzard Would Make Any Annocements (3, Insightful)

moore.dustin (942289) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553285)

Blizzard would be the place any Diablo movie would be announced, just like everything else they do. They would work it up, start the hype machine, and ride it through the movies release. I highly doubt they are going to let word just, spill out. Nothing should be taken for anything of worth till Blizzard, themselves, say they are making a Diablo movie.

Re:Blizzard Would Make Any Annocements (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19555785)

Agreed. The Diablo world is one of my favorites and I would be very excited to hear in a official capacity about a movie. Same thing with Diablo 3. I want to hear it officially before I start to get excited.

Why? (2, Insightful)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553291)

Why do they keep on making movies based off video games. Has there ever been a single one that wasn't completely crap? Sure they generate a few bucks, but it's not like any of the actors/directors/writers actually gain any prestige by working on these movies. Why even bother creating such crappy movies.

Re:Why? (4, Funny)

Supurcell (834022) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553507)

Sure they generate a few bucks...


I think you just stumbled upon the secret motivation behind these mysterious thing we have called "companies".

Re:Why? (3, Funny)

EveryNickIsTaken (1054794) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553523)

Hey! Super Mario Bros. was awesome.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19554175)

Trust the fungus!

Super Mario Brothers WAS awesome (1)

patio11 (857072) | more than 7 years ago | (#19559513)

They put a product placement (Reeboks) on a bob-omb. Right before it exploded. Those four seconds were worth excusing the rest of the excruciatingly bad movie ("Trust the fungus!"). Granted, I don't know how effective the message was -- "Forget those Nikes, kids, who wants to be like a basketball star? You want to be like a suicide bomber, don't ya?" -- but I enjoyed it all the same.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19553635)

Hey, Street Fighter and Super Mario Brothers were excelent movies!

Re:Why? (1)

danbert8 (1024253) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553693)

The Tomb Raider movies weren't too bad. I guess all you need is Angelina Jolie (or another hot main character with sideboob shots).

Re:Why? (1)

Flimzy (657419) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553815)

I never actually played the games (does that mean I'm not a true geek? *sigh* oh well), but I did enjoy the Final Fantasy movie.

Re:Why? (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19556157)

the first FF movie was cool way ahead of it's time in CGI just late to market due to the extrealy long time it took to render - yes it had next to nothing to do with the game - it was still a cool movie

the second one is a diffrent story - Advent Children was an extreamly well done movie.. and action sequences that stunt people could only dream of doing.. - the rendering was great - the sound track was great.. - and it had some good suttle comedy (the ring tone was great) - i mean over all Advent children was the best job anyone has done of bringing a game to the big screen - and the did one hell of a job

Re:Why? (1)

amuro98 (461673) | more than 7 years ago | (#19559111)

I enjoyed Advent Children as well. Unfortunately, if you weren't familiar with FF7, the movie wouldn't make a whole lot of sense to you.

Heck, I've played the game, and parts of the movie STILL didn't make a lot of sense to me.

Like, what was with the heavy Christian baptism imagery/theme?

Re:Why? (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19566641)

i have no idea.. i was too busy looking at the realy nice done trees to care.. :)

Re:Why? {Because....} (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19553835)

Tron was a great movie!
Of course, the games were after the movie came out, as I recall....

Re:Why? (1)

dougmc (70836) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554091)

Why do they keep on making movies based off video games. Has there ever been a single one that wasn't completely crap? Sure they generate a few bucks, but it's not like any of the actors/directors/writers actually gain any prestige by working on these movies. Why even bother creating such crappy movies.
Well, let's look at the list ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_based_o n_video_games [wikipedia.org] ... They weren't all complete crap (and a few were OK), but a none of them are real winners.

Re:Why? (1)

LittleBigLui (304739) | more than 7 years ago | (#19561357)

Hey, that Monkey Island movie with Johnny Depp and Legolas was a huge success, wasn't it?

SCNR

Oh goody! (-1, Troll)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553293)

Yet another movie based off of a video game that's gonna suck.

Excited? (2, Funny)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553295)

Diablo is coming to the big screen!

I cannot say that I'm excited. But it begs to ask, will we see "Diablo 3: the Movie" game?

Re:Excited? (1)

mjpaci (33725) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553397)

Hey, I just want "Diablo 3:The Game" -- I'm really jonesin' for it...

Re:Excited? (1)

StarvingSE (875139) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554561)

Sacred 2 [sacred-game.com] is coming out, which looks to be really good. I actually like it a lot better than Diablo, you might want to give the original a try since you can pick it up dirt cheap now.

Re:Excited? (1)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 7 years ago | (#19568419)

I've been calling "Diablo 3" by the name "Titan Quest".

Also available now (with an expansion). It's like a Greek Mythology mod for a never existent Diablo 3 game.

Re:Excited? (1)

BoredAtWorkWhatElse (936972) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553485)

I cannot say that I'm excited. But it begs to ask, will we see "Diablo 3: the Movie" game?

A game based on a movie based on a game ? Oh please kill me now !

Re:Excited? (1)

Rycross (836649) | more than 7 years ago | (#19555199)

I take it you've never heard of Street Fighter: The Movie [wikipedia.org] ?

MY script for the movie: (4, Funny)

spocksbrain (1097145) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553333)

*clang* *clang* *clang* "cha-ching" *clang* *clang* *clang* "cha-ching" *clang* *clang* *clang* "cha-ching" *clang* *clang* *clang* "inventory is full" x 1,000,000 The End. BTW... they are fun and addicting games, and I still love them. However, I would rather have movies based on the stories from warcraft or starcraft universes, much more depth)

Re:MY script for the movie: (3, Funny)

iknownuttin (1099999) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553533)

*clang* *clang* *clang* "cha-ching" *clang* *clang* *clang* "cha-ching" *clang* *clang* *clang* "cha-ching" *clang* *clang* *clang* "inventory is full" x 1,000,000 The End.

On the DVD extras of Star Wars III, there's a segment on the pre-production of the movie. Lucas walks in with the script and one of his employees says something like, "That was fast!"
Lucas then says something like, "It wasn't hard. It's line of dialog and then several pages of 'then they fight'."

cha-ching! indeed!

Re:MY script for the movie: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19557073)

Well, it was the best of the remakes.

Re:MY script for the movie: (5, Funny)

kkohlbacher (922932) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553597)

I can see it now...
Sitting in movie theatre, on screen a Paladin emerges from the shadows slowly reaching for the treasure chest below him:

Paladin: "Here it is. The Brainhew. +14 to Minimum Damage, +4 Light Radius, 10-14% Mana stolen per hit, and 15-35 fire damage. The legends were true..."

*Movie theatre crowd erupts into cheers, hoots and hollers*

Re:MY script for the movie: (3, Funny)

everphilski (877346) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553847)

no, no, full Isenharts!

Re:MY script for the movie: (1)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554567)

More like

The paladin, swinging his sword bravely at the dragon: "DOTS, DOTS, MORE DOTS! I want to see more DOTS!"
Paladin: "Who pulled the hatchlings? 50 DKP MINUS!!!!"

Re:MY script for the movie: (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554579)

Paladin: "Here it is. The Brainhew. +14 to Minimum Damage, +4 Light Radius, 10-14% Mana stolen per hit, and 15-35 fire damage. The legends were true..."

Sorceress: What-ever. Mephisto didn't drop my Orb, again, the bastard. Let's restart so we can kill him again.

Seriously, they should do it up sort of like Ground Hogs Day, only the "heroes" are more or less in control of the replays.

Mephisto: You're too late! Ha ha ... Wait... I feel like I've said this before.

Party: Yeah, you have. We've killed you like 5,000 times already, cus we're gearing up for Act IV.

The only way the "villains" would be able to break the cycle of being repeatedly killed every day by the heroes is to learn the true meaning of love...

Re:MY script for the movie: (1)

TheSkyIsPurple (901118) | more than 7 years ago | (#19555837)

I thought only the Barbarians could yell, or do each of the audience members have an item that grants them that power as well?

Re:MY script for the movie: (1)

Cadallin (863437) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553657)

Oh it could be done. Starring Johnny Depp as Fighter, Ian McClellan as Sorceror (or Caine), and Angelina Jolie as Rogue it might even be watchable. You've got to mix it up, have some drama. "Please! Find this Butcher and slay him, so that our souls may finally rest!" Dude! Wirt played by Elijah Wood. He'd show up at odd times, and need saving, thus providing comedic relief, plus the antics of Fighter. It would the best horrible movie ever, one of the great camp exercises of our era.

Re:MY script for the movie: (1)

everphilski (877346) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553873)

Wirt played by Elijah Wood

Only if they would kill him after he said 'It is now time for you to destroy the soulstone...' for the eleventyeth billion time ...

Re:MY script for the movie: (1)

tcc3 (958644) | more than 7 years ago | (#19558207)

No, man, Cain's gotta be Sean Connery. I would pay money to see either of them do the Cain rap

"Stay a while..and lishen"

All on the big screen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19553341)

Yes, all of the action and adventure of pointing and clicking. And pointing and clicking. With more pointing and clicking. Oh yeah and the occasional potion, too. Personally I'd like to see a series of StarCraft movies instead.

Hard to forsee where this will go (1)

CouchNinja (1096507) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553385)

This could really go anywhere. We have the many horrid to mediocre game movies on one hand, and the blizzard quality control on the other. I mean, it's blizzard; if they could keep up diablo/warcraft cut scene quality for an hour and a half, it could end in the general direction of 300, which is not at all a bad thing. Add in a rich lore, with numerous novels to back up the story, and the potential is really there...

Will the characters... (1)

fromtheblueline (717915) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553393)

in the movie flip equipment into the air and make dupes?

Diablo Movie Now in the Works? Hope not. (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553443)

Diablo Movie Now in the Works?


Hope not. Ask the Dungeons and Dragons franchise how hard it is to bring fantasy hack-n-slash to the big screen.

Re:Diablo Movie Now in the Works? Hope not. (1)

ajs (35943) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553809)

Ask the Dungeons and Dragons franchise how hard it is to bring fantasy hack-n-slash to the big screen.
Cheap, but appropriate shot.

Either source could work well, but I agree that neither was/is likely to.

Then again, there's a school of thought that says that 90% (or your favorite made-up percentage) of movies are going to suck no matter how many you make, so you might as well crank them out when possible. I'm not sure that that's quite accurate, but it's probably close enough to merit SciFi continuing to crank out the "scary animal of the week" movies until they hit paydirt.

As for the Diablo movie... take the basic idea that a sole farmer survives the destruction of his home and joins others in a quest to destroy the evil that did it... that's Campbell in a nutshell, so sure it can work. It's just hard to get a writer and director and actors that are good enough to make it work into a room together with a budget.

I think you just said "Star Wars" (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553941)

As for the Diablo movie... take the basic idea that a sole farmer survives the destruction of his home and joins others in a quest to destroy the evil that did it... that's Campbell in a nutshell, so sure it can work. It's just hard to get a writer and director and actors that are good enough to make it work into a room together with a budget.


Farmer...quest...and a multi-billion dollar franchise grown out of low-budget actors. I think you just said "Star Wars".

Re:I think you just said "Star Wars" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19554173)

Yeah noticed he mentioned "Campbell"( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Campbell [wikipedia.org] ) in there, Star Wars is pretty directly influenced by his ideas....

Re:I think you just said "Star Wars" (1)

MontyApollo (849862) | more than 7 years ago | (#19555587)

It actually was a direct reference to Star Wars. The OP assumed the Slashdot crowd would know who Joseph Campbell was.

Body Harvest Moon (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#19555427)

As for the Diablo movie... take the basic idea that a sole farmer survives the destruction of his home and joins others in a quest to destroy the evil that did it
No, that's Body Harvest Moon.

Re:Diablo Movie Now in the Works? Hope not. (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554451)

Hey, now, Wrath of the Dragon God (aka D&D 2) wasn't bad, especially compared to the abomination that preceded it.

Re:Diablo Movie Now in the Works? Hope not. (1)

Annymouse Cowherd (1037080) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554655)

Have you ever seen the Diablo 2 cinematics?

I always click through the cut scenes... (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554965)

I always click through the cut scenes...I'm just there for the action...that what we're talking about?

Re:I always click through the cut scenes... (1)

Synic (14430) | more than 7 years ago | (#19555811)

You're missing out. The cut-scenes for Blizzard's single player games are fantastic.

Re:I always click through the cut scenes... (1)

Kalriath (849904) | more than 7 years ago | (#19557971)

Indeed. And WoW's cinematic trailer leaves most people saying "screw the game, give me another hour and a half of cinematic!"

Re:Diablo Movie Now in the Works? Hope not. (1)

BadMrMojo (767184) | more than 7 years ago | (#19556807)

Have you ever seen the Diablo 2 cinematics?

Have you ever timed the Diablo 2 cinematics?

Re:Diablo Movie Now in the Works? Hope not. (1)

morari (1080535) | more than 7 years ago | (#19556867)

D&D was lame to begin with however. Ask Conan instead. ;)

No Frank Gorshin... (1)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553445)

Too bad Frank Gorshin is dead, he could have reprised his role from the Diablo 2...

Great (1)

svendsen (1029716) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553447)

90% of the movie will be about clearing the same sections over and over until the main characters gets the right ubber drop.

No wait it could be about the main characters fighting cows with weapons...that actually might be fun to watch :-)

Re:Great (1)

sathran (1098719) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553573)

I'm guessing they'll hire at least 20 extras to shout "PK" and run about in panic, in the background.

Now I want to go reinstall D2... (1)

Incompetnce (1108013) | more than 7 years ago | (#19555891)

Wide angle shot of people milling around town shouting "TP PLS" over and over again. Some jump cuts of a sorceress of teleporting through to Baal A few minutes of crazy-intense ultraviolence (or loads and loads of bonewalls) with heavy metal soundtrack Then a tear-jerking soft-focus moment as one of the party lies dying. His final words are "dam lag" Oscar winning material right there...

Could be worse (1)

Hotawa Hawk-eye (976755) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553453)

At least this time, no one will release a horrible movie tie-in game to try to either take advantage of the movie's hype or to increase the level of hype around the movie.

Re:Could be worse (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554501)

A bad game based on a bad movie based on a game.. what a concept! [wikipedia.org]

Most unique movie to date... (0, Redundant)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553483)

If they can manage to make the paths and maps the story uses change each time you watch it. Sweet.
If not, it may be in danger of sucking like every other video game based movie.

awesome (1)

disturbedite (979015) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553709)

i think starcraft 2 followed by diablo 2 & a diablo movie would be some major blockbusters for blizzard... hopefully these rumors will come true. can't wait!

Re:awesome (1)

SlashdotCrackPot (1019530) | more than 7 years ago | (#19553763)

I wouldn't slap a zod in that one yet...................

Re:awesome (4, Interesting)

mattgoldey (753976) | more than 7 years ago | (#19557563)

Diablo II came out 7 years ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diablo_2 [wikipedia.org]

I'd love for them to make Diablo III, but as a WoW player, I've seen SO much of the Diablo games incorporated into WoW, that I don't think they'd even bother. WoW practically is D3.

Details (2, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554525)

Maybe they'll finally explain how tiny little Rakanishu can hide two magical halberds and a pile of gold coins under his loincloth.

Well.. (1)

BlackCobra43 (596714) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554901)

how else do you think he gets all the lady fallen's attention?

Look for the sequel, Diablo: Gold Farmers Revolt (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 7 years ago | (#19554891)

As we follow our fearless band of gold farmers thru the tunnel systems, hoping to bring home $2 for a long hard day's work.

Basic Plotline: (1)

Eberlin (570874) | more than 7 years ago | (#19555989)

Basic Plotline:

Somewhere in the ice caves (or whatever they're called, I forget) the bastard necromancer wearing his best armor and a shield with 6 diamonds meets up with this huge group of yetis with the one in the middle sporting healing, lightning and multiple shot. Blood Golem hits yeti, yeti lets out lightning, golem dies (taking out 50% of necromancer's life with him), lightning glob hits necromancer...dead. Necromancer resurrects, has to run into the cave in his underwear to collect all his loot...Blood Golem hits yeti...lather rinse repeat until Necromancer has hit his base XP level, zero gold, and Yeti continues to heal itself.

Necromancer finally makes it back to his previous corpse and loot, tries to cast a spell, finds out that the equipment didn't go into the right slots -- his favorite bone wand is on the floor while the crappy wand he stashed in the horadric cube (to sell at the local swap-meet) is now equipped. He wonders aloud if Harry Potter ever had days like these. Blood Golem hits yeti...

Scrapping together as much gold as he had left, he goes back to a previous act to pick up a decent amazon hireling (he never could stand those barbarians anyway)...takes everyone back to the ice cave. Necromancer doesn't summon blood golem this time, tries the stealthy approach. Yeti waits 15 feet from the old corpse. Necromancer creeps slowly...then in a mad dash runs to retrieve the corpse. As he retreats for cover, amazon hireling shoots Yeti with arrows. Yeti lets out lightning globs...Necromancer dies again.

Deckard Cain has witty remark about death at the camp. Necromancer considers dragging the old man along as cannon fodder...throws Cain at the yeti. Yeti kills Cain. Necromancer casts Corpse Explosion on Cain's body...kills Yeti, takes his clothes back. Yeti drops greaves with 50% lightning resistance.

Decard Cain? (1)

fuo (941897) | more than 7 years ago | (#19556229)

They better get Sean Connery to play Decard Cain!

A movie, eh? (2, Funny)

PhetusPolice (934823) | more than 7 years ago | (#19556339)

I can see the title now: "Diablo: The Quest for an SoJ"

Spoiler warning (2, Funny)

roystgnr (4015) | more than 7 years ago | (#19556709)

click click click click click click click click click click click click

Hmm... Slashdot thinks that my description of a typical Diablo game violates their "lameness filter". I agree, but why should my post be punished for that? It's Blizzard's fault.

Been there done that (3, Funny)

aarku (151823) | more than 7 years ago | (#19556927)

It's a musical and it goes something like this:

*Sung to the tune of Badger badger badger [badgerbadgerbadger.com] *

Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky

UNIQUE! UNIQUE!

CaClicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky Clicky

UNIQUE! UNIQUE!

Oooooooh, a rare, ooooh it's a rare.

(Repeat ad infinitum.)

Re:Been there done that (1)

jfodale (1032534) | more than 7 years ago | (#19564713)

See sig:

This just in (1)

CptPicard (680154) | more than 7 years ago | (#19558385)

It's going to be directed by Uwe Boll, the grand master of videogame movies!

Missing content (1)

onedobb (868860) | more than 7 years ago | (#19563779)

If your going to have a Diablo movie, you gotta have the cow's. It would be great to have maybe a 5 minute movie after the credits with everything besides the main character being a Cow. COWQUEST!!!!!

Oh man I had the best idea... (1)

manowar821 (986185) | more than 7 years ago | (#19564297)

I'd like to see the main character trying to do the dupe/drop trick. He'd look absolutely retarded. Then after say, 10 tries, he'd realize he's in D2, not D1. Haha, he's a nub.
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