Sunday, May 11, 2008

Idea for the Bioshock game to be made a movie

a dystopic ayn rand storyline also identified as a continuation of the deus ex series is going to be made into a movie (http://www.stuff.co.nz/4520856a28.html). i'm sure its not the first person to think of this but it seems in this case there is a unique opportunity due to one of the critical in game mechanics: the ability to choose whether to harvest the little children to increase your magic power or to rescue them from their trance. Here’s the basic idea: 2 versions of the film, released at the same time, one is ‘the savior’ version, the other is ‘the harvester’. Film them both at the same time to keep costs down, each 85 minutes of film, both have unique goodies to help you better understand the world to incent seeing both films. As a consumer, I think this would be worth watching both, and as a studio, I think the cost structure is would be favorable and the folks seeing both movies would be pretty high, with the caveat that the differences have to be sufficient enough to have word spread its worth seeing both. Of course the dvd package will include both versions with an extra level of gameplay, etc. you’ve got the plotline, now harvest!

1 comment:

kim said...

That's actually a pretty nifty idea.

If well executed, the viewer would empathize with the protagonist in BOTH versions, regardless of the order in which the versions were viewed. That'd be pretty sweet.

I guess the closest thing I can think of is Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers, which were companion films about the same battle told from opposing sides.