DOOM: The Movie Update

A report on The Hollywood Reporter titled "Warners corners film rights to vid game 'Doom'" (thanks Hammer) has the latest on the ongoing efforts to make a movie based on DOOM, this time out the goal is a DOOM III tie-in. Here's the freely accessible portion of the article:
Warner Bros. Pictures is in final negotiations to pick up the feature film rights to id Software Inc.'s video game property "Doom" in a progress-to-production deal that will see the project go in front of the cameras in 15 months, or the rights revert back to the software company. Studio-based John Wells Prods. will produce "Doom" with recently departed worldwide production president-turned-producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Once the deal is firmly in place, a writer will be put on board to pen the screenplay. Although the video game was controversial because of its violence when it was originally released, the feature film version will aim for a PG-13 rating. "Doom," a first-person shooter, launched in 1993, and a third installment is scheduled for release next year. The feature film's story line will most resemble the third "Doom," which is set in the future at a paramilitary base on Mars, where a scientific experiment goes awry and accidentally opens a portal to hell. The vastly outnumbered hero fights off the forces of hell as they come from the portal onto the deserted base. This will be the basis for the feature version, without the constraints of the first-person shooter format.
Update: Yahoo has the full text of the story online (thanks Shacknews) which includes quotes from id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead.
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Re: PG-13, ieez'a not so bad
Oct 2, 2002, 16:26
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Re: PG-13, ieez'a not so bad Oct 2, 2002, 16:26
Oct 2, 2002, 16:26
 
Hmmm...wasn't the first Alien movie Rated R???

I agree that suspense will make the movie, but seeing even brief flashes of human skin pinned to walls, bloody skulls, impaled carcasses, or even depictions of a mutilated zombie is enough to throw the censors into a frenzy and bump it up to an R rating.

Looks to me like the news post is nothing more than a cheap PR stunt by id and Warner Bros. to keep christian groups and soccer moms off their back so they can have full artistic freedom in making this movie. Artistic freedom that will most likely fall short of artistic.

Honestly, though, there has never been a movie based off a game that was anywhere close to academy award winning. I mean, come on...Street Fighter? Mortal Kombat? Resident Evil? All PG-13 movies, and all crap.

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PG-13, ieez'a not so bad
Oct 2, 2002, 16:04
87.
PG-13, ieez'a not so bad Oct 2, 2002, 16:04
Oct 2, 2002, 16:04
 
Ok so its pg-13... ok for something like doom, you will instantly think, "oh my god, it wont have anything that made the game good... aka the gore" But, throw in a good director... one that has emphases on suspense, and you wont need gore. Let’s take the alien series as an example shall we. Now the first alien, how much actual gore do you remember from that? Not too much. Ridley Scott used small flashes yes, but the majority of the film was all psychological, like the ventilation system scene (my fav by the way) all you actually see is the alien reach out for dude, then it goes blank... a great scene, which was scarier than hell as I remember it. Now take the new alien that came out (I know, I know, one hell'o a crappie movie) which had no suspense what so ever, just gore and guts splattered everywhere... and which of the two do you actually remember to be in the least bit scary? The answer... of course, would be the first film. You see you don't need gore to get a good sense of atmosphere, all you need is a director that truly knows how to tap into, and use, fear instead of expensive special fx's... as long as they don’t get the dude behind Resident Evil (which was one of the top 3 worst movies I have ever seen) making it, it could quite possibly deliver! And if it doesn’t, we all will have something to bitch about and we’ll all just go back to playing the game then won’t we.

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...
Oct 2, 2002, 15:16
86.
... Oct 2, 2002, 15:16
Oct 2, 2002, 15:16
 
Maybe the movie will be cool, maybe it won't be, one thing is... there's something coming that's about a million times or maybe 2 million times better than a Doom movie and that is Doom3 THE GAME!!.. it'll kick the SHIT out of any crap PG-13 disney movie where the pinky jumps around the corner and starts singing about how great life would be if there was world peace... STUFF IT!! Doom3 baby.. that's all I'll need. Looks better than any movie and sure as hell will be better to shoot the crap out of all that hell can throw at me! Yeah! Bring it!! my trigger finger is itchy!

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Re: Paul Anderson?
Oct 2, 2002, 05:34
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Re: Paul Anderson? Oct 2, 2002, 05:34
Oct 2, 2002, 05:34
ArA
 
WTF??? Theyre making an Alien vs. Predator movie??
Cool..........;)
BTW, Resident evil was kind of a watchable movie, (thought it would suck much more than it did)
.....Mila Jovovic..........mmmmmmm.........
And Event Horizon was so unhollywood-like it ranks right up there with the best of the Sci-Fi horrors, right behind
Ridley Scotts Alien, and John Carpenters The Thing.
I especially liked the part where the rescue guys watch the video diary of the lost ship, which shows a pretty gruesome scene of the ships crew taking part in a massive orgy, while at the same time eating or trying to eat each other........nearly lost my cookies on that one....argh...sick....
Paul Anderson bring it on......:)


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Paul Anderson?
Oct 2, 2002, 00:00
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Paul Anderson? Oct 2, 2002, 00:00
Oct 2, 2002, 00:00
 
When I heard that Pal Anderson was directing Alien vs Predator I was sorely disappointed. I watched about 15 mins of Resident Evil before giving up and thought Event Horizon sucked Lost in Space's gonads.

It's an obvious choice, however, and therefore an unfortunate one

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Re: Directors
Oct 1, 2002, 04:36
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Re: Directors Oct 1, 2002, 04:36
Oct 1, 2002, 04:36
 
Paul Anderson would be an excellent choice, but not because of his work in Resident Evil. To make Doom an effective sci-fi/horror/action flick Paul Anderson would have to incorporate many of the same ambient themes and special effects like those found in Event Horizon, IMO possibly the best sci-fi/horror movie ever made. If the demons in the movie were even half of what Sam Neil was in the last part of Event Horizon then we would have an absolute smash of a movie. Add a good plot and you've brought the genre to a whole new level.

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Re: PG13 might be a good idea... sort of
Oct 1, 2002, 02:08
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Re: PG13 might be a good idea... sort of Oct 1, 2002, 02:08
Oct 1, 2002, 02:08
 
If you're talking about the behemoth that you could hear stomping around from a mile out, had horns, shot rockets, and caused half America to piss their pants the first time they saw him, that would be the Cyberdemon.

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Re: PG13 might be a good idea... sort of
Sep 30, 2002, 19:44
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Re: PG13 might be a good idea... sort of Sep 30, 2002, 19:44
Sep 30, 2002, 19:44
 
AND i got that comic! Also a.... uhh.. i forgot the name of that one big monster in doom.. but i have a little metal figure of him.

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Re: PG13 might be a good idea... sort of
Sep 30, 2002, 19:38
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Re: PG13 might be a good idea... sort of Sep 30, 2002, 19:38
Sep 30, 2002, 19:38
 
Why the hell do we need a movie?
they already made a comic!!!
http://www.planetquake.com/articles/doomcomic.shtm

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PG13 might be a good idea... sort of
Sep 30, 2002, 19:29
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PG13 might be a good idea... sort of Sep 30, 2002, 19:29
Sep 30, 2002, 19:29
 
Im 15 years old and one of the first PC games i played was Wolfenstien 3D and Doom. So I think you guys are wrong about 15 and 16 year olds not knowing about Doom because i know lots of people that have played it before and are my age. I still think its a bad idea to make it pg13 or even make it in the first place, but i see why they would want to make it pg13 because a lot more people will go and see it.

(And if they do make it R, ill just sneak in anyways )

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Re: Directors
Sep 30, 2002, 17:49
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Re: Directors Sep 30, 2002, 17:49
Sep 30, 2002, 17:49
 
Oh yeah, and I agree it should be rated R not PG-13 if for no other reason than to avoid the swarms of 14-16 year olds, the likes of whom completely ruined Episode 2 for me by sitting in hordes of 5 and 10 in the rows behind me and talking on the cellphones, snapping their gum, and laughing every time Yoda spoke like they'd never seen Star Wars before.

Made it hard to resist turning around and going "If shut the fuck up you don't, destroy you I will."


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Directors
Sep 30, 2002, 17:46
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Directors Sep 30, 2002, 17:46
Sep 30, 2002, 17:46
 
Personally I'd like to see either Paul Anderson or Bryan Singer direct it. They both did a great job IMO on comic/video game movie adaptations (resident evil and x-men respectively.)

As far as the screenplay, James Cameron.


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DOOM Novel
Sep 30, 2002, 16:13
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DOOM Novel Sep 30, 2002, 16:13
Sep 30, 2002, 16:13
 
As far as I can remember there was actually a DOOM novel. So the movie can't possibly be worse than that. :-)

--Mr. Troll.

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Paul Verhoeven/John Carmack
Sep 30, 2002, 13:34
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Paul Verhoeven/John Carmack Sep 30, 2002, 13:34
Sep 30, 2002, 13:34
 

Paul if your reading please please please Direct Doom
John please let Paul do the Movie and btw John PG 13!! WTF the game is rated Mature!
Paul let John Romero write the screenplay.





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The one drawback...
Sep 30, 2002, 09:47
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The one drawback... Sep 30, 2002, 09:47
Sep 30, 2002, 09:47
 
is that you'll have to enter a 32 digit key to get into th film


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My thoughts...
Sep 30, 2002, 00:58
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My thoughts... Sep 30, 2002, 00:58
Sep 30, 2002, 00:58
 
as if you actually cared.

Those addicted to the game in 93-95 are atleast mid-late 20's or early 30's.

Just thought I'd speak up as an early 20s life form who's first game on his dad's new Pentium 120 was Doom (wasn't his choice, came as shareware). I'm 21, and I'd have to say I'm probably one of the last ones to be brought up on DooM. Quake quickly took over my life the next year, and I haven't been the same since.

merchandisingcashinripoffthenieaveteenmarket

Gesundheit.

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Re: pg-13?
Sep 29, 2002, 23:48
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Re: pg-13? Sep 29, 2002, 23:48
Sep 29, 2002, 23:48
 
I agree whole heartedly with you, my fellow geeks. Its all about money, corperate America will not stop until they have taken everything that is dear to us and bleed every last penny out of it. But this time they have gone too far. First person shooter fans are superior to your average consumer (sheep). We have short tempers, quick reflexes, a generally twisted sense of humor, and a nack for seeing the irony in every situation. And if they are not carefull, we might just playing CTF in their office buildings =)

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Re: My Doom Movie.
Sep 29, 2002, 23:32
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Re: My Doom Movie. Sep 29, 2002, 23:32
Sep 29, 2002, 23:32
 
NO F@*KING WAY!!! I took days, many days, off work to play doom when it came out. It dominated my life. PG 13!!! Dumbass Suits don't realise kids that are 13 are not into doom, unless Doom 3 is released on X-BOX, PS2, Cube, PC, MAC and promoted like no-other they won't care. Those addicted to the game in 93-95 are atleast mid-late 20's or early 30's. They've got more disposable income. Rate it for them, target the older kids. PG13....that has to be bullshit. Wrong demographic, zero aspiration, Lost Plot.

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Re: My Doom Movie.
Sep 29, 2002, 21:34
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Re: My Doom Movie. Sep 29, 2002, 21:34
Sep 29, 2002, 21:34
 
Come on guys a PG13!!!!!... my goodness, to all the suit and tie guys out there waiting to brew up a merchandisingcashinripoffthenieaveteenmarket ploy.. stop Think about how sucessfull starship troopers was. Yeah thats My viion of Doom the movie... thousands of CGI deamons being blown into thousands of bits, like troopers but with hell spawn. Who says a film has to target a pg-13 market to be sucessfull?? only an unadventurous suit i suppose. Anyhow as was mentioned above most of the target audience that was brought up playing doom are not gonna be interested in watching a film with that certification. As for me.. if it is a pg-13 then i`ll burn my original shareware disks the day its relesed.

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Re: PG-13?
Sep 29, 2002, 18:56
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Re: PG-13? Sep 29, 2002, 18:56
Sep 29, 2002, 18:56
 
yeah, and wtf's doom without blood? that so dumb

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