Spector Woos Hollywood

Woo logs on to Ninja Gold movie, video game reports on Ninja Gold, a movie/game collaboration between famed director John Woo and famed game designer Warren Spector (thanks FiringSquad). There are few details about the movie other than its contemporary theme of ninjas versus the Yakuza, and even fewer details about the game, as target platforms and release dates go unmentioned, but according to the story, this will be an unusual project where neither property takes precedence over the other:
Spector said Woo was intimately involved in the creation of the "Ninja" cast of characters, especially the hero. He said Woo's input on the basic situations and thematic underpinnings of the story puts him in a great position to develop the film property without a lot of assistance from the game creators.

Chang said the film will be more reality-based but still will have fantastic elements from the game. He said the hope is to put the film into production next year, but that requires a script to be completed by then. No timetable or publisher has been announced for the game.

The collaboration between one of the biggest names in video games and one of the top action filmmakers took a different approach to creation. Spector said that typically, someone from Hollywood shops a film idea around to game publishers and developers in the hopes of getting a licensed game going. Somewhat less typically, a game developer will come up with a game that hits big enough to interest the movie folks.

"What happened with 'Ninja Gold' was very different and, to my mind, much cooler. I know that my thought from the start was to develop something that would work just as well in games as in movies, and I know John was thinking along the same lines," Spector said. "This was an attempt to create a concept that would work in, and be developed for, a variety of media simultaneously. That's something new for games -- and for movies."
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As for me, the idea has some merit and I am interested to see what they make of it.

I believe that people are cynical because the success rate of such crossover projects has been about 1%.

Besides, how good do you think a movie about Ninjas fighting Yakuza is really going to be? You know, all they forgot is the pirates.

I suspect this is going to wind up in the same place as Michael Bay's game project.

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