What’s this? Encouraging videogame movie news? It’s about time. Deadwood creator and television legend David Milch (Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue) has signed on to write the feature film adaptation of Quantic Dream’s brilliant PlayStation 3 videogame Heavy Rain for Lord of the Rings producers Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne. Variety broke the story, which was brought our attention by the good folks at Geekscape.
Heavy Rain tells the story of four people caught up in a web of murder and mystery by ‘The Origami Killer,’ who kidnaps young boys and drowns them four days later, giving the desperate parents just a few days to find and save their children. The game featured four protagonists – the most recent victim’s father, a troubled reporter, an FBI agent with a secret and a retired detective – each searching for clues to the mystery. The cinematic experience blurred the line between traditional filmmaking and videogames, forcing the player to make on-the-fly decisions that affected the story. Depending on who’s playing, and how fast their reflexes are, the game has a large number of different plot points resulting in many different endings.
Milch will be unable to begin scripting in earnest until his work on the new HBO horseracing series Luck. We have to say that with Milch on board we’re looking forward to the film adaptation of this half-movie/half-game. Maybe a videogame adaptation is next?