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The Thief videogame series is the next to take the trip to the big screen...
We’re hopeful that this is the year that the videogame movie curse is finally laid to rest. It’s a little bit of a myth that there’s never been a good film based on a videogame, but still, there’s certainly not been a very good one. Our hope is that Duncan Jones’ Warcraft movie will mark something of a turning point when it lands this summer.
That said, the videogame movies keep on coming regardless, and the latest to be announced is Thief. This makes sense, too. The pacing of the Thief games lends themselves strongly to a big screen adventure.
It’s very early stages, of course, »
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Straight Up Films has snapped up the big screen rights to the Square Enix video game franchise Thief and are partnering up with Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment and Prime Universe for a feature film adaptation.
The screenwriting team of Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (Misconduct, Not Safe For Work) will pen the script for the movie, which “will be set in the game’s dark fantasy world where a master thief tries to restore freedom, which has been denied by a magic-wielding tyrant.”
The stealth horror series launched in 1998 with Thief: The Dark Project and has been followed by four instalments, most recently in 2014.
- Gary Collinson
One of the best franchise video games in the past 20 years is being adapted into the big screen.
Straight Up Films acquired the rights to Thief, a video game series which was developed by Eidos and published by Square Enix. There had been a total of four video games with the latest published in 2014.
The series set a standard for stealth video games back in 1998 as the gamer plays Garrett, a master thief who sneaks around in the dark to accomplish missions.
Adam Mason and Simon Boyes will write the screenplay. Straight Up principals Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen will produce the feature adaptation, along with Roy Lee, under his Vertigo Entertainment shingle, and Adrian Askarieh, under his Prime Universe production banner.
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Source: The Hollywood »
- Gig Patta
Straight Up Films is getting into the video game movie business and is producing a feature adaptation of the Square Enix video game series Thief, with Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh also producing. Lee is producing under his Vertigo Entertainment banner. Sandra Condito, President of Production at Straight Up Films will exec produce alongside Khalid Jones of Source Rock and Square Enix, and Adam Mason and Simon Boyes have been tapped to write the script. First launched by… »
Straight Up principals Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen will also produce. Straight Up president of production Sandra Condito will serve as executive producer along with Khalid Jones of Source Rock and Square Enix.
“Thief” was developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Tokyo-based Square Enix with three sequels over 18 years. The game is set in a dark fantasy world ruled by a tyrant who exploits dark magic as a means of establishing control.
“This popular game is entirely unique within the genre, which is why we’re particularly excited to be working with these canny, dedicated filmmakers to bring it to the screen,” said Polvino and Cohen.
- Dave McNary
Straight Up Films has acquired film rights to Square Enix's videogame franchise "Thief" with plans to produce a film adaptation of the property.
Developed by Eidos-Montreal and spanning four games over eighteen years, the story is set in a dark fantasy world ruled by a tyrant who exploits dark magic as a means of establishing control.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Hangman may be just another down-and-dirty found footage flick at heart, but Adam Mason’s SXSW Midnighter turns the mundane format into a nightmarish invasion of privacy. His killer, whose calling card is that of a noose-tightener, plays the long game here. Action isn’t rushed and pacing is drawn out like taffy, but Mason’s meticulous dissection of a first-hand home invasion works where other equal efforts become dull and gimmicky. Families should feel safe together, but Hangman warps feelings of barricaded tranquility into voyeuristic naughtiness caught on the camera of a reckless stalker. He sees you when your sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, yet the “Hangman” is no Santa Claus – unless you consider backwash in your Oj a present.
- Matt Donato
The found footage approach to horror films has went through a great deal of scrutiny in the last few years, and rightfully so, there are a greater number of misses than hits. Films tend to fall into the same ol’ formula and cliche-filled pitfalls, with the “We need to document this!” line spoken more times than it hasn’t been. Luckily, Adam Mason’s Hangman bypasses many of those cliches and offers horror fans a truly chilling and downright scary experience that will refuse to exit your mind for quite some time following its final act.
What makes Hangman so interesting right from the get-go, is how almost dirty it feels. Instead of some family member or friend manning a video camera like every other film of its type, we’re given the entire film through the many hidden camera placed in the home of a family led by Jeremy Sisto (Clueless, »
- Jerry Smith
Alchemy’s latest horror release, Hangman, is hitting Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on February 9th; and right now we have your chance to score a copy on us. Adam Mason directed and co-wrote the script with Simon Boyes. The film stars… Continue Reading →
The post Win a Copy of Hangman on Blu-ray and Swing From the Rafters appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
Faint echoes of decades-old thrillers as diverse as “Fatal Attraction” and “Presumed Innocent” abound through “Misconduct,” a flagrantly derivative but modestly diverting drama of the sort that once claimed acres of shelf space at Blockbuster outlets. Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino saunter through the proceedings while picking up easy paychecks and providing marquee allure, but it’s up to the top-billed Josh Duhamel to do most of the heavy lifting in this neo-noir scenario about an ambitious lawyer who bends the rules during litigation against a corrupt pharmaceutical tycoon, only to become entangled in at least two conspiracies. Limited theatrical play will be a mere formality, as is usually the case for such VOD-ready fare.
Duhamel plays Ben Cahill, a corner-cutting up-and-comer at a New Orleans law firm who’s worried about his wife, Charlotte (Alice Eve), a registered nurse who recently suffered a miscarriage, and now appears to be channeling her grief into workaholism. »
- Joe Leydon
Misconduct Lionsgate Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B- Director: Shintaro Shimosawa Written by: Adam Mason, Simon Boyes Cast: Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Malin Akerman, Julia Stiles, Alice Eve Release Date: February 5, 2016 Misconduct, originally titled Beyond Deceit, opens “by-the-numbers”, introducing us to Ben (Josh Duhamel) a dedicated lawyer who spends most of his days and nights working at a New Orleans law firm, determined to prove himself to the firm’s big honcho Abrams (Al Pacino) and become a partner. He barely pays attention to his wife Charlotte (Alice Eve), a hospital nurse who works long shifts at the E.R. of a city hospital, and [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
I’m a sucker for films that hold the “Inspired by True Events” stamp on them. Sure, most of them are Very far from what the source crime happened to be, but still, it’s the quickest way to instantly get under my skin for a terrifying time. It’s with that approach that filmmaker Adam Mason’s Hangman sets genre fans up for a big scare, telling the story of a couple being stalked by an intruder and the events that follow. Led by Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect, Crank, Road Trip), Jeremy Sisto (Wrong Turn, TV’s “Wicked City”) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead, The War Zone, Secret Smile), Hangman is set to hit DVD/Bluray on February 9th, via Alchemy.
Returning from vacation, the Miller family find their home has been broken into. After cleaning up the mess they continue with their lives, shaking off the feeling of being violated. »
- Jerry Smith
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