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Verbinski develops movie based on MMORPG troubles

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and Universal Pictures have bought the film rights to a newspaper story about the cost of obsessing about playing a massive multiplayer online role-playing game called Second Life.

The story, written by Alexandra Alter and published in The Wall Street Journal last year, focused on a married 53-year-old man whose real life suffered because of all the time he spent building up the virtual life of his game character. While the man was a chain-smoking diabetic, in the game world his avatar was that of a vigorous, muscular hero who was also recognized as a savvy businessman by his online companions. He also had a close friendship with another Second Life character owned by a 38-year-old woman. The couple were married in the game and engaged in all facets of such a relationship including having intimate encounters.

The as-yet untitled drama is being shaped as a film Verbinski would direct for Universal, the studio where he is also developing a film based on the sci-fi RPG video game Bioshock as well as a remake of the Korean horror film The Host. Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things) has been hired to write the screenplay for the new project. The producers will be Alain Chabat, Stephanie Danan, Sarah Shepard and Verbinski.

The WSJ article can be read here.

-Variety.
Constantine
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Posted: 12 years 50 weeks ago

Really, Gore? Was THE WEATHERMAN really such a success you think you can handle drama?

Already plotting revenge...
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Posted: 12 years 50 weeks ago

So is the movie about his fun in-game life or his other one? I'd like it to be about the in-game life. That'd be much more interesting than the standard "I'm a video game addict" story we hear all the time.

ShaneCeleb Wallpapers * Glee *
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Posted: 12 years 49 weeks ago

I hope we get to see Bioshock before we see this.

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Posted: 12 years 49 weeks ago

If it looks anything like that pic up top, it will look like some Hollywood size AdultSwim knock-off, and THAT would be terribly distracting. I'd sooner re-watch seasons of Red Vs. Blue.

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Posted: 12 years 49 weeks ago

this thing sounds mightily depressing.

Second the Bioshock comment.

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Posted: 12 years 49 weeks ago

I'm fairly certain that picture's from Second Life (the "game"), Traz. No doubt there would be Second Life segments in this movie, though.