What in the “I spend too much time on the computer” hell is going here? According to Variety, Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski wants to direct a film based on online games that allow participants to role play and create a “second life.”  Apparently, there was an article written in the Wall Street Journal, that discussed a couple whose marriage became strained once the husband became too attached to his online persona.

The article by Alexandra Alter focuses on a married man who spends as many as 20 hours a day on a computer, existing through an avatar who is a thriving, musclebound entrepreneur. In reality, he is a diabetic, chain-smoking 53-year-old.

Verbinski will develop the film as a directing vehicle; Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises”) will pen the script.

I don’t want to judge anyone, because the internet is a detrimental part of my life too, but a marriage? Yeesh!  I’ve never delved into the world of online role playing personally, because living through an avatar just doesn’t appeal to me. The whole idea is just a little too Terminator, SkyNet for my taste.

On the internet based movie scale, I wonder if this film will measure more towards The Matrix or The Net? Hmmmmm?