Here’s another video game adaptation for a major studio to sink their teeth into. According to Variety, Jerry Bruckheimer will produce a feature film adaptation of Shattered Union, the video game by 2K Games. The film will be produced at Bruckheimer’s Disney home, and will have a screenplay written by acclaimed scribe, J. Michael Straczynski.
Shattered Union is a strategy game that takes on a serious political undertone that highlights the division in America. In the game, the states secede from the U.S. and form their own governments that wage a civil war against each other after Washington, D.C., is wiped out in a nuclear blast and chaos ravages the nation. Players control one of the warring group of states — the California Commonwealth, Republic of Texas and New England Alliance are three of the six — or a European peacekeeping unit sent to reunify America.
Shattered Union was originally published in 2005 and went on to receive mediocre success, which is why I’m surprised they’re making a movie out of it. To my knowledge, the game was decent by professional standards, but wasn’t mind blowing. I’ll admit the premise for the story is interesting, but anything can sound good on paper. Lets see if these two can really make this happen.
What do you think of Bruckeimer teaming up with Straczynski for Shattered Union?