For many people, their first thought after walking out of The King’s Speech was “You know, that was a great film, but what I really want is to play the video game adaption.” Imagine hitting the A button repeatedly to keep the character from stammering, or perhaps having to hit multiple buttons in the right order – like in Dance Dance Revolution – to get a speech out. To say nothing of what game could be made from Blue Valentine! Well, those dreams are that much closer to reality as The Weinstein Company has now launched TWC Games.
Snark aside, they do have some properties that could be effectively turned into video games – though mostly horror films. There’s Scream and Piranha, both of which could make for good gaming. Perhaps they have control of some of Quentin Tarantino‘s properties – Kill Bill and/or Inglorious Basterds would offer entertaining button-mashing possibilities.
In the press release, Bob Weinstein raves:
“The video game marketplace is changing at such a rapid rate. With all of the digital platforms, there are so many opportunities to broaden our audience with compelling, high quality, cost-efficient, video game entertainment.”
“Cost efficient” is producer-speak, but it also leaves a bad taste. No consumer wants a cost-efficient game. Movie tie-in games are often fun but short because they’re stuck adapting what’s on screen. It’s good then that the company has franchises like Hellraiser or Halloween to draw on so these games could conceivably cover a number of the films in the course of the game. Or perhaps they’ll make a spin-off game where you can play as Pinhead or Michael Myers. It might be fun to see Kevin Williamson write the video game adaptation of the Scream franchise, which could add a whole new level of meta.
What Weinstein property would you like to play?