Woo On Stranglehold: "We're Making That Into A Movie"
John Woo's Stranglehold was a highly anticipated game that was quite entertaining for a while, but had its fair share of flaws and was over much too quickly. For those of you hoping for a sequel, though, you'll have to settle for a movie adaptation...which might actually be better.
According to a recent Cinematical interview with John Woo, we learn that the director isn't necessarily interested in making another game, but he certainly plans to turn Stranglehold into a film. Lest we forget, Woo made the aforementioned game as an interactive sequel to the cult classic movie, "Hard Boiled," featuring Chow Yun Fat. And when Cinematical asked Woo about the game, Woo quickly replied, "We're going to make that into a movie." He went on to say that he doesn't currently have any plans to make another game, citing a lack of time as he's in the process of producing two movies (one in Taiwan, one in Shanghai). Maybe the somewhat lukewarm critical reception Stranglehold received is keeping Woo from returning to the video game world for the time being, or maybe he just thinks a movie would make more sense as a sequel. As it was, the game certainly felt a lot like a hardcore action flick, so it should make an easy transition to the big screen. Besides, with Woo at the helm, we should probably be encouraged.
All these films based on video games are starting to pile up; we're going to have to be selective when we head to the theaters. ...well, only if there's at least one or two decent productions in the mess of mediocrity.
12/9/2009 12:29:24 PM Ben Dutka