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Sucker Punch Leery About Taking Cole To The Big Screen

With popular video game franchises like Uncharted going to the silver screen, one might assume Sucker Punch's inFamous is on deck.

And while that will always remain a possibility, it's really the furthest thing from the developer's mind right now...despite the fact that a script has already been written. In speaking to CVG, inFamous 2 producer Brian Fleming said he knew a script had been in place for two years, but we're still a long ways off from seeing Cole in movie theaters. Said Fleming:

"I don't know, I get asked this question a lot and I should have been prepared for it but the reality is I'm a video games guy and I know there's been Uncharted and Halo and there was even a script written for an inFamous movie two years ago.

It feels like we're still infinitely far away from having an inFamous movie. Could it happen? Absolutely it could happen. Will it happen? I'm pretty sceptical, I don't know."

Fleming seems a little leery about it, to be honest. He said he's heard "weird rumors about one of these video game movies where they changed the character to a guy so that they could cast this actor." His reaction ("What the heck is going on?") is understandable, and we agree that it's disrespectful to the game.

And when all is said and done, Fleming says he doesn't know anything about film; he knows about "making games." He'd only be excited because of the life experience but beyond that, it seems someone in Hollywood would have to do a lot of convincing to get inFamous on the big screen.

Related Game(s): inFamous, inFamous 2

Tags: infamous, infamous 2, sucker punch, infamous movie

5/5/2011 10:27:37 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (37 posts)

matt99
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 10:41:30 AM
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Video game movies shouldn't suck, I don't see a reason why games with a good story shouldn't make a good movie. It's just the film producers that are doing it for a quick buck and don't bother to learn about the game, this is why I'm optimistic about Ubisoft's film/tv division.

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frylock25
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 10:42:45 AM
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please dont do it

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gangan19
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 10:47:39 AM
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OK? see how uncharted makes it to big screen then decide i think. I believe any and everything deserves a chance.

It might be a cool movie who knows? with the right bad-ass actor... my choice is ED Norton

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 1:30:57 PM

Jason Statham

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gangan19
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 2:12:27 PM

ahhh yes, he's bald and can fight...

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 2:26:33 PM

He's not electrifying enough... The most electrifying man in sports entertainment, THE ROCK!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 4:26:42 PM

You're joking right? He had to hook himself up to batteries to stay alive in Crank 2 :)

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gangan19
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 4:51:27 PM

crank 2 was kinda too too stupid....but he does fit the role kinda well

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 5:47:36 PM

Yeah it was corny, but I liked it anyway. OTT is good with me now and then. You might want to watch it with an enhanced beverage technique though.

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Underdog15
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 10:47:57 AM
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"Fleming seems a little leery about it, to be honest. He said he's heard "weird rumors about one of these video game movies where they changed the character to a guy so that they could cast this actor." His reaction ("What the heck is going on?") is understandable, and we agree that it's disrespectful to the game."

Hmm... wonder if he's referring to Uncharted... Anytime you change the character to fit an actor, you've got it backwards, and you're bound to end up with some very boring dialogue and meaningless plotlines (not the same as story).


Anyways, even when you consider the styleishness in inFamous, from the way the conduits move to the sporadic and fast moving atmosphere, you'd need an awfully big Spec.Eff. budget to pull it off properly...

i dunno... I like some movies based on games, but I'm 100% ok if they don't happen either.

If you ask me, video games are a 100% credible entertainment line that more people should begin to accept as a piece of culture. Especially games that have good stories and artistic expression. I've heard the argument that most games aren't very artistic, are fast paced, and strictly action based.... but.... so are movies.

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maxpontiac
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 11:16:34 AM

Excellent point Underdog. if inFamous was made into a movie, the movie itself would need ILM quality FX to make the movie right.

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Temjin001
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 10:49:55 AM
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Stay leery Sucker Punch. Infamous will always be thought of best for it's success in the gaming world. Game movies are always such a turn off for me.

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Kiryu
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 11:18:07 AM
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Infamous series is already the best and fantastic original Super Hero movie.
Cole Magrath is my Favorite Super Hero ever.

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Underdog15
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 11:22:48 AM

Or Evil Villain!

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Kiryu
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 11:24:31 AM

Yeah or Villan but for me The Beast is one of the best villan ever.

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Kiryu
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 11:23:51 AM
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Infamous Series is the first series where the story is continued into the sequel and it's still an awesome story.

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Jawknee
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 11:33:09 AM
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I would be too. Hollyweird has a tendency to screw these things up.

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gangan19
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 5:45:18 PM

you can only hope for the best if they do

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GuyverLT
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 11:44:08 AM
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If you're expecting video-game movies to be exactly like the games then you'll only end up disappointed & angry in the end. No one should get there hopes up when they're favorite games gets turned into a movie. If your going to go see any video-game based movie you should go with an open-mind and be prepared for it NOT to be anything like the game.


Both the Tekken and King of fighter movies were both so horrible and I'm not just saying that from fanboy's perspective they really were terrible.



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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 1:33:30 PM

But if they made them like the games then they would be good.

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GuyverLT
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 1:49:53 PM

I agree with you on that but my point is it's Hollywood they're not going to. They haven't made them how they were supposed to be made yet and they probably never will this is all do to the fact that they take video-games for granted. The only way I see us having really good VG movies made would be if the individual studios came up with they're on film division like ubisofts doing right now and make them themselves other wise we're going to continue to see video-game movies that are either only mediocre or really bad.

The People in Hollywood know that these games have a butt-load of fans and because they're so unoriginal these days they'll seek out an opportunity purchase the rights for the name of the games just to draw our attention then when we go and see them they're something completely different than what know.

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Deathb4Dishonor
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 4:18:58 PM

I agree World... If they make the movie like the game than it would be good... I guess that's why Ubisoft made their own film studios... B/c everyone in hollywood destroys game based movies... Although i'm skeptical about Ubisoft, I still rather have them do a assassins creed movie than anyone else

PS... I don't understand why Sony doesn't do it's own movies for their game franchises... I mean, they own their own film studio and movie production (Columbia Pictures for anyone that doesn't know)... So if they were to do a Infamous movie then i hope sony does it and have sucker punch really involved in the project too

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RadioHeader
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 12:49:44 PM
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Give us a Manhunt movie with the entire cast of anonymous. No CGI.

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Miggy
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 9:28:50 PM

That made me laugh

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 1:13:33 PM
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So much the better. inFamous is, IMO, one of the best creative properties out there right now,m and I'd hate to see that cheapened. He brings up a great point about changing the characters to typecast a big name actor, and that is an concept that I really like. It shows integrity on his part.

inFamous doesn't need a movie. Not now, not ever.
Peace.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 1:38:16 PM
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I'm glad he doesn't just leap at it. The only way to do these things is to keep creative control, keep big name actors out of it, and hire on talent, writers, and workers that understand video games and actually play them.

I am POSITIVE, that if a good adaptation existed that translated effectively the story and feeling in a game then everybody would be able to enjoy it. Mangling a game into something they want the masses to see based on previous movie grosses makes for a bad movie. It sounds selfish, but catering to the game fans IS the way to make a great movie everyone can appreciate because it doesn't dumb down the material.

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BIGRED15
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 2:01:46 PM
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i'll never understand why directors cant seem to muster up a videogame based movie that stay's true to the narrative. It's like directors these days, when going on that venture, like to dissmiss some of the key parts of the narrative that made the game awesome. Infamous would be a great movie. The biggest issue will be if the director could somehow convey the difficulty of the decision making process and how it effects future decisions. Next off, would cole end up being the hero or the villain? You really could take the story either way.


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kraygen
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 2:19:35 PM
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An Infamous movie would have the potential to be one heck of an amazing film. In every way Infamous the movie could be great. If only hollywood did movies based on games with the same quality as other titles.

The only way that I would be ok with an Infamous movie is if some director did for video game movies what Christopher Nolan and Jon Favreau did for comic book movies.

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Danny007
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 2:27:29 PM
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Hmmm... just realized that no or not as many Xbox 360/ PC/ Wii exclusives have been recognized as possible good movies.

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tlpn99
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 2:46:13 PM
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It could be good if done right and the actor was correctly chosen. I'd back World and say Jason Statham, he's a good all round actor.

Possibly Matt Damon or Mark Whalberg too ? Maybe not sure on them.

The effects would have to be good too.

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BIGRED15
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 6:30:47 PM
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@Danny007
yea it is kind of funny how that is. Halo would have worked on the silver screen, and while mass effect is multiplat, its still orignally a 360 exclusive. ME would probably make a really good film (seems like right up george lucas' alley).

@tlpn99
Whalberg is kinda meh for a role like cole mcgrath. Jason statham kind of has the right ammount of gruff in his voice to match cole's, but i dont really consider him as an elite actor. I think out of your list, damon would honestly be the best, he looks the part, especially with how cole looks in IF2 and he can play a really good tough guy (bourne series) so i could kind of see him as cole.

Here's a cool idea. bruce willis as kessler? i think it'd work

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Lairfan
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 6:53:29 PM
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I'm glad SP has their priorities straight. Focus on I2 first, the movie later. Plus, when they show that they're cautious about their creative property appearing on the big screen (not saying that other devs like ND don't do this, but they usually don't go public about it either), it shows that they truly do care about their series and its reputation.

And besides, the only way this movie could work is if they transferred the "hard choices to make" theme successfully from the game to the movie. The other two things you'd need would be a huge special effects budget and Jason Statham as Cole (seriously, he's perfect for the role IMO). With challenges and large amounts of money spent like that, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone in Hollywood who could actually pull it off without completely changing or cutting out parts of the story to either suit their tastes or to use less money. Who knows though, maybe the inFamous movie will be the best video game movie ever when it comes out? It all depends on the people making the movie actually caring about and playing the game.

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BIGRED15
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 7:18:36 PM
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didnt statham already take part in a movie about electric superpowers. Crank voltage? lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 7:42:25 PM

yup, but I wouldn't call them super powers, he just needed juice to stay alive and so does Cole.

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Miggy
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 9:37:00 PM
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Yeah video game movies generally suck. Although I did actually like hitman. Movies based on video games do too. The only game based on a movie that I can remember actually enjoying was spiderman 2 for the ps2. That was great fun.
I think they'd find a way to ruin cole. They'd take the original character design for Infamous 2 and use that in the movie so some kid from twilight can star as Cole.

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___________
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 5:01:44 AM
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IF its going to be respected and sucker punch are constantly consulted and shown the story then im in.
last thing we need is another mortal kombat or doom movie!
shudder......... i still have nightmares of that!

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BIGRED15
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 12:51:46 PM
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Mk would be dope. definately needs to be a rated R venture though.

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