With the release of the Star Wars game The Force Unleashed comes new speculation about a new movie! According to the LA Times, Haden Blackman, the producer of Force Unleashed, would love to be able to walk into a theatre and see his tale of Darth Vader’s apprentice on the big screen.
There’s plenty of signs that show it could already be in progress, like the huge, 224 page behind-the-scenes book that celebrates the game like it’s already a movie, the graphic novel that’s already been released, and a soon-to-be available book by Austrailian Sci-Fi author Sean Williams about the game. Phew. George Lucas definitely seems to be pleased with the direction of the game and it’s story, and having just released Star Wars: The Clone Wars in theaters, doesn’t seem to be afraid of taking the franchise to the big screen again.
It definitely helps that there was a huge demand for the Force Unleashed game before it was even released. Unlike the weak box office sales of The Clone Wars, Force Unleashed sold over a million copies in the first five days. Now how much of this would translate to dollars at the box office, I don’t know, but if a million people will buy the game, I’m pretty sure that’s a good sign a few million people would head out to see the movie.
Of course, there is skepticism. The game didn’t exactly get rave reviews:
Most of the things that make up the “Star Wars” universe these days — movies, TV shows, toys and video games — are lacking the magic that made the original trilogy of films so incredible. Gone are the spectacle and awe. Instead, we get halfhearted disappointments (such as the current “Clone Wars” animated movie).
Sadly, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is no exception. It should be an amazing story bridge between Episodes 3 and 4 and one that boasts groundbreaking new artificial intelligence and gaming technology. But Unleashed fails to register the tremor in the Force we were hoping for.
-Pete Metzger, The LA Times
That echos the sentiments of many that bought the game. Despite the less than stellar reviews of the game, the team could not be more excited about a potential movie deal… and to tell you the truth, I could probably get myself hyped up too. But at the same time, it’s kinda feels overdone. George Lucas, when you started to try too hard is when the franchise started to wane. Star Wars will always be remembered as one of the greatest movie franchieses ever… but it might be time to give it a rest.
Do you think Force Unleashed would make a good movie?