Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen Have Reached Level Two On ‘Farmville,’ Need Your Help to Write a Film Adaptation!
Just face it. Farmville is a part of your life now and you’re never going to get away from it. As long as there are lame aunts and people who you sort of remember from high school in the world, there will always be Farmville. The last thing you hear before you die is probably going to be that your cousin Marvin’s sheep have gotten loose from their pen and he needs your help finding them. And you know what happens once something gets so culturally pervasive that everybody knows about it: Hollywood turns it into a movie. According to an interview that appeared on IGN, the Farmville film is in the works.
The bombshell news dropped in a video game interview of all places. When sometimes screenwriters Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen were talking about their work on the upcoming game “Spyro’s Adventures,” they let the news slip. When asked if they had any film projects in the works, one of the duo responded, “ … yes, we will continue writing movies. We are also working on several new and very exciting opportunities. We’re in conversations with Zynga to do something with one of their brands. Can’t really say too much on that front yet, but ‘Old MacDonald’ didn’t have a factory, if you get our drift.” Okay, that quote is vague enough that they might not be talking about working on an actual Farmville movie, but let’s be realistic here; they’re probably talking about working on a Farmville movie. You know Sokolow and Cohen from their working together on a number of film projects, most notably Pixar’s beloved Toy Story, so they’re a duo you probably feel a lot of good will toward. For the moment.
What would Farmville look like as a film? Your guess is as good as mine, but I hope they write a script heavily influenced by The Grapes of Wrath; a bleak story about a desolate farmer going door to door begging for help to keep his farm running before the bank comes in and buys all of his land. Maybe once we see the story from the other side of the fence, we’ll no longer mind being constantly bothered by people trying to run a farm with very limited resources. Those poor, desperate dreamers.