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Dwight Little of Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid fame will direct a movie adaptation of popular Namco martial arts game Tekken, Variety reports. Production on the iron-fisted flick is slated to begin on 4 February. Crystal Sky Pictures is providing the cash to turn Alan McElroy's script into what Little describes as a " …

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Bated breath

"The film plays out as a science fiction story set in the near future, about a rebel who rises up against the Tekken Corp. to seize freedom for his people. It's a gladiator story, but the videogame has a complicated enough storyline that it provides the template for a martial arts spectacular"

That would make it f*ck-all to do with the game then apart from the use of the word "Tekken". It's a bit like that other film based on a game, 'Hero'. I gather it's inspired by Guitar Hero.

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Slated already

"Production on the iron-fisted flick is slated to begin on 4 February"

I presume that El Reg don't consider this movie to be of Oscar quality unless they meant "Production on the iron-fisted flick is STATED to begin on 4 February"

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Production Checklist

* Marketing department

* Merchandising department

* Special effects teams

* Wooden actors

* Clueless director

* Video-game tie in

I'm sure they won't forget anything important, like, for example, plot or dialogue?

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dear god

NO MAKE THEM STOP!

Seriously, streetfighter, mortal combat, doa, JUST STOP IT.

STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT

It doesn't matter how good the story is (DOA has an epic back story but the film was crap and full of ugly hooker like Americans as opposed to cute Japanese girls.)

Man one day someone will make a film with an origonal story as opposed to a rip off of a book, game, other film.

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Martial arts spectaculars

ONG BAK was very good. Most other chop socky movies of the last 15 years have underwhelmed.

I'm not expecting much from this one, but if they can pull it off, I would be happy.

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@ Richard

tr.v., slat·ed, slat·ing, slates.

To cover (a roof, for example) with slate.

To put on a list of candidates.

To schedule or designate: Our professor has slated the art history lecture for Thursday afternoon; was slated to direct the studio's next film.

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@Richard

No, El Reg means "slated". It doesn't just mean "to pan a god awful idea of a movie because believe me it's going to be painful". It also means "to plan for a specific time or date".

I'm with AC on the "please dear god no..... "

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@Slated already

Not sure if you're joking, if you are than haha nice one, if not then you're wrong. You slate a movie, as the clapperboard is called a 'slate' in the industry, ie when you start shooting. a slate is also what people used to write on, ie start producing on a slate.

Sorry if it was meant in jest, didn't come across as it, thought I'd clarify in case

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@the previous Anonymous Coward

"Man one day someone will make a film with an origonal story as opposed to a rip off of a book, game, other film."

...or a tilogy of films based upon an amusment park ride. (Pirates of the Carribean)

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Heh...

Tekken movie is to Tekken game as Doom movie was to Doom game.

Good for an action flick, but nothing to do with the original.

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@John Macintyre

I'm sure it has more to do with the schedules that the Romans/Greeks used to keep on slates.

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It's all about the money !

Don't blame Hollywood, blame the Chavs that buy the cinema tickets.

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@Ash

lol, Doom... good action flick?! Not so sure about that...

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In other news

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Source: The Grauniad

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Games are Interactive. Movies aren't

When are they (money grubbing, hollywood producers) going to work that games don't cross into movies.

Every Single attempt has been crap.

Message to Hollywood bigwigs: "Create something fuckin' original!"

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DOA was awesome!

That film was so incredibly bad that it was fantastic! I don't think comedy was intended but i spent most of the movie with my hand down my pants laughing my ass off.

Never really played Tekken but if it has the same qualitys it gets my vote..

It cant be worse than a Micheal Bay movie anyway

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Um, remember that most films are based in some way on a book, comic, game or remake of something previous or on real life.

Most of the unique/classic style of films don't really get the limelight or much publicity because they are so different.

People go into films having seen trailors, read the book, played the game, seen a previous film and they have preconceptions and expect it to be just like what they expect. Everyone is unique.

I don't care if it follows the game or not. For me, any film based on something like that, does not have to follow what we all expect, far from it, it is something to explore the 'universe' of that game and to expand on things. The Doom series of games is one thing, but the film opened up the publicity for it again. There will obviously be people who have never played Doom (for whatever reason, age, no access to pc, game is too 'low graphics' for them, whatever), but they now have an experience of Doom.

The FPS part of the film is awesome, yes its short, possibly too short, but if the entire film was like that, then the viewer would see a vent and wonder why the character didn't go through it or would have switched weapon sooner or something. Would you play a game where you actually have no control of anything your doing, at all, but just sit there and watch it happen? Probably not.

Instead of always comdemning everything when you hear something new is coming out, why not actually wait to see it for yourself? Its not your money that they are using to make it. People, in general, are too quick to be negative and complain.

As long as your entertained for a while, then what does it really matter?

Of course, you could feel free to write your own [unique] movie script and pitch that... Maybe if instead of people using all the time they spend complaining, to actually spend it being creative, then there may be more unique films out there? Or games?

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"It's a gladiator story"

Please excuse me if I don't find this an appealing prospect. To my knowledge, the one film where this worked fairly well was "Bloodsport" - precisely because it didn't go for the "seize freedom for his people" bit. Martial artists almost always can't act, and "Bloodsport" worked because it just let martial artists do what they do best - fight. The only reason "Enter the dragon" managed to escape being total crap was reasonable acting (excluding Bruce Lee, who exemplifies the "martial artists can't act" principle). The rest indeed are a huge steaming pile of poo. So joy to the world - some dummy has decided to add another turd to the pile.

(Bleeding vulture icon chosen because Chuck Norris caught up with it.)

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Bleah!

Yuck.

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While you're waiting...

...check out the terrific Hong Kong duff-em-up from 2006: 'Dragon Tiger Gate', starring martial arts supremo Donnie Yen. Doesn't involve the Tekken plot or characters but features superb fights with 'special move' embellishments along similar lines . Also contains some hilariously blatant Nokia product placement! NB not to be confused with the Hong Kong Tekken rip-off 'Avenging Fist', which was bilge.

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@Brian

the FPS part of doom was the worst thing I have ever scene.

Serenity was pretty origonal.

Although concepts will inevitably be reused you can still make a story that stands up on its own without rehashing other stuff.

As to my own stuff

A short

http://www.strawberry-crush.co.uk/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.81

I try but it's mostly for my own entertainment - besides it's hard coming up with a story I really want to write. Also I have done my fair share of GMing over the years.

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Re: MAKE THEM STOP

"Man one day someone will make a film with an origonal story as opposed to a rip off of a book, game, other film."

Yeah! I for one would go see it. I love mathematics and I have already seen The Cube, A Beautiful Mind, Pi, Proof and Primer. Unfortunately none of them had an origonal story. Does anyone know of any films about geometry? I for one would like to see it.

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Plenty of plot

Tekken actually has more plot than a game like Street Fighter (as much as I love SF). I think one of the problems is that these games have so many characters that they need to stick them all into the movie, even if they have to stick them into the wrong spots. If they can streamline the plot and write a movie around it, they'll do well.

Of course, sometimes they just decide to write whatever the hell they want. That's probably the number one problem.

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I'm scared

"crap and full of ugly hooker like Americans"

"spent most of the movie with my hand down my pants laughing"

"I'm not expecting much from this one, but if they can pull it off, I would be happy"

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I blame the goverment

Just think of all the good games which influenced history.

Its well known that Bush went into Iraq after playing a particularly nasty CoD2 game online and getting his ass handed to him by a 12year old japanese boy.

any hoo... "Space Invaders The Musical" anyone

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original was it?

"Serenity was pretty origonal."

i thought the idea was to find films not based on games/tv, Firefly anyone?

still kicked some serious posterior tho

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