Thursday, June 18, 2009

NEWS: Antichrist...The Video Game...


This would be under a WTF category, but I'm actually quite intrigued.

Coming out of Cannes this year, there was no film that was more talked about amongst cinefiles, and in many cases, news outlets, than Lar Von Trier's Antichrist. However, it's not only going to be getting a slow (if by slow you mean probably to two theatres stateside, if that many) release in the coming weeks, it's also going to be getting the film to video game adaptation deal. A post on the video game message board NeoGAF, which leads to a Politiken.dk article (Google translation) announcing its development.

Stated in the above article, writer of Hitman (the game), Morten Iversen will be developing the project, with the help of Zeitguyz (his newly formed company), and Zentropa Eden Games. Trier will have final approval of the design and final outcome.

Here is how /Film described the project:

Eden, as the game will be called, will be a first-person thriller/adventure game that invites players to confront their fears. Willem Dafoe will reportedly reprise his role in voice-over, though the game will not replicate the film, picking up afterward instead. (Not having seen Antichrist, I can’t surmise what that means for Dafoe’s performance.) Iversen says the experience will be “strong and very personal,” “controversial” and that it “…must be your own personal hell - a bit like a nightmare version of ‘Myst’.” First one to help I.D. exactly what ‘Myst’ he means there (the Cirque de Soleil show? seems weird) gets a no-prize. Iversen evidently was interviewed on Danish radio this week; if you heard that broadcast and have more details, let us know

The film sounds insanely interesting, and Von Trier is wan to not only push the envelope but sort of abuse his audience, most of the time for no real intellectual gain. He's not my favorite director ever, but he does have his own distinct style, something that I think is perfect for a world like Myst. The game, while having you confront your fears, will allegedly allow the computer (it's a PC only title) to take in news stories from the real world, and somehow include them into gameplay. It's an ambitious title for a very ambitious film. Hopefully this will break the "shitty game from a movie" formula that has befalled cinema in the past.

Here's the films premise...

A grieving couple retreats to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

That's all that anyone going into the film should know, because honestly, after reading a few spoilers, the movie is the epitome of an "f'ed up" movie. If you would like to read the FULL premise, click here.

Go see something good!

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