Rockstar "made serious attempts" to block the Max Payne movie
Posted: 23.10.2008 12:14 by Simon Priest Comments: 13
3D Realms founder and the original Max Payne producer Scott Miller has revealed that Rockstar Games who bought the IP intended to stop production.

Miller also now fully supports the film saying it is one of "the best game-to-film efforts we've seen in the industry", despite his earlier comments slapping it around a bit.

"Along with the first Tomb Raider, I think it's hard to argue that Max Payne isn't one of the best two adaptations yet," he said to Edge Online. "To be clear, I'm proud of this film."

"...What I'm hearing is that the film is doing very well in many other European countries and Australia. This kind of opening brings us a lot closer to the reality of a sequel."

It's here he reveals the attempts by Rockstar Games to prevent Max Payne from reaching the silver screen at all as he says a "book could be written on the winding hazard-filled path this project took, through different studios, scripts, and even lawsuits."

"Not to mention, Rockstar Games, after they bought the IP, made serious attempts, including legal, to try to prevent this movie from being made, and were non-cooperative in providing materials that would help with pre-production." Perhaps Rockstar felt a tremor in the force, or just 'knew' the film would fall short.

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By Orv (SI Core) on Oct 23, 2008
I'm not so sure about "falling short".
Look, this film isn't a box office killer, nor will it be taking any golden statues home... but it simply isn't as bad as some of the complaints are indicating.
It stomped W. and lead the box office this past weekend... so someone enjoyed it.

It was an average action film with fair acting, fair action and good special effects.
By Orv (SI Core) on Oct 23, 2008
I gave it a "C", btw.
By madpuppy (SI Member) on Oct 23, 2008
It was ok, I was hoping for more of the feel of Max Payne, the heavy winter storm from the game added to the solitude and atmosphere also not one reference to "lords and ladies"
what the heck was that all about?!?
By ScythSoulces (SI Core) on Oct 23, 2008
If I had to rate the movie, it would be a "D".
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 23, 2008
I will no doubt watch it one DVD (as I work in a video store nowadays), but I think Wahlberg was the wrong choice and would have preferred Keanu Reeves. Then again, not a lot of good adaptations outside of Marvel ones anyway.
By Orv (SI Core) on Oct 23, 2008
Yeah, I rather thought Wahlberg was an odd casting choice myself.
I had an image closer to Karl Urban (Eomer, LotR - Two Towers) in my mind when I first heard this was being brought to Hollywood.
Gritty looking.
By Eversor (SI Elite) on Oct 23, 2008
I dont give a **** about hardly any moives.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 23, 2008
Good alternative Orv, but I think Urban got a bit lost when he did the much under-appreciated "Pathfinder" last year (while Clancy Brown was at his best since "Highlander"). "Chronicles of Riddick" didn't help Urban along too well either (yech!).
By Ba1dur (I just got here) on Oct 23, 2008
Its good if you don't go into the moving with high expectations. I liked it, but thats just me. If your used to a LOT of violence you'll probably hate it.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Oct 24, 2008
Hmm, I didn't think of Carl Urban when seeing this, more like a younger version of Mickey Rourke or some other rahter worn actor. ;) Wahlberg will always feel a little like a "punk" to me, but I will definately check this one as it makes its way to DVD.

I still can understand why game makers have a problem with their games being made into movies without their say - or steering.
By hunter612 (SI Core) on Oct 24, 2008
Rockstar's going crazy
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Oct 24, 2008
Block me! :P
By ScythSoulces (SI Core) on Oct 30, 2008
I am used to all kinds of violence and I don't hate it.