Spore Evolving to Big Screen

DRM issues shouldn’t affect the Will Wright-designed Spore videogame in its feature film incarnation.

Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has acquired film rights to the Electronic Arts title, with plans to make a computer-generated animated motion picture. Ice Age and Robots director Chris Wedge is aligned with the project, while EA Entertainment’s Patrick O’Brien and Maxis VP Lucy Bradshaw will serve as executive producers.

Other EA properties currently being adapted to film include The Sims, Army of Two, Dante’s Inferno, Dead Space and Mass Effect.

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    Kabyk says:

    Because Average Joe is an idiot and a cultural hack. They’d see a movie based on a game, because the game is "cool"; but a movie based on a ‘poem’ is "not cool".

    The poem would make a way better movie.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    It would be pretty funny is the film held intrusive DRM that prevented you from watching the movie when you want

    But then again rootkits and DRM in Videos and CDs are looked at more heavily since more people with more sway have the ears of our Congressmen

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    Velkrin says:

    Really?  You guys can’t figure out how they’ll do this?  It’s simple.


    1. Make a trailer.

    2. Make another trailer in which everything is drastically changed.

    3. Offer an ‘Extended Cut’ version of the trailer for a price.

    4. Allow people to send in clips of their home movies.

    5. Copyright homemovie clips and add to movie.

    6. Hype movie.

    7. Hype more.

    8. MOAR!


    10.  Enough hype!?  No such thing!

    11. Throw something together at the last minute and then produce thirty or so sequels.

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    Father Time says:

    Attention Hollywood: Just because a game is popular or good, does not mean it would make a great movie.

    I hope they learn this before they make LittleBigPlanet into a movie (shudder).


    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

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    Father Time says:

    Why would they make a movie on a story loosely based on the poem and not the actual poem itself? The poem would not translate into much of a game so I can see EA wanting to change the story, however I think it could’ve been a great film, so why not make it on the actual poem? The poem’s been public domain for eons now so you wouldn’t have to pay licensing fees.


    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

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    HungryHungryHomer says:

    I was under the impression that the reason properties like this get bought up was to deprive others of using the ip. Like, since Fox has bought the movie rights to Spore it will make it that much more difficult for others to use the ip for anything.

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    Monte says:

    Actually, spore not having any real plot might help the movie… Most video games films fail because they either don’t follow the original story, or they make some attempt to do so, but then end up failing to do it any justice (amongst other reasons); frankly, i can see dead space turning out like doom… for spore, with no prexisting story, there is nothing that the directors can actually screw up… they can be as original as they want to be. Writing the story for "spore" will be just like writing the story for an original animated film; just with a spore theme to it

    Not to mention that one of thing that Spore will have going for it is the fact that its a CG animated film… most past attempts at video game movies were mature themed games made in live action; as such they were taken much more seriously… and i use the term "seriously" very loosely as directors can translate that and take the micheal bay approach to film making and think all you need is guns, tits, and explosions to sell the film to an adult audience (which it pains me to admit that they are sometimes right)… in contrast, all spore really has to do is make us laugh, which is something they may be able to do with the director of ice age on the case… being "meaningful" would be nice though, as its the emotional moments that make pixar films truly beloved and memorable…

    There’s some potential here… but that could be said for a lot of game based off of films


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    Unruly says:

    Having not played Mass Effect, I can’t give an opinion on it becoming a movie. But Army of Two would work really well if done right, since the game was basically your average action movie fare in interactive form. Dead Space would also have a good shot at being a good movie too. For the most part, the story of the game plays out like the original Alien, but with a twist or two here and there. If they got Ridley Scott to direct it, you could almost be guaranteed that it would be a blockbuster.

    But I don’t know if Ridley would do it since in the past he’s made statements about not wanting to go back to Sci-Fi out of the fear that people will only associate him with it and nothing else. But he may have changed his mind since he’s gotten a stable of decidedly non-sci-fi movies under his belt, and most have them have been astounding(Black Hawk Down, Hannibal, American Gangster, Gladiator).

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    Kabyk says:

    Hollywood is basically the Black Plague for any good IPs it absorbs. And considering all Hollywood does now is adapt, you’re looking at a Black Hole specifically meant for anything that was once good.

    I still hate that "fans" are too small a margin to stop all these adaptations. Its been blown WAY out of proportion. I hate to reuse something I already said, but you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.

    World of Warcraft and Prototype are also on the movie license list. And lets not forget Jake Gyllenhall’s Prince of Persia (who apparently has a name in the movie. i hate you jake.)

    Maybe we should stop enjoying things, because of the disappointment you’ll inevitably feel when it becomes a movie.

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    SeanB says:

    Does the game specifically follow the book? No. it has it’s own characters, graphics, names, places. While it shares common elements, it’s not a 100% recreation of the book.

    Therefor it is it’s own license. It would appear someone wants to make a movie from the game, not the book.

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    djnforce9 says:

    Yup. Which means we will have four mini-films (about same level of quality as those pixar short animations) followed by the main feature that takes place out in space.


    Seriously though, as Spore did not have any real plot (same deal with the Sims as the player develops their own plot/story for their characters), I don’t see this materializing into anything meaningful. On the other hand, Dead Space and Mass Effect are better choices for films in my opinion. Mass Effect would certainly have an awesome soundtrack just like the game (80’s sci-fi).


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    Dragoon1376 says:

    Aside from the "how?!" question, I wonder if Uwe will have a hand in this.

    First secure an independent income, then practice virtue. -Greek Proverb

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    SbEguy says:

    Well, a while back i read that some movie company had acquired the movie rights to Asteroid (yes, that little game where you control a triangle spaceship shooting asteroids), so this doesn’t seem all that insane in comparison:P

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