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Beast
08-29-2007, 11:33 AM
To be honest... it could be a fun sci-fi action movie... or complete crap. :D

New Hollywood Company Bringing Joust to the Big Screen

Yep, you read that right: Joust is going to be a movie. It's unknown if egg eating and pterodactyl fighting will be involved as yet, but producers Christine Peters and Michael Cerenzie are on board. Read on for the movie that should be "Gladiator meets Mad Max."

Newly formed Hollywood production company, CP Productions, is bringing a number of new and classic games to the big screen and comic books. In addition, the company will package its sci-fi, fantasy and horror movies with video games.

Hollywood Producers Christine Peters (Area 51, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and Michael Cerenzie (Blackout, Black Water Transit) created CP Productions to focus on the under-25 filmgoer. The first of many projects coming from the new production studio is a new imagining of Midway Games' classic Joust arcade game.

"Joust is an arcade game that's as old as Pac-Man and has global awareness," said Cerenzie. "We took one element of the game and the brand itself and built a whole new world around it for the film."

Cerenzie calls the new script by Marc Gottlieb "Gladiator meets Mad Max." The film is set 25 years in the future and includes a Las Vegas suspended in mid-air.

"We've updated the game into a commercial, tent pole movie," said Cerenzie. "Marc has done an amazing job in creating a tantalizing and filmic world based on the original game."

"This film is the type of action-packed story that appeals to all four quadrants of the movie-going public and we are excited to be in the Midway Games business once again," said Peters.

"You need these kids to come in on Friday with a film's opening today because they're texting their friends right after the movie and you no longer have until Sunday," said Cerenzie.

The plan is to launch the new Joust franchise with a graphic novel, which is being penned by Steven Elliot Altman of DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics, and will be based on Gottlieb's screenplay. The film has been given the fast track by CP Productions and should be wrapped by June 2008. Several A-list directors are already interested in helming this sci-fi/action project.

Midway Games has a first-look deal with CP Productions on all of its projects and the game maker is interested in launching a new game franchise based on this film, according to Cerenzie. With the number of projects in the works, it's also likely that CP Productions will work with additional game makers. Cerenzie said that 80 percent of the company's film projects will have some type of game component.

"We'll cap each film with a moderate budget and bring in awareness with games, graphic novels, and toys," said Peters. "If you look at what Transformers did this summer, it reached well beyond the P&A. Today's kids grew up with games and graphic novels and we have that type of fan base to tap into with these projects."

Paramount Pictures has a first-look deal with CP Productions on the theatrical side and Cerenzie expects that studio to work on two to three projects a year. CP Productions will also work with other Hollywood studios on its films.

"I did all of my films with independent financing, which is a model we're doing with this company," said Cerenzie. "We're doing a lot of co-financing deals with studios and in some cases we're just using them for distribution. We're bringing money to the table, plus the video games, which gets a greenlight much quicker in Hollywood."

It's this business model, coupled with the gaming component, which should make the game, film and graphic novel deals announced more than just a press release. These movies will be made, according to Peters. And these movies will allow the directors and creative people behind them to have control of their visions.

"We'll work to keep the creative team intact throughout the process," said Cerenzie. "We won't have eight writers and six executives trying to put their thumbprint on the film. The vision of the filmmakers will be kept pure."

El Chuxter
08-29-2007, 11:52 AM
I'm leaning toward "complete crap."

They're looking to do the same with other classic games? What next? Duck Hunt? Defender? Pong: The Animated Series?

And just 25 years in the future? That short a time period for a "Vegas suspended in midair" and giant dueling ducks?

Beast
08-29-2007, 12:01 PM
I'm leaning toward "complete crap."

They're looking to do the same with other classic games? What next? Duck Hunt? Defender? Pong: The Animated Series?

And just 25 years in the future? That short a time period for a "Vegas suspended in midair" and giant dueling ducks?
Defender could be good choice. I wanna see someone tackle Q-Bert or Frogger. :D

Ji'dai
08-29-2007, 01:59 PM
I think both Q-Bert and Frogger were made into 80's cartoons. I remember watching Q-Bert.

I liked playing Joust but I think I'll pass on a movie adaption. Now a Pitfall Harry movie would be worth seeing.

El Chuxter
08-29-2007, 02:24 PM
Defender could be good choice.

Then I highly recommend The Last Starfighter. :D

JediTricks
08-29-2007, 03:27 PM
Time to buy an ostrich farm!

Man does this sound like a lame idea, too much corporate-think and not enough inspiration. Joust was great for folks my age, but its reign ended 20 years ago at best, now it's a cultural dinosaur, a sly reference on a throwback T-shirt.

figrin bran
08-29-2007, 06:01 PM
I'm holding out hope for Galaga :p

2-1B
08-29-2007, 07:54 PM
Combat and Jungle Hunt would be good games as well...

Rogue II
08-29-2007, 09:32 PM
While Joust wasn't specifically mentioned, they must have got the idea from this thread (http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=31118).

preacher
08-29-2007, 09:54 PM
Joust?!

These people drink too much bong water. Or monkeys really ARE in charge down there.

2-1B
08-29-2007, 10:23 PM
E.T. and Indiana Jones were fun games on Atari, too...are they gonna make movies based on those games as well ?

aeneas89
08-30-2007, 12:08 AM
i've read the screenplay for Joust. it's pretty darned ludicrous i must say. after giving a polite but negative review to the agent who sent it to me, there was a slight pause... and then came the reply "wait, did i tell you that the birds are gonna be cgi".

that will definitely do the trick.

figrin bran
08-30-2007, 12:25 AM
You mean there's an actual plot to this movie??? :p

I can't wait for Contra, Castlevania and Mega Man!

BountyHunterScum
08-30-2007, 01:06 AM
i've read the screenplay for Joust. it's pretty darned ludicrous i must say. after giving a polite but negative review to the agent who sent it to me, there was a slight pause... and then came the reply "wait, did i tell you that the birds are gonna be cgi".

that will definitely do the trick.

A new person claiming they've read the screenplay, I smell a very agricultural odor.

aeneas89
08-30-2007, 01:12 AM
A new person claiming they've read the screenplay, I smell a very agricultural odor.

trust me, i've read it and have worked in the business for several years which is nothing to brag about, new to this board or not. i wouldn't waste anyone's time or mess with the force by bull****ting.

JediTricks
08-30-2007, 01:33 AM
Yeah, I can't think of a time I've ever seen a plant say something that bad about a script before.

figrin bran
08-30-2007, 01:36 AM
aeneas has been pretty helpful to us LA collectors and his store stashes are very reliable so i would tend to believe what he's saying ;)

Kidhuman
08-30-2007, 06:49 AM
E.T. and Indiana Jones were fun games on Atari, too...are they gonna make movies based on those games as well ?

E.T. was one of the worst games I ever played and if they made a movie based on that video game, it would be people falling into a well for 90 minutes.

BountyHunterScum
08-30-2007, 04:59 PM
aeneas has been pretty helpful to us LA collectors and his store stashes are very reliable so i would tend to believe what he's saying ;)

K. How about the old Atari game Cowboy humping the Indian girl that'll make a good movie. lol

Jargo
08-31-2007, 01:40 PM
an arthouse movie based around Pong would be cool. black and white and minutes of silence between dialogue and action. that'll be so cool for those Emo kids. it'll just ooze pain and really speak to their shredded souls.

aeneas89
08-31-2007, 01:59 PM
an arthouse movie based around Pong would be cool. black and white and minutes of silence between dialogue and action. that'll be so cool for those Emo kids. it'll just ooze pain and really speak to their shredded souls.

i have read the pong script actually, it's a winner. I assume Pong would be all CGI?

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