Red Faction TV Movie Planned

By Chris Faylor, Apr 27, 2010 7:40am PDT

As the relationship between cable television network Syfy (formerly Sci Fi Channel) and video game publisher THQ continues to blossom, Syfy has revealed plans to bring another of THQ's video game franchises to television in the form of Red Faction.

The explosive video games, set amidst the volatile political landscape of Mars, are to be transformed into a two-hour movie that will air on Syfy. According to Broadcasting & Cable, the movie will also serve as a pilot for a potential television series.

The third entry in the video game series, Red Faction: Guerrilla, was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2009. A fourth is currently in the works, "produced in conjunction with Syfy Games" and due out no later than March 31, 2011.

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  • It always seems to be such unexpected gaming franchises that get turned into films.

    Red Faction to me is most memorable for its use of physics- in teh original games you could dig through terrain and now you have fully destructible buildings. Similarly, Prince of Persia is now known for the acrobatic stunts you can pull off or for rewinding time, and Max Payne was initially famous for the ability to go into 'bullet time'. Doom is famous for being an old school first person shooter.

    All of these are purely gameplay features which do not translate into film.

    Games which I think could translate very well into films, like Half Life, Warcraft, Fallout, Assassin's Creed, all games which are memorable beyond gameplay elements, never get made into films. :/

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    • I think Valve's intention is that there is no need for a Half life movie as the game is fulfilling that role as well.
      I for one think that they could make an incredible Half LIfe movie series. The story and setting is fantastic, one of my biggest issues with Half Life is that they aren't progressing the story enough.
      Look at what they did with Avatar, built a great, fun, popular movie off a ho-hum storyline. Think of what they could do with HL. I think the problem with the games to movies is that they are seen by hollywood as niche markets and not really given the resources to succeed.
      I think Prince of Persia is probably the highest budget one I can think of so far, we'll see how it goes.