The Heat Vision blog for the Hollywood Reporter notes that Sony Pictures Animation has bought the rights to Atari’s game, Rollercoaster Tycoon. From what the article says, it’s going to be a “live-action/CGI hybrid”, which immediately reminds me of the Wachowski’s Speed Racer.
Hollywood has been testing the waters with a buying binge of rights related to games despite the stigma of fail that they’ve been trying to get away from. But, once in awhile, something actually pans out. Just look at the Resident Evil series. Story-wise, they have little to do with the games, but you can’t really go wrong in mixing together Milla Jovovich, bullets, and zombies. Most other adaptations, though, only enforced what gamers have always known.
Not every pick had made sense, either. For example, there’s Universal Studios having picked up the rights to Asteroids last year. Asteroids is a vector-based game involving one ship shooting rocks in space leaving more than enough room for a creative scriptwriter to fit a story in there somewhere. But by itself, a movie? Really?
And now we have Rollercoaster Tycoon which is a sim-type game where you manage and build a roller coaster themed fun park. How is that going to turn into a movie? I suppose it can expand in any number of directions, though. Like Asteroids, there’s a story somewhere eager enough to star in it.
If Super Mario Bros. has taught us anything about Hollywood, it’s that it will always find a way to make it work.