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Psychonauts Director Hates The Idea Of A Movie Adaptation

Psychonauts Director Hates The Idea Of A Movie Adaptation
Images via Double Fine

Written by 

Joseph Kime

Posted 

3rd Feb 2022 11:45

Movie and TV adaptations of video games are entering a whole new boom of popularity. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is on the way, a Halo series is coming to Paramount+, and both Mortal Kombat 2 and an adaptation of It Takes Two are in very early development.

All of this is before we even get to the hugely anticipated The Last of Us TV adaptation starring The Mandalorian himself, Pedro Pascal. Video games are coming for the masses and don't look to be slowing down.

As such, a lot of developers are reflecting on the possibilities of their own properties and how well they could adapt to the silver screen. Sadly, it doesn't sound like Double Fine is particularly keen to take to the cinema.

Will We Get A Psychonauts Movie?

Psychonauts Director Hates The Idea Of A Movie Adaptation

As much as we might want a cinematic adaptation of Brutal Legend, it doesn't look like it'll become a reality if Double Fine Game Director Tim Schafer has anything to do with it. In conversation with IGN after Psychonauts 2's big wins at the New York Game Awards, Schafer confirmed he's not particularly keen on any of his games coming to the big screen.

"We often get approached by people saying 'Hey, can we turn this into a movie?' but, you know, it's usually a distraction," said. Schafer "I think games are what I really care about and what I like to make and what I think are interesting. It comes up every once in a while, but it's never turned into anything. I've had a lot of free lunches out of Hollywood."

These days, it seems it's easy to just throw a script at a franchise and hope it land. You only have to look at this with the idea Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be heading up a Call of Duty movie. As for Double Fine, it hasn't only gone as far as Hollywood lunches.

A Full Throttle Movie Had A Script

Psychonauts Director Hates The Idea Of A Movie Adaptation

Though Schafer isn't particularly enthused about any of his games going to the big screen, he revealed that Duncan Jones, the director of the Warcraft movie, came to him with a full script for a movie based on Full Throttle.

"You could tell he really played the game and knows what it's all about," he said, That was exciting. It would be fun to work with Duncan but, you know, L.A and Hollywood, they are just a big whirlpool of lunches."

It's sad that we won't see Raz take to the cinema, but if it would breach Schafer's wishes for his games, then we're glad it won't be happening. Even if a returning Jack Black for Brutal Legend would be the stuff of cinematic legend.

 

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