Video game movies are a mixed bag – some of good, some are passable, most are abysmal and should have never been made. Still, there is a lot of inspiration to be take from games, especially for horror narratives. And, what luck, we’re getting a new one soon; Mortal Kombat screenwriter Greg Russo and Machinima are teaming up to create a live-action adaptation of F.E.A.R.
F.E.A.R. is a 2005 horror first-person shooter wherein players work for the titular organization, which stands for First Encounter Assault Recon, as they investigate some strange, supernatural happenings, with a lot of psychological horror in the mix. This was followed up by F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin in 2009, and F.E.A.R. 3 in 2011. There hasn’t been much news from the franchise since then, but fans have hoped for something more to come out of the franchise.
“F.E.A.R. holds a special place in my heart. I’m excited to bring my personal passion to this and future projects and can’t wait to see where our partnership goes from here,” Russo said in a statement.
And while Mortal Kombat may not be the most beloved of video game adaptations, Machinima General Manager Russell Arons is excitement to have a veteran screenwriter on the project:
“Greg is an inspired screenwriter who clearly loves gaming. To be able to bring his talents to Machinima Studios provides us an amazing opportunity to tackle action-packed series that are certain to appeal to our legions of millennial gamers and fans around the world.”
Since the deal has just been struck, there’s no telling when, or even if, this adaptation will come to fruition. There’s also no telling how much the script will stick to the original premise of the game, or if it will attempt to include multiple elements of the trilogy. Still, it’s a project to keep an eye on in the coming months, especially once we get a director and cast attached.