A Dance Dance Revolution movie is coming from Stampede Ventures studio, though no other details are available yet.
Video game adaptions of movies tend to get a bit of a bad rap. Movie adaptions of video games, if possible, fare even worse. That’s probably an unfair generalisation, though, because here comes a project that’s just bound for success. Dance Dance Revolution: The Movie. What could possibly go wrong?
Now, licensed titles are a thorny enough issue at the best of times. Whether you’re adapting a video game franchise for the big screen or you’re adapting a movie for gaming systems, you’ve got to pick your targets. You’ve got to take a look at a series/movie that would work well in the new medium, weigh up the pros and cons, make a PowerPoint presentation or two on the subject. Alternatively, you could just eschew all of that, go for the most ridiculous premise since Sharknado, and say, a Dance Dance Revolution movie? Why the heckola not?
There are a couple of important things to keep in mind about Dance Dance Revolution. Firstly, as you probably know, it’s a rhythm-based dancing game, which sees the player hop onto a special mat and attempt to match their movements to the arrows on the screen. It’s a super fun arcade experience. What is it not? Plot-driven, that’s what. You just don’t come into an experience like this expecting a deep, engrossing and affecting plot. You can, sure, but you’re going to be disappointed.
Still, in the movie industry, it can pay to be a fearless creative soul (it can also bankrupt you, but not always). Never let your dreams be idle dreams. Just do it, as Shia LaBeouf would say. If you want to make a Dance Dance Revolution movie --against all odds and laws of physics-- you can go right ahead and make it happen.
Stampede Ventures are the company who have taken up the mantle of this bold project, as Deadline reports. We don’t yet know any details of how this is all going to play out, but there are some great movie-making minds at the helm here. Cara Fano is Stampede’s new director of development, and Greg Silverman is at the head of the studio.
The big question, then: What could the plot of this thing possibly be? According to the official spiel, “The project will explore a world on the brink of destruction where the only hope is to unite through the universal language of dance.”
So, there it is. That's all we know so far, but to fair, it's more than enough. Cinemagoers are used to outlandish movie plots, but averting the apocalypse through the unifying power of dance? That’s a new one. Still, bright, brilliant brash ridiculousness is what Dance Dance Revolution is all about, and it’ll be interesting to see how this movie unfolds. As Eurogamer reports, it’s certainly an interesting way to pay homage to the game as we mark its twentieth anniversary.