A movie of the Saints Row franchise is on the way? Prepare yourselves for some Grade A ridiculousness on the big screen.
Now, as we know, these sorts of adaptions don’t tend to work out all that well. Generally speaking, video games should remain video games and movies should remain movies, because bad things happen when the two collide. What kind of things? Well, Superman flying through rings like it’s freaking Baby’s First Flight Sim, that’s what.
As we’ve said before, “Superman 64 is definitely the worst game on Nintendo 64, possibly the worst video game of all time, and without a doubt the worst thing to ever happen to Superman… there are absolutely no redeemable qualities to this flaming pile of garbage.” That’s the kind of yardstick we’re looking at when it comes to licensed games, and movie adaptions don’t tend to fare particularly well either. Did you ever watch the Super Mario Bros. movie? Enough said.
Let’s not be pessimistic, though. We live in a world where the Arkham games and Marvel’s Spider-Man exist, after all. These sorts of movies can be… at least serviceable. Which is a relief, because they’ve been darn well everywhere lately. Angry Birds movies, the Minecraft movie… anything goes around here. Why the heck not a Saints Row movie?
That’s right, friends. Saints Row, that beautifully absurd action-adventure franchise, is getting the movie treatment. As Destructoid reports, F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious, Men in Black: International) is going to be calling the shots, while Greg Russo is attached to write this masterpiece in the making.
Beyond that, it’s incredibly early days and we don’t have much else to go on. It’s probably enough, though, to be fair: as far as video-games-into-movies concepts go, Saints Row fits just a little better than the likes of Minecraft. The franchise is just a festival of ridiculously brilliant set pieces and action, the sort of things that Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in all the time in his 80s heyday. Suffice it to say, then, this is definitely one to keep an eye on.