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question of the day: What’s the point of an untitled videogame movie?

I saw this headline yesterday at Cinematical:

“Paul Verhoeven Working on Untitled Video Game Movie”

and I thought: What’s the point of an untitled videogame movie? Isn’t the whole reason for adapting movies from videogames in the first place is that there is built-in name recognition from the gamer fanbase, much in the same way that a movie based on a novel or a comic book comes with a step up in the marketing? And yet, who can imagine a headline reading “James Cameron Working on Untitled Comic Book Movie”?

Peter Hall, the Cinematical writer, directs us to MTV, which:

has the scoop that Verhoeven is working with an unidentified writer on an adaptation of an unidentified video game, which desperately has me wanting to play the guessing game.

Head over to MTV, and we get the scoop, such as it is, from Verhoeven:

I am working on a movie now that is… situated in 1914. Basically, Indiana Jones-ish you could say, but also Hitchcockian. We are scripting it. It’s an idea that exists already… from another medium, and so we are making it now into a film narrative. [Which medium?] A game, a video game.

I still don’t get the secrecy. What’s the point of an untitled videogame movie? If Verhoeven is dropping hints about which game it is, then he clearly hopes to set the Internet off on the guessing game that Cinematical’s Hall is desperate to play. Is that all the secrecy is about, generating extra buzz beyond what simply revealing the game would do? (I get the geek appeal of Verhoeven, but that would be there if the identity of the game were known, too.) Or is there something else going on that I’m not seeing?

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