I know I shouldn’t be surprised to hear about yet another video game being brought to the big screen, but this one is definitely coming from way out of left field. According to GameDaily, producers Christine Peters (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and Michael Cerenzie (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Black Water Transit) recently formed a new company called CP Productions, with the specific intentions of making movies and comic books based on popular video games. For their first project, they have chosen the 25 year old arcade game Joust, which they are describing as “Gladiator meets Mad Max”. Are they serious??? I swear the article reads like something out of The Onion, and yet the source is credible one. Anyone who has actually played Joust is probably going to be left scratching their head and wondering how they can make something cool out of a game that involves knights riding on flying ostriches!
The script written by Marc Gottlieb supposedly takes place 25 years in the future, and involves a version of Las Vegas that has been suspended in mid-air. Michael Cerenzie had this to say: “Joust is an arcade game that’s as old as Pac-Man and has global awareness. We took one element of the game and the brand itself and built a whole new world around it for the film. We’ve updated the game into a commercial, tent pole movie… Marc has done an amazing job in creating a tantalizing and filmic world based on the original game.” The truly mind-boggling thing is that they claim they want to focus on the under-25 filmgoer, but how can anyone under 25 possibly have any interest in an arcade game this old? It just doesn’t make any sense. That said, this could be one hilariously bad b-movie, and I can’t wait to see if it actually happens.