Don’t look now, but another video game movie is about to head into production. 20th Century Fox have signed Mark Wahlberg to play Max Payne in the upcoming adaptation of the popular shooter series, which revolves around a New York City cop who had his wife and child murdered. The games had a great noir-esque style with exquisitely melodramatic voiceovers, in addition to cut scenes told through panels of a graphic novel. Max Payne was also known for being the first game to introduce bullet time as an element of gameplay.
Although most people tend to roll their eyes whenever a video game movie gets greenlit (myself included), I have to admit that this is one adaptation that could be a lot of fun. I just don’t know if Mark Wahlberg is quite the guy I envisioned for the role. He doesn’t have the gruff voice, and he doesn’t really look like Timothy Gibbs, the actor whose likeness Max Payne was originally based on. There had been rumours a while back that Dean Winters was going to play the role, and although he looks the part, unfortunately he doesn’t have quite the same draw that Mark Wahlberg has. Either way, I’ll probably see this movie… all I ask is that they don’t get too carried away with the damn slo-mo sequences!