Although most people seem to agree that Tomb Raider and Rampage failed to break Hollywood’s streak of bad movies based on video games, they both made more than enough money to justify their existence. Video game properties are continuing to be optioned in Hollywood and yes, in many cases, now even mobile game adaptations are being pursued. The Angry Birds Movie was the first but we also have Temple Run, Fruit Ninja and Five Nights at Freddy’s movies on the way. Now this week we are hearing that acclaimed mobile game Monument Valley is coming to the big screen courtesy of Paramount and director Patrick Osborne (Disney’s Feast). Osborne had this to say about the announcement:
“Monument Valley is a one of a kind experience, at once small in its meditative, simple gameplay, as well as enormous in its sense of history… I’m privileged to be handed the reins to Ida’s mysterious kingdom, to play in her world of impossible architecture where seeing things differently is everything. I am thrilled to bring this unique world to theaters with the talented storytellers of Paramount and Weed Road.”
The game takes place in a mostly abstract, Escher-esque world where buildings and platforms can be rearranged to form new paths. The game’s hero, Ida, is pursued by crow-like creatures as she seeks atonement for something. The movie is being planned as a live-action / CG hybrid and despite the lack of specific plot details, you can immediately see how the world might lend itself to something in the vein of Labyrinth or Mirrormask. What do you think, could a Monument Valley movie actually work?