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Brett Ratner wants to make Guitar Hero Movie

Brett Ratner wants to make Guitar Hero Movie

Hollywood director Brett Ratner is keen to make a Guitar Hero movie, but Activision are yet to surrender the rights.

It's a general rule of thumb that games and films do not mix, though some could arguably go better together than others. The Doom movie? Not too bad. Silent Hill? Pretty OK. Pirates of The Carribean? As close to a Monkey Island movie as we'll ever get, probably.

A Guitar Hero movie though? Frankly, we just don't see that working.

That hasn't stopped Brett Ratner, director of X3: The Last Stand pursuing the idea though and the Hollywood director has been pressurising Activision heavily to let him make a film recently. We bet his plan involves Jack Black, some school kids and a watered-down version of a real rock and roll lifestyle - are we too cynical?

"I'd really like to do it, but they [Activsion] are not letting me...I expressed my interest, but because it's such a success, it's like now there's no reason to make a movie about it," Ratner told EW.

Thank Zeus for that then that Activision doesn't want to go down that route just yet and is blocking any attempt to adapt the game into a film.

The bad news though is that Activision does have plans for the Guitar Hero series and is looking to expand the series massively. According to a recent Activision conference call, the games publisher is hoping to triple the number of Guitar Hero games released by 2010. Has nobody warned them about partying too hard?

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Woodstock 16th September 2008, 11:09 Quote
WTF, how the hell would that work, why would you try
Krikkit 16th September 2008, 11:17 Quote
Ugh, that'd be the worst film conversion ever!
DXR_13KE 16th September 2008, 11:23 Quote
it is FAIL even before it starts being made.
CozaMcCoza 16th September 2008, 11:25 Quote
I think South Park already did this one in Guitar Queer-o.
DaMightyMouse 16th September 2008, 11:50 Quote
Maybe he will Uwe Boll it! ... or is it Bole? ... Bleh
Mentai 16th September 2008, 12:00 Quote
"it's like now there's no reason to make a movie about it"

Wow... just, wow....
Flibblebot 16th September 2008, 12:11 Quote
Nope there's no reason to make a movie about it because it just wouldn't make sense. You'd just end up with yet another "small band makes good" story, it wouldn't bring anything new to the genre.

Just another example of Hollywood seeing a bandwagon and just jumping on it without any thought
simosaurus 16th September 2008, 12:38 Quote
and good luck finding a good actor that can shred
mmorgue 16th September 2008, 12:39 Quote
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"I'd really like to do it, but they [Activsion] are not letting me...I expressed my interest, but because it's such a success, it's like now there's no reason to make a movie about it," Ratner told EW.

There's no reason to make a movie about this because it's one of the worst movie ideas we've ever heard of. It would only go to embarass Activision, hence why I'm guessing they said no.
Darkedge 16th September 2008, 12:53 Quote
dumb idea however more Guitar hero i don't mind as long as it's not just dross. Lets have some classic Rock bands. I for one would buy Guitar Hero: Dire Straits to try and play Brothers in Arms and Telegraph Road.. I'd even buy the fake steel guitar for it..

Guitar Hero: McFly however can f*ck right off.

*lets the insults commence*
Veles 16th September 2008, 14:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Darkedge
dumb idea however more Guitar hero i don't mind as long as it's not just dross. Lets have some classic Rock bands. I for one would buy Guitar Hero: Dire Straits to try and play Brothers in Arms and Telegraph Road.. I'd even buy the fake steel guitar for it.

Or they could be good and release the songs as DLC. I don't really like what Activision are doing with the GH franchise. First they release a shoddy GH3. Ok, it wasn't that bad, but battle mode was awful and they made loads of changes that didn't need to be made. Now they're trying to cash in with thousands of Guitar Hero <Band> games.
mikeuk2004 16th September 2008, 16:41 Quote
eh? Is it April already?
Darkedge 16th September 2008, 17:30 Quote
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Or they could be good and release the songs as DLC.

An the DLC means that it'll be cheaper? not a chance, hasn't happened so far.
Darkedge 16th September 2008, 17:31 Quote
Not to mention a boxed game or different SKU will get discounted. DLC takes AGES to do that.
pendragon 16th September 2008, 17:51 Quote
I'm fine with them making more Guitar Hero games.. but I think we can all agree that a Guitar Hero Movie...would be amazingly bad... especially if Uwe Boll somehow gets his mits into it :P
wharrad 16th September 2008, 18:07 Quote
Maybe it'd come with a plastic camera and some coloured buttons. The only way to watch the movie is if you can be a good enough camera man to press the right buttons in order?


*I'll get my coat
nilesfoundglory 16th September 2008, 21:21 Quote
The only way I could imagine this would work is if Brett were willing to break his mold of so-so action films and do something different. He could easily take the direction that Julie Taymore did with "Across The Universe" (I'm not saying it was a well-executed film, I'm saying it was a good idea) and just make a musical with a reasonable enough plot. He could be a little more experimental and make something really off-the-wall like "Six String Samurai" since I don't see the base elements of Guitar Hero really making for a very good plot overall. (Gain fans, save the world?) There are good-enough ways to make a film here...

...The only thing holding back the whole thing is, well, it's Brett Ratner. Unless he's hiding his creativity behind these formulaic crap-fests he calls films, he's not the man to get the job done.
ethanator 17th September 2008, 03:12 Quote
that is the stupidest f**king idea i have ever heard
Spaceraver 17th September 2008, 06:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by ethanator
that is the stupidest f**king idea i have ever heard

Never played the game, never will, but your comment sums it up.
Cupboard 17th September 2008, 17:28 Quote
Spinal Tap was rather good...
The_Beast 19th September 2008, 21:34 Quote
Sound like a hit


lets get this rolling into production :)
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