Gearbox not making Heat game

Written by Joe Martin

August 3, 2009 // 12:10 p.m.

Tags: #film #gearbox #gearbox-not-making-heat-game #goovie #heat #license #mann #movie #rights

Gearbox has confirmed that it is no longer planning to make a game based on Michael Mann's 1995 crime film Heat, despite already owning the rights to make the game.

Gearbox picked up the license to make a Heat game back in 2006 with definite plans to make a game. Now though, it seems like those plans have been abandoned. In fact, Gearbox may even be looking to sell the rights to the game off if a developer steps forward and makes a decent offer.

"In a nutshell, we're nowhere," said Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford in a comment to Gamespot.

"We have passionate game makers that would love to do it. We've got filmmakers that think it's a great idea that would love to see it done. We have publishing partners that would love to publish it. But we have no time. That's the limiting factor."

"Because of the situation, we're not keeping the IP locked down anymore. So if somebody else were in a spot where they could do it, and everybody was comfortable with that, then conceivably that could happen."

We hate to say it, but it's probably a good thing that Heat: The Game isn't getting made. The film was a slow, calm and methodical piece of cinema and while that well-known bank robbery scene may make for a great game, the mood of the piece would likely be lost if the medium changed. There are plenty of other crime sims out there anyway.

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