Gore Verbinski, director of Pirates of the Caribbean
and all round Hollywood money-maker, has purchased the rights to make a film based on the free MMO Second Life
Verbinski will apparently be basing the film on a 2007 article in the Wall Street Journal
written by Alexandra Alter about a married man who falls in love with his in-game wife. Pretending to be a muscle-bound businessman, the husband is in reality a 53-year old diabetic chain smoker.
is a totally free MMO game where players create their own in-game items and content through a series of content-creation tools, selling them to other players. While the game has millions of players and a huge following, Verbinski admits that the game is pretty new to him and that he'll be having help on the script from Steven Knight according to Variety
isn't the only game that Verbinski is working on turning into a film though, as the director is also working on making a film based on BioShock
, with help from the games creative director, Ken Levine.
The Second Life
movie will apparently be made in conjunction with Universal and will focus on the detrimental effect that MMO games can have on the real lives of players. Sounds like it'll be both original and amazing then.
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