Planned movie based on a video game of the same name
by Capcom, the company that also did the
Released in 2006 / 2007 Lost Planet has sold
more than two million units thus far. Apparently a sequel is in the works.
The plot involves a scientific expedition to a
distant planet that uncovers a nefarious plot involving an energy source
that might save humanity.
Capcom's head of character contents business
Toshihiro Tokumaru said in an interview that:
The producer on the project is Avi Arad, producer
of Spider-Man. [. . .] When the game creators at Capcom develop a
game, they think about everything from the main characters to the
setting, which makes it easy to bring our games to the big screen. In
game-making, we consider the main character's upbringing, interpersonal
relationships, and their place in time. But in a game we can only show a
cross-section of that. In Lost Planet for example, we can show
the game's protagonist on a distant planet fighting against various
foes, but we can't really show his interpersonal relationships. By
developing that part of it on the movie screen, we can add substance to
that world and expand it.
Don’t count on this film actually getting made.
Tokumaru admitted in the same interview that a film
adaptation of Lost Planet will cost between $150 and $200 million –
a hefty bill for a video game without the name recognition of, let’s say,
Tomb Raider (or at least amongst non-gamers).
Ask yourself this: if Hollywood is unwilling to fork
out the megabucks to make a Halo movie why would
they do so for the less-known Lost Planet?
If it does ever get made, expect a much lower budget
affair probably with some has-been or never-been action star. Or maybe an
animated direct-to-DVD CGI flick . . .