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Ben Affleck to direct a first-person shooter movie?

08.24.2011

Hollywood has long tried to adapt first-person shooter games into movies with limited success. Sure the RESIDENT EVIL franchise is still going strong, but what about DOOM (or HALO, which never made it to the screen)? But now Hollywood is giving it the old college try courtesy of Ben Affleck.

As he preps his next directorial effort ARGO, Affleck is in talks to direct and star in LINE OF SIGHT, a fairly average sounding thriller - an elite commando squad dealing with global threat - that is made all the more ambitious when you realize the plan is to tell the story from the point-of-view of one character, FPS-style.

To give the action film an air of authenticity, the script was written by Peter O'Brien, who last wrote "Halo: Reach" for Microsoft. LINE OF SIGHT is currently set up at Warner Bros. with Joel Silver producing.

There are a number of obstacles to creating a successful FPS movie, including finding a way to connect the audience with the protagonist without them ever seeing his/her face. Also, the action in a FPS is continuous and would require a minimum amount of editing (how can you shoot coverage when the action is only seen from one character's POV?). It's likely these restrictions are what is attracting Affleck, an up-and-coming director, to a Joel Silver project.

What do you think? Can Affleck pull it off?

Source: THR

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4:40AM on 08/25/2011

i can imagine them pitching this movie.

it's an FPS movie shot in first person, and its called LINE OF SIGHT!! get it? get it? oooooh thats good writing!
it's an FPS movie shot in first person, and its called LINE OF SIGHT!! get it? get it? oooooh thats good writing!
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3:12AM on 08/25/2011

What a bad gimmicky idea...

Affleck is a promising director but the whole first person shooter idea is plain stupid
Affleck is a promising director but the whole first person shooter idea is plain stupid
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12:03AM on 08/25/2011
In before Joel Silver suggests that the first-person movie not be in first-person....
In before Joel Silver suggests that the first-person movie not be in first-person....
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10:05PM on 08/24/2011
Ive wondered often about how good a movie like this would be and whether or not Id like to see.
Ive wondered often about how good a movie like this would be and whether or not Id like to see.
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9:30PM on 08/24/2011

hmmmmm...

Sounds good to me, except where should Ben shoot it...hmmm maybe Boston.
Sounds good to me, except where should Ben shoot it...hmmm maybe Boston.
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7:57PM on 08/24/2011
Sure, he can. Even if we won't see the face of our protagonist directly, we can the face via reflection on mirror and so on. First person point-of-view is the only good thing about Doom movie.
Sure, he can. Even if we won't see the face of our protagonist directly, we can the face via reflection on mirror and so on. First person point-of-view is the only good thing about Doom movie.
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2:59PM on 08/24/2011

He can

DOOOOOO ITTTTT!!

Think. He's a bit younger than most directors out there, and it seems to me that he was probably a stoner/gamer as a teenager/young adult. He probably sees the vision of an FPS movie much like I do, and most directors couldn't. They have no problems telling these stories in the video games themselves, but when they're adapted to movies they change too much. It's like a video game with real people, that's all you gotta do. Exchange CGI, for PEOPLE. Insert worthy
DOOOOOO ITTTTT!!

Think. He's a bit younger than most directors out there, and it seems to me that he was probably a stoner/gamer as a teenager/young adult. He probably sees the vision of an FPS movie much like I do, and most directors couldn't. They have no problems telling these stories in the video games themselves, but when they're adapted to movies they change too much. It's like a video game with real people, that's all you gotta do. Exchange CGI, for PEOPLE. Insert worthy story/concept, and you have yourself the skeleton of a possibly cool film.

I'm totally down for this.
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2:13PM on 08/24/2011
Ben Affleck as Master Sergeant Shooter Person. Bloody Screen, So REAL!
Ben Affleck as Master Sergeant Shooter Person. Bloody Screen, So REAL!
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1:44PM on 08/24/2011

If he pulls this off.

I'll redeem this dude as being awesome again. I hope he can pull it off, I really good, but needs to have an awesome plot, some awesome action, and a lot of shit never ever seen before in a movie.
I'll redeem this dude as being awesome again. I hope he can pull it off, I really good, but needs to have an awesome plot, some awesome action, and a lot of shit never ever seen before in a movie.
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1:36PM on 08/24/2011
As long as it doesn't go overboard with the throttling shaky cam, like Cloverfield.
As long as it doesn't go overboard with the throttling shaky cam, like Cloverfield.
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1:24PM on 08/24/2011

sounds cool! but...

resident evil is NOT a first person shooter series (besides maybe a crappy spin off or something) just a heads up.
resident evil is NOT a first person shooter series (besides maybe a crappy spin off or something) just a heads up.
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12:42PM on 08/24/2011

Affleck was the bomb in phantoms yo

i'd be own. first person perspective can be cool. check out Dark Passage, a noir from Bogart's perspective for most of the film. really sweet stuff
i'd be own. first person perspective can be cool. check out Dark Passage, a noir from Bogart's perspective for most of the film. really sweet stuff
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12:30PM on 08/24/2011

Peter O'Brien is the writer.......

The writer of a VIDEOGAME. So that's supposed to give people hope?.....OK.
The writer of a VIDEOGAME. So that's supposed to give people hope?.....OK.
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11:55AM on 08/24/2011
Damn, for a second there I thought we were going to hear about, the live action Half-Life is finally on the roll.
Damn, for a second there I thought we were going to hear about, the live action Half-Life is finally on the roll.
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11:35AM on 08/24/2011
Resident Evil is not a first person shooter and its only going strong because idiots keep going to see them. But I actually have faith in Affleck after the Town so I think if Affleck does pull it off then he should stick to writting and directing more than acting.
Resident Evil is not a first person shooter and its only going strong because idiots keep going to see them. But I actually have faith in Affleck after the Town so I think if Affleck does pull it off then he should stick to writting and directing more than acting.
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11:34AM on 08/24/2011
Its like found footage flicks but without the silly backstory of how the tape fot in the audiences possesion. I think it could work.
Its like found footage flicks but without the silly backstory of how the tape fot in the audiences possesion. I think it could work.
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11:31AM on 08/24/2011
Hahaha I couldnt get passed the second sentence after reading resident evil was a first person shooter. I guess Mike's never played the game...its alright tho I got much love for mr. sampson.
Hahaha I couldnt get passed the second sentence after reading resident evil was a first person shooter. I guess Mike's never played the game...its alright tho I got much love for mr. sampson.
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2:04PM on 08/24/2011
You know, I thought the fact that you said you "couldn't get passed the second sentence after reading resident evil was a first person shooter " was ridiculous. Then I realized that I had stopped reading the article in the same place and scrolled down to see who had corrected him first...
You know, I thought the fact that you said you "couldn't get passed the second sentence after reading resident evil was a first person shooter " was ridiculous. Then I realized that I had stopped reading the article in the same place and scrolled down to see who had corrected him first...
11:05AM on 08/24/2011
I think the idea worked great in Rec 2, so who knows...
I think the idea worked great in Rec 2, so who knows...
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10:46AM on 08/24/2011
I'm looking forward to Argo, but this is one of those ideas I'll have faith in once I hear good things about it. Affleck is a good director, but this could be his first big failure in that department unless the story is right.
I'm looking forward to Argo, but this is one of those ideas I'll have faith in once I hear good things about it. Affleck is a good director, but this could be his first big failure in that department unless the story is right.
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10:36AM on 08/24/2011
Gasper Noe Pulled off FPS POV perfectly with Enter the Void but that was different since the story called for it i think Ben can do it but i think he should consult with Gasper.
Gasper Noe Pulled off FPS POV perfectly with Enter the Void but that was different since the story called for it i think Ben can do it but i think he should consult with Gasper.
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11:26AM on 08/24/2011
Exactly, and the cuts can be the blinking of the eyes. Noe did this as well but more for realism than to hide cuts.
Plus I would love to see what a conversation between Ben Affleck and Gaspard Noe would be like.
Exactly, and the cuts can be the blinking of the eyes. Noe did this as well but more for realism than to hide cuts.
Plus I would love to see what a conversation between Ben Affleck and Gaspard Noe would be like.
10:22AM on 08/24/2011
Did... did you just call Resident Evil an FPS? It's a third-person survival horror game.

Nitpicking aside (sorry, I'm a nerd) I'd be down for this. It's an interesting experiment. There have been first-person movies before--the recent Enter the Void was actually very interesting. Affleck would have to be careful not to make it too hectic and migraine inducing, as the previous poster points out, but I have faith in him.
Did... did you just call Resident Evil an FPS? It's a third-person survival horror game.

Nitpicking aside (sorry, I'm a nerd) I'd be down for this. It's an interesting experiment. There have been first-person movies before--the recent Enter the Void was actually very interesting. Affleck would have to be careful not to make it too hectic and migraine inducing, as the previous poster points out, but I have faith in him.
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10:21AM on 08/24/2011

Could be great

If somebody can pull this off, it's Affleck!
If somebody can pull this off, it's Affleck!
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10:10AM on 08/24/2011

great director terrible concept

affleck is the bomb the guy knows how to direct bad choices when it comes to his latest acting role but great director, i think the problem would be that a FPS movie would suffer from something very significant that being that on a game its fine because you have some control of it in a movie is disjointing and often headache causing to most people whenever i talk to friends about cloverfield they often talk about motion sick they got the same problem can arise from here. here's hoping ben can
affleck is the bomb the guy knows how to direct bad choices when it comes to his latest acting role but great director, i think the problem would be that a FPS movie would suffer from something very significant that being that on a game its fine because you have some control of it in a movie is disjointing and often headache causing to most people whenever i talk to friends about cloverfield they often talk about motion sick they got the same problem can arise from here. here's hoping ben can pull it off but it may come back to bite him in the ass
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9:52AM on 08/24/2011
After Gone Baby Gone and The Town, I am down for anything that Ben Affleck decides to direct.
After Gone Baby Gone and The Town, I am down for anything that Ben Affleck decides to direct.
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