The video game Heavy Rain will become a really long cutscene in theaters

The recent PS3 videogame HEAVY RAIN raised a lot of eyebrows with its adult themes, SEVEN-inspired gloom, and nontraditional gameplay mechanics. And given its critical acceptance and reported million-copy sales, it was practically destined for big-screen adaptation, particularly since some users described it as an "interactive movie". (Then again, some users also described it as "sloppy" and "dreadful"...)

Former New Line Cinema honchos Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne have plunked down the fat stack of cash required for the rights to the property, and will set up the project at their Unique Features. Their version will presumably not be interactive, so you won't get to brush the main character's teeth or make them give a lapdance. Sigh.

The game trailer and synopsis: How Far Will You Go To Save Someone You Love? Experience a gripping psychological thriller filled with innumerable twists and turns, where choices and actions can result in dramatic consequences. Spanning four days of mystery and suspense, the hunt is on for a murderer known only as the Origami Killer - named after his macabre calling card of leaving behind folded paper shapes at crime scenes. Four characters, each following their own leads and with their own motives, must take part in a desperate attempt to prevent the killer from claiming a new victim.

Extra Tidbit: A friend described playing the game as "an atmospheric exercise in tedium".



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