When filmmaker Mike Newell was promoting the Prince of Persia flick, he readily admitted that he didn't play the game. No wonder, says Resident Evil: Afterlife director Paul W.S. Anderson, the movie didn't live up to expectations.
"And for me, that's like adapting a book without reading the book or adapting a stage play and never seeing the stage play," Anderson tells website Crispy Gamer. "I think it's disrespectful to the medium, and it's disrespectful to the original source material, and ultimately, it doesn't make the best movie."
Hollywood doesn't read books, either. And it skims comics. So good luck with that "play video games" bit.
And Prince of Persia did alright! It's the biggest gaming movie of all time. So that's something.