Hollywood, Not Playing Video Games Is So "Disrespectful"

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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.

Resident Evil: Afterlife is the fourth RE film Anderson worked on. The director previously was involved in the Mortal Kombat flick as well as the rotten DOA: Dead or Alive movie. Anderson's played all those games, but not all of them are the best movies. So go figure.

Resident Evil: Afterlife Director Paul W.S. Anderson Is Hooked on 3D [Crispy Gamer via GoNintendo] [Pic]




So a Hollywood director that made an actually good and extremely successful movie loosely based on a video game gets lectured by a Hollywood director whose video game movies are practically self-serving trash that represent everything wrong with video game film adaptations and will be remembered more for their Matrix effects and 3D than their actual value as films?

That. Is. Hilarious.

Thanks for that, Commandant Ashcraft. ♥