The main reason why I am posting this story is because I am a HUGE fan of John Woo’s filmography. Arguably the forefather of the heroic bloodshed genre that sparked in Hong Kong in the mid to late 80s, and lasted until 1992, John Woo’s influence can even be seen through big Hollywood action films. HardBoiled was his last Hong Kong film and the prequel for John Woo’s Stranglehold that was released in 2007 by Midway.
Big Download has posted the story that writers are currently penning the movie adaptation for Stranglehold. The script is being developed for the film company Lion Rock Entertainment, which John Woo owns. I’m not entirely sure why John Woo wasn’t able to get the rights considering some of what was used is part of his IP, like, oh I don’t know, the character? Also, John Woo and Barry Wong were the writers for the story and the screenplay and it seems out of step that Woo isn’t taking the proverbial reins and getting it like he wants, considering he knows the story best.
I am confident that this will mark a change in videogame adaptations from here on out. Maybe studios will stop making videogame movie screenplays the choir of the first-time directors and test subjects to directors and writers who don’t know the source material.
Cheers to better game adaptations?