A while back there was talk of NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator, David Milch being given the scripting duties for a Heavy Rain movie which Hollywood are said to be fast-tracking development on. Why a game so dependant on player interaction to further an incredibly personal story would be considered for a straightforward movie is beyond me. It may have something to do with the success of last year’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time film which had a less than stella story, based on a game with a very ‘gamey’ plot. Heavy Rain has raised the bar (whether gamers and designers choose to accept it or not) with video game narrative so Hollywood are no doubt hoping to make that all encompassing flick appealing to both gaming and non-gaming folk.
Whether it’ll work or not is another question altogether but I’m sceptical as to how anyone will be able to capture the unique journey Heavy Rain pushes people towards. A good way of doing it is to stick as close to David Cage’s vision as possible with graphics, acting and directing pulled straight from the game, which is exactly what YouTube member GamersGlobal has done (via Kotaku). The video lasts for almost three hours (and why I haven’t posted it above! Click here to see it), chock full of spoilers if you haven’t played Heavy Rain but then if you never will, it’s a great way to see what all the fuss is about.