THQ released details today on its upcoming adaptation of the Red Faction series, which will soon air on Syfy channel as a movie that could serve as a pilot for a potential series.
Syfy’s original movies tend to be bad. Very, very bad. So bad that no one even bothered to create a Wikipedia page for them. February 31 has its own page, with three full sections. Beatosu and Goblu, Ohio, two cities that never even existed have a page. But not a single work on Syfy’s original movies, that include the epic Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus, and umm, the- oh, whatever, you get the point. Quality movies tend to die a slow death on Syfy.
With Red Faction: Origins, maybe Syfy has seen a new avenue to explore that could generate real content, and bring over a pre-made audience from the beleaguered fans of video games that just keep hoping for a quality adaptation, despite numerous reasons to give up hope. With the video industry sinking more and more money into the development and promotion of upcoming games, the publishers are becoming more guarded on the adaptation of those games. Ubisoft is a prime example, as its licensing of the Assassin’s Creed title could have been easily diluted through poorly handled properties, like the upcoming comic book. Ubisoft could easily have just stamped the name on a comic and collected the cash of fans eager to give it a try. Instead, the developer worked with the artists, and made sure to fully incorporate the original story into the canonical plotline of the games. Halo tried a similarly guarded approach and released a series of critically acclaimed, canonical best-selling novels, including one that serves as the basis for the upcoming Halo: Reach. The Halo comics did not fare quite as well, but the titles still attracted major comic writers like Brian Michael Bendis, and still received critical and commercial success, despite some unhappy fans. On the other hand you have Alone in the Dark, a movie with a doped out looking Tara Reid, and a perpetually confused-looking Christian Slater that seriously hurt the hearts of fans of the series.
So which will Red Faction: Origins be: engrossing or painful? That all rests with Syfy.
The movie will be set 25 years after the events in the game Red Faction: Guerilla, and will focus on Jake Mason, the son of Alec Mason, the hero from the game. Ten years after the Martian colonies won their independence, a group of Alec’s enemies killed his wife and kidnapped their daughter, Lyra, leaving Alec a broken man.
Jake has become a ranger in the Red Faction Militia, when a new enemy attacks Mars. Jake soon discovers that his sister is alive, and has become a cold-blooded soldier in the attacking army, out to destroy the Red Faction.
Well, at least it doesn’t sound like there are any giant snakes or man-made black holes in this Syfy movie. The movie is due out sometime in March, to coincide with the release of the Red Faction: Armageddon game.
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