New Info & Awesome Interactive Poster For ‘Gamer’

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gamer New Info & Awesome Interactive Poster For Gamer

Gamer is a project we haven’t covered on Screen Rant thus far, but this early piece of marketing for it has spawned that coverage on our part. Originally titled Game, then Citizen Game, and now Gamer, the film is a unique idea from Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The filmmaking duo are known for bringing us the two Crank movies, Pathology, and writing the upcoming comic-book adaptation Jonah Hex (they were also previous attached to direct that, but dropped out due to creative differences).

The story goes like this (from the official website):

Gamer is a high-concept action thriller set in the near future, a time when mind-control technology has taken society by storm. Humans control other humans in a mass-scale, multiplayer online game. Reclusive billionaire Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall) has created the controversial form of entertainment, “Slayers,” a hugely popular game that allows millions to act out their innermost fantasies and desires – online – in front of a global audience. Gaming has evolved into a terrifying new dimension… mind control… mind manipulation… people playing people!

At the center is Kable (300’s Gerard Butler), the superstar and cult hero of “Slayers,” the savage, ultraviolent first-person shooter game. Kable is controlled by Simon, a young gamer with a rock star status who continues to defy all odds by guiding Kable to victory each week. Taken from his family, imprisoned and forced to fight against his will, the modern day gladiator must survive long enough to escape the game to free his family, regain his identity, and to save mankind from Castle’s ruthless technology.

I don’t mean to sound blunt but that sounds frickin’ awesome!

The film stars Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall (who’s amazing on the TV show Dexter), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes’ Peter Petrelli – playing a character called “Rick Rape”), Aaron Yoo, Ludacris (the director assures us that he’s awesome in it…), Alison Lohman, Kyra Sedgwick, John Leguizamo, Johnny Whitworth, Zoe Bell (the stunt woman from Death Proof) and Amber Valetta.

Before I move on, do yourself a favor and check out the fantastically creative interactive teaser poster that’s been released for the film:

I had heard about this project about a year or so ago when Nevaldine and Taylor were talking to our good friends over at The Movie Blog on their live podcast show – I heard the set stories, heard about the revolutionary camera they used to film it (the Red One camera – only the second movie to use it), and found out about the wicked cast they’ve assembled.

Only the guys who brought us the Crank movies, which are basically the movie equivalents of video games themselves, could not only just come up with something as loopy as this, but actually get the thing financed and made.

Although it’s probably an unfair and unjust comparison (the directors have actually specifically negated the comparison themselves personally), it does sound a little reminiscent of Death Race, the Jason Statham action remake from last year. However, the one clear difference just from that plot synopsis is the fact that Butler’s character is fighting against his will, whereas Statham’s in Death Race was willingly doing it to get out of prison.

Obviously there are already movies out there that play on the whole video game-esque style, namely The Running Man and Tron, but I believe Gamer will be the first that deals explicitly with the fact that it is a video game, specifically the online multiplayer type.

If you were lucky enough to catch the leaked Italian trailer for Gamer a few months back, you would have gotten the glimpse of just how Gamer’s world is going to look, particularly how the little boy controlling Butler’s character is going to physically take shape. It was something along the lines of that if the boy (Logan Lerman, who you may remember as Christian Bale’s son in 3:10 To Yuma) moves his arms then Butler’s character, Kable, would do the same thing.

It’s hard to explain, and you’ll probably have to wait for the official trailer to get a look at how it works. But for now, trust me, it’s extremely cool.

It’s clear from Nevaldine and Taylor’s movies up until this point that they are unique filmmakers. There may be some people who have issues with their explicit content – strong language, copious amounts of blood and violence, strong sex scenes – but what can’t be denied is that these guys bring a sense of enthusiasm and love for entertainment to the making of their movies. They aren’t out to win Best Picture, they just aim to make movies that are fun – And Gamer certainly is shaping up to be another one of those movies.

It’ll be interesting to see how the pair work with a film with as big a budget as this one undoubtedly had. Although not anything like Spider-Man 3 in budget size (I presume, anyway), it’s certainly much higher than what they had to work with in either of the Crank movies or even those two combined. It could either stifle the creativity that was forced due to the low budget in the Crank movies, or it could just provide them an even bigger and more elaborate platform to inject even more of that creativity into one movie.

I suspect the latter…

Screen Rant will be sure to keep you up-to-date on the stuff that gets released for Gamer in the future.

For now, what do you make of the idea for the movie and what about that wicked interactive teaser poster?

Gamer is scheduled for a September 4th release this year.

Source: UGO and The Official Gamer Website

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  1. Great concept for a movie as long as they can pull it off without people losing their way during the plot. I personally enjoyed both Crank movies so I look forward to what these guys can do here.

  2. I came up with this idea when I was 13 in 7th grade. Man, I should totally have stuck with film school.

  3. Looks awesome. Poster is a very cool idea to draw attention. The process of the boy controlling the warrior is not new though. It’s just “Motion Capture” which they are actually doing currently for real with everything from robotic puppetry to animating computer generated characters. Very cool stuff.

  4. Meh I feel ti will suck like Crank and Crank 2

  5. I’ve always thought that aiming and shooting would be better in multiplayer games if you actually had to physically aim and shoot like you would in real life. Then these little nerds won’t be kicking my ass in fps games…

    Anyway, hopefully this won’t suck like the Crank movies…

  6. @ Ken J

    The Wii is probably the closest simulation to that you will ever get as far as home console. Call of Duty 4 is one of the few game that have realistic aiming and shooting plus recoil and breathing adjustment for certain weapons. Also there are many “Aimbots” so that could be the main factor contributing to you getting pwned :)

  7. Crank 1 ruled. Crank 2 was fun, but not as good as the first. I didn’t realise there was such dislike for either of them, though.

  8. Yah, some are definitely cheating, but some are just THAT good because they play so much. When I was in highschool I played counter-strike for HOURS every night after school. I was one of these nerds that I hate now, I was ranked number 1 in a very popular stats server and held records with every weapon. People always thought I was cheating because like 85% of my kills were by one-shot head shots. I did things like kill people through walls because I knew where every camping spot was, where people would be at what times after the round began, etc. etc… New people to the server accused me of cheating in just about every game, but all of the regulars knew me and knew I was simply that good so I was never voted off, in fact, the people accusing me got voted out if they wouldn’t drop it after being told I am not a cheater, lol.

    Now if I would play I probably would suck though, out of practice, lol.

  9. @ Ross Miller

    I did a review comment of Crank 2 In the Tony Stark is in Crank 2 article a few weeks back. Don’t get me wrong I gave both films a chance and had high hopes for Crank 2, but for me and many others even on this site the movies were terrible. The best thing about Crank 2 was that Amy Smart put on some weight and was looking tastey. To me these guys are the American Version of Uwe Bolle making a mediocre movies about video games with out being based on any one particular video game.

  10. Kinda have to go with Gravatar on this.

    Crank 1 was a decent fun movie. Crank 2 is pure crap. The fast cutting, “edgy” camera angles were so excessive. The characters were some of the dumbest characters put on screen. I understand it never took itself seriously, etc. but half way through the movie I was thinking “wtf am I watching?” Jason S saved that movie from being a complete failure.

  11. The crank movies would have made good video games, you can have an “adrenaline meter” for the first and a “charge meter” for the second, and you have to do certain tasks to get those back up, if they reach 0, you die and game over, lol.

  12. @ Ken J

    There are countless games that employ that technique. Crank 1 and 2 are just some mediocre movies that amount to nothing in the end result, and i fear this flick will be the same. They were probably booted from the Jonah Hex project because they wanted to have some kind of Godzilla fight scene like thy did in Crank 2 using the puppetry effects from that Phil Collins video. You Know the one where they had puppets of every famous person during the 80s. Can’t remember the name of video but some one would at least remember those puppets.

  13. Ok yeah, this officially sounds bad ass. I am all for this movie. Plus, it’s being shot with Red(revolutionary camera right there).

  14. The trailer is up and around btw.

    Gotta say, I thought it would suck but after watching the trailer, I’m pretty excited.

  15. So what is up with this red camera thing?

  16. Oh, and does this also sound kind of like the premise behind The Surrogates to anyone else? Except with humans instead of robots?