‘Heavy Rain’ Movie Being Scripted by David Milch

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:47 pm,

David Milch will script the Heavy Rain movie adaptation Heavy Rain Movie Being Scripted by David Milch

The PlayStation 3 title Heavy Rain features a Noir-style narrative in the vein of David Fincher’s serial killer flick, Se7en. Who better than to write the cinematic adaptation of the game than the man responsible for arguably television’s most famous crime serial and gritty western series, David Milch?

Unique Feature heads Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne bought the rights to Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain last year and have now recruited Milch to turn the game – which some argue is almost more an interactive movie than anything else – into an actual film.

Variety says that Unique Features and Warner Bros. are fast-tracking development on Heavy Rain, which Milch will begin scripting once he’s completed work on his latest HBO creation – the horse race gambling series, Luck. Milch was also the brains behind ABC’s long-running police procedural NYPD Blue, as well as the acclaimed but impressively foul-mouthed HBO period piece/western, Deadwood, and the channel’s well-received but short lived relationship drama, John From Cincinnati.

Heavy Rain is a macabre, psychological thriller that revolves around the Origami Killer, a mysterious murderer who abducts his victims and kills them after four days by drowning them in heavy rainfall, always leaving a calling-card in the form of a folded paper structure. The game follows everyman Ethan Mars as he attempts to save his kidnapped son before it’s too late – while at the same time, FBI profiler Norman Jayden, investigative journalist Madison Paige, and the private eye Scott Shelby strive to find clues that will allow them to discover the Origami Killer’s true identity.

Heavy Rain video game image Heavy Rain Movie Being Scripted by David Milch

Most fans praise Heavy Rain for its combination of a sinister yet engaging serial killer plot with fully-developed and engaging characters that could easily be expanded upon for a film adaptation. Having the likes of Milch onboard is all the more encouraging since he not only has a solid background when it comes to handling this sort of material, but also excels at scripting almost poetically harsh dialogue and creating multi-layered roles that a good actor or actress can really sink their teeth into, so to speak.

The literally dark and dreary atmosphere that pervades throughout Heavy Rain also lends itself to a filmmaker with a sharp eye for gloomy visuals and cinematography. While Fincher is an obvious option to helm the project, he’s already lined up to tackle 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea after he finishes work on his next crime investigation drama, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Milch’s involvement with Heavy Rain alone should help attract the attention of other high-profile directors.

Heavy Rain video game movie adaptation Heavy Rain Movie Being Scripted by David Milch

Last year, Disney turned Prince of Persia into a less than stellar but overall harmless big-budget summer popcorn flick. Oscar-nominee David O. Russell at least has a creative vision for his Uncharted adaptation, which fans may eventually begin to warm to – and now a writer of Milch’s caliber is working on the Heavy Rain screenplay as well. Could Hollywood be reversing its trend of turning popular console game titles into movies with mediocre to undeniably poor results?

We’ll keep you posted on the development of Heavy Rain as more information is released. Also, make sure to check out our review of Heavy Rain the game over at Game Rant.

Source: Variety

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  1. i would be very intrested in seeing where this goes , i havenot played heavy rain, but it has a pretty cool plot

  2. They should play the game first….voila: finished screenplay!

    This game is so very very good because it was an interactive movie with over 20 possible endings. This way everyone who played it had this very personal outcome and was sattisfied with it. Makin a movie out of this will be nice for everyone who didnt experience this nice story. But for the fans it will force a different ending , or worse a different version of the story on them.
    Most Videogame adaption fail today because they fail to catch the heart of the characters peaple startet to love. This happens mostly because every actor wants his take on that character (on a side note: don’t u guys hate facetime of an actor just as much as i do (judge dredd, deadpool, spawn). Also the feelings the player was able to experience throught the gameplay just cannot get translated to the big screen. A player identifies on way more levels with his character then he is able to do with an actor. No.1 reason for me is the limited timeframe of a movie compared the the gameplay.
    So waht we get…. will possibly be a nice thriller with good story
    I doubt we gonna experience much Heavy Rain tho :/

    side note: sorry for my english ;D

  3. Really enjoyed this game I think fincher would be an excellent choice for this movie

  4. I Agree entirely i think heavy rain is by far one of the most innovative and conceptually amazing games of all time. It introduced situations that still to this day make me cringe and shiver in a way that i never have while playing games…I play alot of games too.

    yeah the story could be SLIGHTLY tweaked for me like the poison bottle near the end but overall heavy rain is nearly flawless the way it is.

  5. I hated this “game”…it wasn’t much of a game at all. It could make a great movie though if they leave the noir feel and the moody music in there.

  6. ^ +1

    Great game

    • Wait, I guess i responded too late. I was agreeing with Haggislaw

  7. I’m a pessimist so I still need proof of a good movie adaptation of a video game…no matter who stars/directs/writes it.

  8. Heavy rain is already a film….. I’m not being negative here guys here me out. Its already a movie. What more are you going to do?

    • Reach a larger audience

  9. They better use the same model and voice actor that was used for Scott Shelby.

  10. I love this game can’t wait to see the film I hope they don’t screw it up.

  11. Not interested in anything done by someone who was attached to Deadwood. They let people invest 3 years of watching their show and then shut it down without any explanation. Will not support anyone who was involved, actors, directors, creators, and definitely never HBO.

  12. It’s not a game!

  13. Just because its a choice based game doesn’t mean it isn’t a game. You play it on PS3 with a controller – it IS a game.

  14. I think that Heavy rain is a really really amazing game that has passion and so much thought which has been put into it. Truly fantastic. Really hope it turns into a film. I would go and see it in the cinema more than once. :P :D :)