Anyone familiar with the video gaming scene is probably aware of Far Cry 3, last year’s entry to the Far Cry franchise and one of the most critically acclaimed video games of 2012. Far Cry 3 sold over 6 million units by mid-May 2013, and recently released a follow-up piece of downloadable content called Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - an over-the-top sci-fi love letter to 80s action movies that featured the voice talents of Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens) as cyber-commando Rex Power Colt.
Entries in the Far Cry series are sequels in name and spirit only, as each game has featured a different protagonist and a different setting. Far Cry was about a former U.S. Army Special Forces operative called Jack Carver, who is stranded on a South Pacific archipelago and must find a female journalist who was lost when their boat was destroyed.
In Far Cry 2, the player can take on the role of any one of a variety of playable characters, as an assassin sent to an African country to kill an arms dealer.
Far Cry 3, the best-selling game in the series so far, is about a pampered rich kid from L.A. named Jason Brody, who goes travelling with a group of his friends and ends up on an archipelago called the Rook Islands, where he falls afoul of a local crime boss and must fight to save his friends from being sold into slavery.
Many fans are probably hoping that the film will be based on Far Cry 3, if only so that they can see Michael Mando (Orphan Black) back in the role of the charismatic killer, Vaas Montenegro. However, UMP CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet has stressed that none of their movies will be adaptations of plots from the video games, explaining that, “We will create a brand new story. Always.”
If you want to see a direct movie adaptation of the video game’s plot, you’ll have to make do with this incredible fan trailer for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon: