The new Doom movie has cast actress Amy Manson in the lead role. The Doom series is one of the most iconic in all of gaming and helped make first-person shooters one of the most popular game genres. The games are relatively light on story, but usually involve scientists accidentally opening a portal to Hell on Mars, and it's up to the player character - a marine affectionally dubbed Doomguy - to plough through the demonic hordes that spill out.
Doom received a movie translation in 2005, headed by Dwayne Johnson and Karl Urban. The movie kept the Mars setting but dropped the Hell angle, and while the film has its charms, a bad script and a dull first hour drag it down. That said, it does feature a fun FPS sequence that tries to recreate the feel of the game, and The Rock is good fun as the surprise villain of the story. The movie underperformed and a sequel never happened, so it came as a shock when actress Nina Bergman recently revealed she had signed on for Universal Pictures' new Doom movie.
It was later confirmed that Universal 1440 Entertainment - the studio's non-theatrical arm - was handling the project, suggesting the movie is intended to go straight to DVD or a streaming platform. Now sources have informed Dread Central the movie's lead character will be played by Manson (Once Upon A Time). It also appears Tony Giglio (S.W.A.T.: Under Siege) will be directing, and the movie will begin shooting soon in Bulgaria.
While the movie heading direct to video may not look like a sign of confidence, there are plenty of examples of really solid action and horror titles bypassing theaters in recent years, including Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning and 1440's Entertainment's own Cult Of Chucky. The 2005 Doom movie was also a financial dud for Universal, so they while they may recognize they have a potentially valuable brand name with the series, they might be trying to reduce the risk this time around. That said, the movie will likely receive more of a promotional push than the standard STV release.
Dwayne Johnson recently revisited the video game movie genre with Rampage, which received a much warmer critical and financial reception than Doom. The actor later took to Twitter to celebrate the success of Rampage, while labelling his earlier video game movie a 'stinker;' Doom's official Twitter later issued a humorous one-word response to his dig.
Doom doesn't currently have a release date, but we'll keep you updated as more information arrives.
Source: Dread Central