Good video-game movies are few and far between, and 2005’s Doom certainly was not the exception. Sure ‘The Rock’ was able to run around and look tough, there was a sequence shot in the first person, and it even featured the BFG, but the movie was simply not good. It also wasn’t a success at the box office, which could be the reason that Universal is looking to reboot the film franchise, not just make a sequel. Those both might also be reason why a reboot wouldn’t be the best idea, but the past few years have shown that reboots are in.
Movies based on other childhood toys and memories have also done well at the box office recently, with movies like Transformers and G.I. Joe showing that big action spectacle movies can make serious money at the box office even if they are not ‘good’ films.
3D has also become a major cash-cow for Hollywood studios, which could be another reason why Universal wants to try to bring the franchise back to theaters. Yes, 3D video-game movies have not been that great either, but it’s easy to see why a studio might want to take a chance and give it a shot.
There is also the in-development Doom 4 game, and whether or not the movie and game launch at the same time, one could help raise brand awareness for the other. Doom hasn’t been in the public eye for quite some time, with the genre having made leaps and bounds since Doom 3.
Doom is not the king of the FPS genre and anything that could get gamers interested in an aging franchise again might be a good idea. Sure, a bad movie likely won’t help, but there is a chance the Doom reboot could be good . . . right?
Do you think a good Doom movie can be made? What do you think it would take to make it enjoyable? Would you like to see ‘The Rock’ reprise his role, or cast a new star in the movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: Hollywood Insider