In case you’ve been living under a rock all summer long, director Christopher Nolan’s bit of sci-fi, psyche cinema, Inception, has done pretty well at the box office. That is as long as you consider making over three quarters of a billion dollars worldwide as doing pretty well. However, it would seem that Nolan has more plans for the franchise, and a video game might not be out of the question.
At a press conference for Inception’s Italian premiere, Nolan had this to say regarding the movie’s pixelated potential:
"We are looking at doing is developing a videogame based on the world of the film, which has all kinds of ideas that you can't fit into a feature film… That's something we've been talking about and are looking at doing long term, in a couple of years."
It’s interesting to note that Nolan didn’t specify whether or not a possible Inception game would directly tie into the narrative of the film, but that it would be based on the world the film created. Although a prequel of some kind that follows Leonardo DiCaprio’s Cobb and his team on a mission of the mind wouldn’t be out of the question, as the film alludes to a fair amount of history between many of the team members.
The material itself does seem nicely suited for gaming. It could be argued that many of the movie’s themes, such as jumping between different perceived realities, shared experiences in virtual spaces and having multiple lives, are already heavily influenced by some of the foundations of gaming. Letting Nolan explore those ideas further would be a welcome experiment to the gaming landscape.
However, we have to take this news with a grain of salt. Even though we’ve seen other big name Hollywood directors currently jump on board the video game wagon, it’s important to remember how insanely busy these guys are. We already know that Nolan is gearing up to work on a third Batman film and overseeing production on a new Superman film. So while he may certainly like to do a game, his schedule may not permit it to happen any time soon, as he mentioned in his remarks.
Would the Ranters play an Inception game? What would you want to see from it? Should it keep the same characters, or would you be happy with a completely new set of cerebral thieves, so long as the game doesn’t devolve into a slow-mo, wall-running shoot ‘em up?
What if it ended up like another popular brainy game…