THQ has been hard at work promoting their current lineup of games, and trying to innovate in a competitive gaming market where, for the most part, they’ve fallen to the back of gamers’ minds. Their latest shooter Homefront came with some marginal success, but that’s just the first FPS release of the year for the games publisher.
Still to come is Red Faction: Armageddon and its movie tie in being developed for release on Syfy, Red Faction: Origins. Both were originally set to release in May 2011, presumably together, but Armageddon has since been delayed out of the month to June 7, 2011. Origins was also expected to have a May release, but it was announced a couple weeks ago that it would see release on June 4, 2011 to coincide closer with the release of Origins.
The Red Faction TV movie takes place 25 years after the events of Red Faction: Guerilla and follows Jake Mason (Brian J. Smith), the last surviving son of Alec Mason (Robert Patrick). Smith of course, is a Syfy regular, having a starring role in under-appreciated Stargate Universe series and Patrick might be most well-known for his role as the villainous T-1000 unit in Terminator 2.
Red Faction: Origins details have been rather sparse, but now THQ has released a set of stills to get gamers in the mood for their upcomming pilot as well as some details on the story.
For those who don’t know, the Alec Mason character was the protagonist in Guerilla and helped lead the Martian Colonies to freedom. 12 years after the events of the game, Alec’s wife was murdered and his daughter Lyra (Tamzin Merchant) was kidnapped, leaving the Martian hero broken.
Jake, an officer in the Red Faction Militia, has his life upended when he discovers that his sister is still alive. Despite a new threat sweeping across Mars, he sets out to find her, only to discover that she is a member of the new enemy and a soldier sworn to destroy the Red Faction. Jake is now tasked with fighting off the new regime while trying to reunite his family.
While video game movies have never really seen real success or critical acclaim, this pilot could be a step in the right direction. Directed by Peabody-Award winner Michael Nankin, if the pilot is well recieved it could see itself turned into a full fledged TV series. Syfy was the home of Battlestar Galactica for many years, so this could be a big step for video game adaptations.
The Red Faction: Origins screenplay was written Andrew Kreisberg — known for writing Fringe and Eli Stone — and is based on a story developed by THQ Director of Fiction Development Paul DeMeo and THQ Executive Vice President of Core Games, Danny Bilson. Kreisberg also serves as executive producer on this project.
Other announced cast include Kate Vernon, Danielle Nicolet, Gareth David-Lloyd and Devon Graye. With so much talent on board, this should be a pilot worth watching if only to see whether or not this game adaptation manages to make a bigger splash than others have made in the past.
What do you think of the new screenshots for Red Faction: Origins? Are you going to be tuning in on June 4th to watch it?