Several months ago, Saints Row the Third director Scott Phillips stated that he believed it to be high time for the open-world action-adventure series to make a comeback, saying that a resurgence of the franchise would be good since "it's been quite a few years". While no new games have been announced yet, it has been confirmed that a Saints Row movie is on the way with Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray attached to helm the project.
As of now, there's no word just yet in regards to what the forthcoming Saints Row film will be about, how closely it will hew to the original plots of the games, or if any of the video game franchise's most noteworthy characters will make appearances in the movie. According to Deadline, the Saints Row motion picture is going to be a co-production between Fenix Studios, Koch Media (which is owned by THQ Nordic, interestingly enough), and Occupant Entertainment.
It has been noted in the Saints Row movie's announcement that Gray is “developing to direct”, which indicates that he’s working with the film’s writer, Greg Russo, on the early stages of the forthcoming film's development process. As it so happens, Russo is also scripting the Mortal Kombat movie reboot at Warner Bros.
For those unaware, Gray has also worked on other video game projects prior to his involvement with the Saints Row movie, with the Men in Black: International director having put out an Assassin's Creed Syndicate animated short movie. So, on top of his feature length films, Gray has history adapting video game properties to the medium of cinema.
With the Saints Row movie officially announced, it will be interesting to see just what the film will be able to bring to the table as far as its status as a feature length film adaptation of a video game series is concerned. There had once been a Saints Row movie project that got cancelled, so fans of video game flicks can only hope this one goes the distance.
The Saints Row movie has yet to receive an official release date.