Though the Crossfire board game was originally released in the early 1970s, ’90s kids will surely remember its ridiculous, over-the-top, and awesomely cheesy commercials with kids in leather jackets duking it out in the game while lightning flashed and an epic song played in the background.
Now Sony has decided to make a Crossfire movie, but it’s not a futuristic sci-fi feature set in a world where life or death is decided by who wins the game. Where’s that movie, Hollywood? Instead, the studio’s upcoming Crossfire movie is an adaptation of the mega-popular video game, which, not long ago, was the most-played game in the world.
Variety reports that Sony Pictures is teaming up with South Korean game developer Smilegate on the film adaptation. Neal H. Moritz, who produced many of the Fast and Furious movies as well as 21 Jump Street, Amazon’s The Boys, and dozens of other big projects, is on board as a producer. Chuck Hogan, who wrote The Strain alongside Guillermo del Toro, is writing the screenplay, and he has experience in this arena already, having penned 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for director Michael Bay.
I’d never heard of this version of Crossfire before, but according to Wikipedia, it’s “a free-to-play first-person shooter that features two mercenary corporations named the ‘Black List’ and ‘Global Risk,’ fighting each other in an epic global conflict. Players assume the role of either a Black List or Global Risk mercenary, joining an online team that must work together to complete objective-based scenarios.” Each team is comprised of eight players, indicating that the movie adaptation will feature an ensemble in which multiple actors could make a lasting impact…assuming the script turns out well, of course.
First launched in 2007, the game was initially developed for Windows before expanding to additional platforms. Crossfire has 1 billion users in over 80 countries worldwide, and it has become one of the top-selling video games ever made. In China, the game was released by Tencent Games, and that company’s movie arm, Tencent Pictures, will co-produce and co-finance the film adaptation.
Moritz has been working on this for years; Smilegate spent an entire year mulling over offers from Hollywood before eventually deciding to partner with Moritz’s Original Films banner back in 2015, and the project hasn’t had any traction since. But it looks like Sony Pictures, which hasn’t been holding up super well in recent years, is interested in finally pushing adaptation this into production – probably to cash in on the game’s global appeal. Here’s hoping it works for them, because they need some hits and I don’t want to see them get swallowed up by a bigger entertainment conglomerate any time soon.
A new version of the game is coming out this year, and you can see the trailer below:
As the question of how long the coronavirus pandemic will affect the entertainment industry remains unanswered, Sony Pictures is not taking any chances. Sony pushed back its major tentpole movies —including Morbius, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the ever-cursed Uncharted, and the already-delayed Peter Rabbit 2 — to next year.
Variety reports that Sony has drastically pushed back its entire 2020 and 2021 slate amid concerns that the coronavirus pandemic won’t ease up by the time the summer movie season starts this year.
Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, has moved moved from July 10, 2020, to March 5, 2021, while Jared Let’s Spider-Man-adjacent comic book movie Morbius has been delayed from July 31, 2020 to March 19, 2021. The Tom Holland-led Uncharted is no stranger to delays, and this is just the latest pushback that suggests we’ll never see the video game adaptation, as the film goes from its March 5, 2021 slot to October 8, 2021. Meanwhile, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, which was one of the first films to be delayed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, has now been pushed back from August 7 to January 15, 2021. An untitled Sony/Marvel movie has also been delayed indefinitely from its original October 8, 2021 date.
Sony has moved virtually every one of its major titles out of 2020, with the exception of the Kevin Hart drama Fatherhood, which was actually pushed up to October 23, 2020. The Tom Hanks World War II drama Greyhound, which was set to open this June, has been delayed indefinitely.
This schedule reshuffling marks the biggest changes by a major studio since the coronavirus pandemic reached U.S. shores, shutting down businesses and shuttering movie theaters across the country. When lockdowns commenced, many in the entertainment industry hoped that the coronavirus pandemic could be curbed by the time the summer movie season commenced, but Sony’s release date delays suggests studios are starting to think otherwise. It’s only a matter of time before other studios follow suit and delay their major tentpole releases set for the summer, like Wonder Woman 1984 — which has already been postponed to August from its original June date — for 2021 releases.
Our holiday blockbuster season could look entirely different as well, with major films like Warner Bros.’ Dune possibly getting pushed to next year while the studio likely gives Christopher Nolan’s Tenet a November release. It’s all uncertain what the summer movie season will look like — if there even is a summer movie season — as the coronavirus crisis wears on.
Here is the full schedule of Sony’s release date changes:
Greyhound – TBD from 6/12/2020 Fatherhood – 10/23/2020 from 1/15/2021 Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway –...