Hollywood has never had the easiest of relationships with video games. Movies based on the medium have ranged from the abysmal crap thrown together by Uwe Boll (Alone in the Dark), to the not-that-bad-if-you’re-fan efforts of Mortal Kombat (just the first one), Warcraft, and Tomb Raider. It’s the same story when it comes to motion pictures about gamers – most movies portray us as socially inept losers – so maybe the upcoming Will Ferrell vehicle about eSports will change this. Maybe.
Variety reports that Legendary Pictures, the company responsible for Warcraft, Dead Rising: Endgame, and Steve Jobs, will produce the as-yet-untitled movie. The script, meanwhile, will come courtesy of Funny or Die's Michael Kvamme and WaitListComedy founder Jordan Dunn, who also worked together on the upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants 3.
The movie is said to be in a similar vein as Talladega Nights. Ferrell will play a member of an eSports team whose skills aren’t suffering as he ages. 49-year-old Ferrell’s character is an anomaly in a sport where players retire young due to declining reflexes and hand-eye coordination.
Top eSports teams Evil Geniuses and Fnatic are reportedly in talks to appear in the movie, but their role is uncertain. It’s also unclear whether a real game such as Dota 2 or LoL will appear.
Ultimately, this is a comedy, so don’t expect an overly realistic representation of gamers and the eSports scene. We’ll have to wait and see whether it turns out to be another Grandma’s Boy or something in the same league as Pixels.