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'''''House of the Dead''''' is a 2003 film adaptation of the successful 1996 light gun [[The House of the Dead|arcade game]] of the same name produced by [[Sega]]. The film was directed by Uwe Boll. This film featured Erica Durance in one of her earliest roles before she became known for playing Lois Lane on ''Smallville''. The film was universally panned by critics.
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{{Infobox Movie|title1 = House of the Dead|image1 = P32555 p v8 ab.jpg|caption1 = ''Release poster''|director = Uwe Boll|producer = * Uwe Boll
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* Wolfgang Herold
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* Shawn Williamson|writer = * Mark A. Altman
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* Dave Parker
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* Dan Bates|starring = * Jonathan Cherry
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* Tyron Leitso
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* Clint Howard
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* Ona Grauer
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* Enuka Okuma
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* Will Sanderson
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* Kira Clavell
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* Michael Eklund
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* Sonya Salomaa
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* Ellie Cornell
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* Jürgen Prochnow|music = * Reinhard Besser
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* Peter Ries|cinematography = Matias Neumann|editor = David M. Richardson|production_company = * Boll KG Entertainment
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* Mindfire Entertainment
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* Brightlight Pictures
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* Herold & Besser Studios|distributor = * Artisan Entertainment (United States)
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* Alliance Atlantis Communications (Canada)|release_date(s) = * February 15, 2003 (San Francisco)
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* October 10, 2003 (United States)|running_time = 90 minutes|country = * Canada
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* Germany
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* United States|language = English|budget = $12 million|box_office = $13.8 million}}
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'''''House of the Dead''''' is a 2003 German-Canadian-American action horror film directed by Uwe Boll. It is loosely based on Sega's [[The House of the Dead (1996 video game)|1996 light gun arcade game of the same name]].
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The film was a box office bomb and recieved negative reviews from critics. A sequel directed by Michael Hurst, ''[[House of the Dead 2 (film)|House of the Dead 2]]'', was released in 2005.
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
The film begins with Simon and Greg planning to take a boat to an island rave party. They meet up with Alicia, Karma, and Cynthia. Karma has a crush on Simon, Simon has a crush on Alicia and Cynthia is Greg's girlfriend. When they arrive at the dock, they find the boat to take them to the island has already left. A man named Victor Kirk (Jürgen Prochnow) and his first mate Salish (Clint Howard) offer them a ride, which they accept. Policeman named Jordan Casper (Ellie Cornell) tries to stop them, knowing that Kirk is a smuggler, but they leave anyway.
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College students Simon and Greg book a boat trip to an island rave party at Isla del Morte, an island located off the coast of Seattle, Washington. They meet up with [[Alicia]], Karma, and Cynthia. Karma has a crush on Simon -- who has a crush on Alicia -- and Cynthia is Greg's girlfriend.
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Arriving at the island party site, they find it messed up and deserted. Alicia, Karma and Simon start searching for the others leaving Cynthia and Greg behind. The two start to making out in a tent, but Greg leaves to urinate. Left alone, Cynthia is killed by a group of zombies. Meanwhile, the others find an old house. Inside, they find Alicia's friend Rudy, rave dancer Liberty and Hugh who tell them zombies attacked the rave, killing everyone. The six go back to the rave site to get the others. Meanwhile, Salish is killed while walking through the forest.
 
   
Everyone else meets up at the rave site. Cynthia shows up, but she's become a zombie. She kills Hugh but is shot by Casper. They develop a plan to leave the island using Kirk's boat. But they find Kirk's boat overrun by zombies. Casper and Greg leave the group to go find help, but Greg is killed. Kirk later takes the group to a spot in the forest where he has hidden a box of guns. Once everyone is armed, they head back to the house. The front of the house is filled with zombies. Liberty and Casper are killed in the ensuing fight while the rest manage to take make it inside.
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Upon arriving at the dock, the students find the boat to take them to the island has already left. They accept a ride from Victor Kirk (Jürgen Prochnow) and his first mate Salish (Clint Howard). Police officer Jordan Casper (Ellie Cornell), who is aware that Kirk is a smuggler, unsuccessfully attempts to stop the group from leaving.
   
Kirk hears Salish whistling outside. He goes out and finds Salish as a zombie. Kirk then commits suicide by blowing himself up, opening the front of the house. The remaining four lock themselves in a lab, but the zombies break in. Karma finds a hatch in the floor which she, Alicia and Rudy climb down while Simon shoots a barrel of gun powder, blowing up the house, a lot of zombies, and himself. They find themselves in a series of tunnels. Making their way through the tunnels, Karma is killed by zombies as she holds them off so Rudy and Alicia flee.
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The group arrive to find the island party site deserted and dilapidated. Alicia, Karma, and Simon search for other people and leave Cynthia and Greg behind. The two make out in a tent, but Greg leaves to urinate. Left alone, Cynthia is killed by a group of zombies. Meanwhile, the others find an old house. Inside, they find Alicia's friend [[Rudy Curien|Rudy]], rave dancer Liberty, and Hugh, who tell them zombies attacked the rave, killing everyone. The six go back to the rave site to get the others. Meanwhile, Salish is killed while walking through the forest.
   
Alicia and Rudy are aided by a man "wearing Greg's face as a mask" to get out of the tunnels. The man is actually an evil undead named Castillo, a Spanish priest from the 15th
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Everyone else meets up at the rave site. A now-mutated Cynthia emerges from a tree and kills Hugh but is shot by Casper. The group develop a plan to leave the island using Kirk's boat, but find it overrun by zombies. Casper and Greg leave the group to go find help, but Greg is killed.
century who was banished from Spain for his evil experiments which the Catholic Church forbade, one of which is was the immortality serum, which he injected himself with before he created the first zombie. Alicia and Rudy escape, blowing the tunnels up in the process, but they're followed by Castillo. Alicia gets into a sword duel with Castillo and he stabs her in the heart. Rudy decapitates Castillo, thinking the fight is over. But Castillo is still alive and his headless body begins to strangle Rudy. Alicia, who is barely alive, crushes the Castillo's head under her feet, finally stopping him, while weakly saying, "Game Over, fucker." She then falls to her right side, and dies.
 
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Later, Rudy and Alicia are seen being rescued by a team of federal agents. Rudy reveals that his last name is Curien (the main antagonist from the [[The House of the Dead|House of the Dead]] video game). The ending narration reveals that Rudy gave Alicia the mutated blood and that is why she is alive, thinking to himself, "God, ain't love a bitch?"
 
   
==Cast==
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As the group tries to formulate another plan, Kirk reveals the island's past: Isla del Morte was the home of [[Castillo Sermano]], a Spanish priest from the 15th century who was banished by the Catholic Church for conducting evil experiments; one of said experiments was an [[Serum of immortality|immortality serum]], which he injected himself with before he created the first zombie.
   
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Kirk provides the group with weapons, and together they return to the house. Liberty and Casper are killed when the group fights through a horde to get inside.
   
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Kirk hears Salish whistling outside, and discovers that he is a zombie. Kirk commits suicide by blowing himself up, opening the front of the house. The remaining four group members lock themselves in a lab, but the zombies break in. Karma, Alicia, and Rudy escape through a hatch in the floor while Simon shoots a barrel of gun powder, blowing up the house, the zombies, and himself. Karma is killed by zombies in the underground tunnels, but Rudy and Alicia escape.
   
*Rudolph "[[Rudy]]" Curien (Jonathan Cherry), the male protagonist who is on the island when the zombies attack.
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A man wearing Greg's face as a mask helps Rudy and Alicia get out of the tunnels. The man reveals himself to be Castillo. He engages with Alicia in a sword duel and stabs her in the heart. Rudy decapitates Castillo, believing that the fight is over, only to be strangled by Castillo's headless body. Alicia crushes the Castillo's head under her feet while saying "''Game over, fucker''", before dying.[[File:Rogan Help Rudy.jpg|thumb|220x220px]]
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Later, Rudy and Alicia are seen being rescued by a team of federal agents. Rudy reveals that his last name is Curien. The ending narration reveals that Rudy gave Alicia the mutated blood and that is why she is alive, thinking to himself, "''God, ain't love a bitch?''"
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==Cast==
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*[[Rudy Curien|Rudolph "Rudy" Curien]] (Jonathan Cherry), the male protagonist who is on the island when the zombies attack.
 
*[[Alicia]] (Ona Grauer), the female protagonist and Rudy's ex-girlfriend.
 
*[[Alicia]] (Ona Grauer), the female protagonist and Rudy's ex-girlfriend.
 
*Karma (Enuka Okuma), Alicia's close friend, who has a crush on Simon.
 
*Karma (Enuka Okuma), Alicia's close friend, who has a crush on Simon.
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*Liberty (Kira Clavell), an Asian-American rave-girl.
 
*Liberty (Kira Clavell), an Asian-American rave-girl.
 
*[[Castillo Sermano]] (David Palffy), the creator of the zombies and the main antagonist of the film.
 
*[[Castillo Sermano]] (David Palffy), the creator of the zombies and the main antagonist of the film.
*Cynthia (Sonya Salomaa), Greg's girlfriend
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*Cynthia (Sonya Salomaa), Greg's girlfriend.
*Mark (Michael Melendez), a Puerto Rican Pot-Head
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*Mark (Michael Melendez), a Puerto Rican pothead.
*[[Johanna]] (Erica Durance)
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*Johanna (Erica Durance), a party girl who attends the island rave with her boyfriend.
Johanna was a party girl that attended the rave on the island. Johanna and a guy went privately to a beach on the island where she stripped naked down to her white g-string and swam in the water. She got out shortly after feeling something was off.
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==Release==
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==Reception==
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=== Critical reception ===
Reception amongst critics and fans of the game was overwhelmingly negative. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 41st in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 4% based on 54 reviews. IGN Movies, however, gave it three out of five stars, citing it as "an unabashed B-movie that does an incredibly decent job with a limited budget, unknown cast, and routine storyline."' In 2009, Time listed the film on their list of top ten worst video games movies.
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Reception among critics and fans of the game was overwhelmingly negative. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 41st in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 3% based on 54 reviews. On Metacritic, it holds a 15/100, meaning “overwhelming dislike”. IGN Movies, however, gave it three out of five stars, citing it as "an unabashed B-movie that does an incredibly decent job with a limited budget, unknown cast, and routine storyline."' In 2009, Time listed the film on their list of top ten worst video game movies.
   
==Commercial Performance==
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=== Box office ===
''House of the Dead'' is one of Uwe Boll's few films that made a profit. Its box office performance was dire however, the film fared much better with DVD sales and rentals.
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Despite ''House of the Dead'' being'' ''one of few Uwe Boll films that made a profit, it was nonetheless a box office bomb. It fared better with DVD sales and rentals.
   
==Director's cut==
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== Comic ==
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[[House of the Dead (comic)|A tie-in comic]] serving as a prequel to the film was written and illustrated by Eli 5 Stone and published by Artisan Comics Group.
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==Director's Cut==
 
A director's cut of the film was released on DVD on 9 September 2008. The new version "features new dialogue, alternative takes, pop up commentary and animation from the original video game."
 
A director's cut of the film was released on DVD on 9 September 2008. The new version "features new dialogue, alternative takes, pop up commentary and animation from the original video game."
   
Trivia:
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== Trivia ==
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* According to scriptwriter Mark Altman, the original script had numerous elements that were not featured in the movie due to budget and time constraints:
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** Various creatures and boss characters were to be featured, such as a "tongue beast", flying creatures known as "[[Hangedman|Hanged Men]]" , and a spider-like creature derived from Casper's corpse (similar to the [[Hermit]] boss from the original ''House of the Dead ''game).
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** Many plot elements were also scrapped, including Castillo's backstory.
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*** Before Mindfire had made the film, DreamWorks had bought the rights from [[Sega]], with Jesse Dylan and Mark Verheiden attached as writer and director respectively.<ref>{{Cite web|url = https://variety.com/1998/film/news/jesse-dylan-to-direct-dead-at-d-works-1117477842/ |title = "Jesse Dylan to direct ‘Dead’ at D’Works "|author = Chris Petrikin|date = June 24th, 1998|quote = Dylan previously had optioned the rights to the game out of his own pocket and developed a narrative storyline with writer Mark Verheiden (“Time Cop,” “The Mask”), who will write the screenplay. Verheiden will receive $350,000 against $700,000 to pen the screenplay.of his influences.|publisher = ''Variety''|archiveurl = https://web.archive.org/web/20200403004729/https://variety.com/1998/film/news/jesse-dylan-to-direct-dead-at-d-works-1117477842/|archivedate = April 2nd, 2020}}</ref>
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* This film featured Erica Durance in one of her earliest roles before she became known for playing Lois Lane on ''Smallville''.
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According to scriptwriter Mark Altman, the original script had numerous elements that were not featured in the movie due to budget and time constraints. Various creatures and boss characters were to be featured, including a "tongue beast", "Hanged Men" (flying creatures), and a spider-like creature derived from Casper's corpse (similar to the Hermit boss from the first game), among other things. Even worse, a number of plot elements have been stripped away, including Castillo's backstory.
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House of the Dead is a 2003 German-Canadian-American action horror film directed by Uwe Boll. It is loosely based on Sega's 1996 light gun arcade game of the same name.

The film was a box office bomb and recieved negative reviews from critics. A sequel directed by Michael Hurst, House of the Dead 2, was released in 2005.

PlotEdit

College students Simon and Greg book a boat trip to an island rave party at Isla del Morte, an island located off the coast of Seattle, Washington. They meet up with Alicia, Karma, and Cynthia. Karma has a crush on Simon -- who has a crush on Alicia -- and Cynthia is Greg's girlfriend.

Upon arriving at the dock, the students find the boat to take them to the island has already left. They accept a ride from Victor Kirk (Jürgen Prochnow) and his first mate Salish (Clint Howard). Police officer Jordan Casper (Ellie Cornell), who is aware that Kirk is a smuggler, unsuccessfully attempts to stop the group from leaving.

The group arrive to find the island party site deserted and dilapidated. Alicia, Karma, and Simon search for other people and leave Cynthia and Greg behind. The two make out in a tent, but Greg leaves to urinate. Left alone, Cynthia is killed by a group of zombies. Meanwhile, the others find an old house. Inside, they find Alicia's friend Rudy, rave dancer Liberty, and Hugh, who tell them zombies attacked the rave, killing everyone. The six go back to the rave site to get the others. Meanwhile, Salish is killed while walking through the forest.

Everyone else meets up at the rave site. A now-mutated Cynthia emerges from a tree and kills Hugh but is shot by Casper. The group develop a plan to leave the island using Kirk's boat, but find it overrun by zombies. Casper and Greg leave the group to go find help, but Greg is killed.

As the group tries to formulate another plan, Kirk reveals the island's past: Isla del Morte was the home of Castillo Sermano, a Spanish priest from the 15th century who was banished by the Catholic Church for conducting evil experiments; one of said experiments was an immortality serum, which he injected himself with before he created the first zombie.

Kirk provides the group with weapons, and together they return to the house. Liberty and Casper are killed when the group fights through a horde to get inside.

Kirk hears Salish whistling outside, and discovers that he is a zombie. Kirk commits suicide by blowing himself up, opening the front of the house. The remaining four group members lock themselves in a lab, but the zombies break in. Karma, Alicia, and Rudy escape through a hatch in the floor while Simon shoots a barrel of gun powder, blowing up the house, the zombies, and himself. Karma is killed by zombies in the underground tunnels, but Rudy and Alicia escape.

A man wearing Greg's face as a mask helps Rudy and Alicia get out of the tunnels. The man reveals himself to be Castillo. He engages with Alicia in a sword duel and stabs her in the heart. Rudy decapitates Castillo, believing that the fight is over, only to be strangled by Castillo's headless body. Alicia crushes the Castillo's head under her feet while saying "Game over, fucker", before dying.
Rogan Help Rudy

Later, Rudy and Alicia are seen being rescued by a team of federal agents. Rudy reveals that his last name is Curien. The ending narration reveals that Rudy gave Alicia the mutated blood and that is why she is alive, thinking to himself, "God, ain't love a bitch?"

CastEdit

  • Rudolph "Rudy" Curien (Jonathan Cherry), the male protagonist who is on the island when the zombies attack.
  • Alicia (Ona Grauer), the female protagonist and Rudy's ex-girlfriend.
  • Karma (Enuka Okuma), Alicia's close friend, who has a crush on Simon.
  • Simon Cruise (Tyron Leitso), friend of Alicia.
  • Greg (Will Sanderson), Cynthia's boyfriend.
  • Salish (Clint Howard), is Kirk's first mate who always dresses in a yellow fisherman's coat and hat.
  • Captain Victor Kirk (Jürgen Prochnow), ex-navy and a smuggler who helps Alicia's friends to get to the island.
  • Jordan Casper (Ellie Cornell), Kirk's nemesis. She dies when she loses her legs and bleeds to death.
  • Hugh (Michael Eklund), a nerd who records the zombie attack on the rave on his camcorder.
  • Liberty (Kira Clavell), an Asian-American rave-girl.
  • Castillo Sermano (David Palffy), the creator of the zombies and the main antagonist of the film.
  • Cynthia (Sonya Salomaa), Greg's girlfriend.
  • Mark (Michael Melendez), a Puerto Rican pothead.
  • Johanna (Erica Durance), a party girl who attends the island rave with her boyfriend.

ReleaseEdit

Critical reception Edit

Reception among critics and fans of the game was overwhelmingly negative. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 41st in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 3% based on 54 reviews. On Metacritic, it holds a 15/100, meaning “overwhelming dislike”. IGN Movies, however, gave it three out of five stars, citing it as "an unabashed B-movie that does an incredibly decent job with a limited budget, unknown cast, and routine storyline."' In 2009, Time listed the film on their list of top ten worst video game movies.

Box office Edit

Despite House of the Dead being one of few Uwe Boll films that made a profit, it was nonetheless a box office bomb. It fared better with DVD sales and rentals.

Comic Edit

A tie-in comic serving as a prequel to the film was written and illustrated by Eli 5 Stone and published by Artisan Comics Group.

Director's CutEdit

A director's cut of the film was released on DVD on 9 September 2008. The new version "features new dialogue, alternative takes, pop up commentary and animation from the original video game."

Trivia Edit

  • According to scriptwriter Mark Altman, the original script had numerous elements that were not featured in the movie due to budget and time constraints:
    • Various creatures and boss characters were to be featured, such as a "tongue beast", flying creatures known as "Hanged Men" , and a spider-like creature derived from Casper's corpse (similar to the Hermit boss from the original House of the Dead game).
    • Many plot elements were also scrapped, including Castillo's backstory.
      • Before Mindfire had made the film, DreamWorks had bought the rights from Sega, with Jesse Dylan and Mark Verheiden attached as writer and director respectively.[1]
  • This film featured Erica Durance in one of her earliest roles before she became known for playing Lois Lane on Smallville.

Gallery Edit

Storyboards Edit

References Edit

  1. Chris Petrikin (June 24th, 1998). "Jesse Dylan to direct ‘Dead’ at D’Works ". Variety. Archived from the original on April 2nd, 2020. “Dylan previously had optioned the rights to the game out of his own pocket and developed a narrative storyline with writer Mark Verheiden (“Time Cop,” “The Mask”), who will write the screenplay. Verheiden will receive $350,000 against $700,000 to pen the screenplay.of his influences.”
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