Hollywood Denied Ninja Theory’s Enslaved Movie
Ninja Theory, developer of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, apparently wanted to make a movie based off the game. The idea was to harness the power of the Unreal Engine, which the game runs on to create the film. Don’t let that idea excite you too much, because Hollywood studios just weren’t having it.
“We actually really went for that,” Tameem Antoniades of Ninja Theory says of the film. “We were serious about it. We went to all the big studios in Hollywood and pitched the idea.”
“They have no idea of what real time means,” he explains about the difficult process of explaining rendering the movie’s scenes. “They just care about how good it looks.”
“Then, the fact that you say you can do this for cheap has no interest to studios whatsoever,” he explains, “because they don’t want to do it for cheap. They want Pixar and the other higher end [studios] to do it for 100 million dollars or 60 million dollars.”
Attempting the movie in a big budget fashion or in a more conventional way is cited by Antoniades as big risk.