After directing Straight Outta Compton, The Fate of the Furious, and the upcoming Men In Black: International, F. Gary Gray is set to lead a film based on the Saints Row games. Greg Russo, who’s done scriptwriting for upcoming Hollywood treatments of Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil, is handling writing here.
The film is set to be a co-production between Fenix Studios, Occupant Entertainment, and Koch Media – the THQ Nordic subsidiary which owns Saints Row publisher Deep Silver – as Deadline reports. There’s no word yet on cast, release date, or anything else of particular relevance about what form the movie will take.
Plenty of Hollywood deals for game licenses fall through at various stages of production, so there’s no guarantee this movie will ever see the light of day. But if it does, there’s nobody better to lead up a Saints Row movie than somebody involved in the Fast and the Furious series – they’re basically the same thing, after all.
The original Saints Row was a solid but uninspired Grand Theft Auto clone, while the first Fast and the Furious was a pretty by-the-numbers street racing movie. From there, the stories kept expanding in scope until one had you get super powers and the other had cars jumping between skyscrapers.
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Yet both series kept a tremendous focus on their respective casts even as they each moved into more ridiculous blockbuster antics. My pet theories about the two series being basically the same are carrying me to way more excitement for this thing than anyone should have about a videogame movie.