THQ announced a few days ago the official plans for the Red Faction
TV-movie deal with the SyFy (pronounced Sci-Fi) channel.
This will be a two hour live-action event that is scheduled to hit airwaves in March of 2011. According to the press release, included below, Red Faction: Origins
is the working title of the film and could potentially change closer to the airdate.
The story of the movie will follow the Mason family lineage and the origins to the story for the upcoming sequel to Red Faction: Guerrilla
, Red Faction: Armageddon.
The game should be hitting shelves around the same time this movie will be available to the public.
Story details abound, that will contain spoilers:
Twenty-five years have passed since Alec Mason led the Martian Colonies to freedom… and ten years since vengeful enemies killed his wife, kidnapped his daughter Lyra, and left a broken hero in their wake.
Jake Mason, Alec’s last surviving son and a ranger in the Red Faction Militia, had never abandoned hope that somewhere in the raw outlands of Mars, his sister was still alive. Now, just as a powerful new enemy swarms across the planet, he’s found her, only to learn that his long lost sister is one of them…a cold-blooded soldier sworn to destroy the Red Faction and conquer the planet in the name of a madman.
Jake must now battle the relentless regime and somehow reunite a family torn apart by war.[/quote
SyFy is best known for some solid television shows that I would encourage anyone to watch. These shows include Stargate SG-1, Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Battlestar Galactica. SyFy does not have a very solid record of translating other media into TV movies, as I still have very strong memories of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea novels being butchered in an unwatchable mess.
There is hope, this movie will be based on a story developed by Paul DeMeo who is known for the early 90's comic book movie The Rocketeer and the superhero television show The Flash. Mr. DeMeo also has experience writing for video games, including a handful of James Bond games including Rogue Agent and Nightfire. The actual movie is being written and produced by Andrew Kreisberg who is currently in charge of the wonderful SyFy series, Warehouse 13 and also wrote Fringe, which I believe is popular with some of the British chaps in the chatroom.
Red Faction: Origins is all a part of THQ's "trans-media" blowout that you will see for other titles including Saints Row 3.
THQ AND SYFY ANNOUNCE TRANSMEDIA STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH SYFY TO DEBUT RED FACTION®: ORIGINSTM THE MOVIE PILOT
Two Hour Live-Action Film Based on THQ’s Red Faction Video Game Franchise Scheduled to Air on Syfy in March 2011
NEW YORK, NY and AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – July 19, 2010 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and SyfyTM, the premier destination for imagination-based entertainment, today announced a first-of-a-kind transmedia deal to debut Red Faction®: OriginsTM (working title), a two hour live-action movie pilot scheduled to air in March 2011 on Syfy. The story of Red Faction: Origins follows the lineage of rebel hero Alec Mason and the Mason family, set during a period between the critically acclaimed Red Faction: GuerrillaTM video game and the recently announced and highly anticipated Red Faction: ArmageddonTM video game, also scheduled for release in March 2011.
The Red Faction: Origins screenplay was written by notable writer and producer Andrew Kreisberg (Warehouse 13, Fringe, Vampire Diaries and Boston Legal), based on a story developed by Paul DeMeo (The Rocketeer, Flash, Viper, The Sentinel), THQ Director, Fiction Development. Production of the film will be managed by Universal Cable Productions.
Mark Stern, Executive Vice President Programming, Syfy & Co-head of Universal Cable Production said, “This groundbreaking deal with THQ reflects our desire to deliver a completely immersive and enhanced viewing experience for the audience. We are excited to be working with the creative team at THQ in extending the vibrant world of Red Faction to our air.”
“THQ is blazing a new trail in the gaming industry with our partnership with Syfy by introducing the Red Faction franchise to a new and broader audience” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “This unique transmedia collaboration is one of many strategic initiatives in place to dramatically increase awareness for Red Faction Armageddon and extend the Red Faction brand across a wide variety of entertainment channels.”