We all know FarmVille, right? Of course we do. Who can forget the parallel farming world for people with nothing but time. Those of us who haven’t played the game must remember the countless requests we got on Facebook from our friends and family (don’t even get us started on Mafia Wars now!). Now, it’s is being made into a movie. YEP. A MOVIE.
The duo that brought toys to life in Toy Story, Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, are working on the FarmVille movie. In an interview with IGN, screenwriters Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen said, “We’re in conversations with Zynga to do something with one of their brands. Can’t really say too much on that front yet, but ‘Old MacDonald’ didn’t have a factory, if you get our drift.”
Clearly, the drift is towards FarmVille, one of the most popular social media games of recent years. Social media games like Mafia Wars and FarmVille have gotten millions hooked, keeping them hooked to how much coke one sold and how one’s virtual rice growing venture is going.
But all of us have seen the movies inspired by video games and frankly, most were far from amusing (with Mortal Kombat and Prince of Persia being rare exceptions). Some games that even had a great storyline like Hitman and Max Payne, were mercilessly destroyed by the Hollywood parade. So should we get our hopes up? And is making movies on popular social media games the next step forward?
With the rumors of a Mafia Wars movie also doing rounds, it certainly looks like it. But this phenomenon begs a few questions, what will the story be? How are they going to make a movie on a game that revolves around feeding chickens and growing crops online?
So far, no one has said a word about the official ‘go-ahead’ for the project. But it would be interesting to see how they mould a game without any storyline whatsoever into a movie. Will it be an epic fail or will they be able to make a good movie out of a farming game? Only time will tell.
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