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wampa_one
02-25-2003, 04:22 AM
What if the Lucasarts adventure games were made into movies?

Who would you cast as the main characters?

(Yes I know Harrison Ford is perfect to play Indiana Jones, so we’ll leave that role out shall we? ;) )

I would cast Ron Livingston as Ben from Full Throttle
(Office space & Band of Brothers)

http://www.go2war2.nl/band-of-brothers/afb-cast/cast-3.jpg

So, any suggestionsfor cast members? Agree/disagree?
All comments welcome.

:) :) :)

QueZTone
02-25-2003, 04:44 AM
Hey! That's me! :p

scabb
02-25-2003, 09:40 AM
Hey, nice likeness.

I always wandered how a Grim Fandango movie would work. I mean, it couldn't really be cartoony, as that wouldn't work at all. Life actors are a no-no. And I can't imagine how CGI Manny would look. Other than that, I think the game would work nicely as a film.

wampa_one
02-25-2003, 10:12 AM
I think Grim would look good as an animation, something like 'Nightmare before Christmas'. But with out the Tim Burton crap. Say’in that, a CGI production probably would look the best.

I guess there’s no reason to make ‘The Dig’ into a film, considering its been done, twice. But in my head Boston Low would have to be played by Robert Patrick, just like in the game. I thought he did the character justice. ;)

QueZTone
02-25-2003, 10:39 AM
Grim Fandango should be done like the game. 3D animated. Just take the game and improve its quality of graphics of models and details of enviroment with 500% and it's a super flick :)

wampa_one
02-25-2003, 10:48 AM
What about a Grim flick in Black & White? Just like the film noir movies it was based on. Now that would be kick ass! :D

Metallus
02-25-2003, 10:52 AM
http://www.dayoffthedead.com/

scabb
02-25-2003, 01:15 PM
Heh, never thought of it like that. Which is strange, because I have the Nightmare before Christmas DVD sitting on my rack. That movie seems far too similar to Grim, in terms of style, idea, and even the advertising trailers have similar fonts and use single words to describe the theme of the film film. (Love! Passion! Romance! And oh yes, dancing). Some humour in there too (GRIM HAS HUMOUR TOO! RIP OFF!). Unless there's a link to a Schafer shrine on the site, I'm apalled. "Day Off the Dead - Arriving 2002"


As for Monkey Island the movie, I don't think it works too well. It would make a much better cartoon series, as it can't really be "tainted" as such any more. I like that word. It's like painted, only with a T. Instead of the P. So "painted" becomes "tainted".

It's the perfect kids show. We have a magical evil guy, who attacks Guybrush in exciting ways, and eventually takes on different forms - remember how good it was on Transformers when the leader decepticon guy got changed into a bigger, badder, leader decepticon guy with a better name? Megatron, that's it. We were worried for Optimus's batteries then, that's for sure.

Guybrush is lovable, flawed, and the story is far from adult. There are four kiddie-friendly tales to tell, and I'm sure they could wrangle in enough sarcasm and irony to attract the bitter and opressed adult watcher.

Please don't hurt me.

Alien426
02-25-2003, 02:54 PM
The art reminded me of Nightmare Before Christmas, too. Especially the doggy who looks like Zero. The upper right Dead Biker looks like the skeletons in Evil Dead.

Hellbeard
02-25-2003, 06:46 PM
Nightmare Before Christmas is possibly one of the most wacked out movies I've ever seen!

elTee
02-25-2003, 07:34 PM
Grim Fandango is absolutely crying out to be made into a movie. It really is such a good story, it could work in hundreds of mediums - as a game it has already proven itself, but if it was done as a novel or a movie (a proper movie, not "aimed" at kids and thus dumbed-down) it would still be brilliant. Its so visual, I'd love to see it done.

scabb
02-25-2003, 08:01 PM
MeddlingMonk did a novelisation of Grim Fandango that was supposedly pretty good - I never read it myself, because of many flaws attributed towards myself that are also good excuses.

zpeidar
02-26-2003, 04:16 PM
what about Zak the movie :amidala:

Or Maniac Mansion the movie :biggs:

Or even Sam & Max hit the road the movie (now that would ROCK)

Alien426
02-26-2003, 04:55 PM
Somehow ZakMcKracken strikes me to be made as a British movie. Also not animated or CGI, but real actors. Why British you ask? It seems a little shoddy (like Monty Python And The Holy Grail) the way Zak uses a fish bowls as a space suit helmet and the overall style is much like 80s movies from England.

elTee
02-26-2003, 06:39 PM
Yeah, I know what you mean - like those cruddy BBC props that were used on every single sci-fi program, like Hitchhikers Guide and Red Dwarf. But, I think if it was done as a big Hollywood movie then the fish bowl etc would be used to comedic effect.

Jake
02-27-2003, 11:49 PM
I'd always thought Pixar would do justice to a Grim Fandango movie, but then they went and did Monsters, Inc, which is too damn similar to Grim for them to ever really consider making it, were the opportunity to arise.

zpeidar
03-02-2003, 03:31 PM
Monkey Island the movie!

With real life actors

sheaday6
03-04-2003, 10:19 PM
before people start naming actors they think should play the parts of Lucasarts characters, I'd just like to say that their are more than 15 actors in the world, the really famous ones probably would suck for these parts. Things you shouldn't say:

- "I think David Spade should play guybrush threepwood!"
- "I think Whoopie Goldburg should play the Voodoo Lady!"
- "I think Bruce Willis should play Ben in Full Throttle!"
- "I think Elizabeth Hurley should play Elaine!"
- etc...

elTee
03-05-2003, 05:18 PM
I think that the guy who plays Frasiers dad could pull off a decent Dr. Fred.

BooJaka
03-05-2003, 05:36 PM
Nah, Dr Fred would have to be Steve Martin, I reckon.

elTee
03-05-2003, 05:59 PM
Lol - he would be great! But he's so much taller than Fred. I admit though, he is a genius. He would do Fred to perfection. He's so good at crazy!
( <==Steve Martin, and watch him carefully...)

GendoTheGreat
03-06-2003, 02:09 PM
Steve Martin is funny enough, but he's altogether too fond of goofy faces and stupid noises to make a good Dr Fred.

BooJaka
03-06-2003, 03:15 PM
Hey Tones. I never realised your avatar did that. It's pretty cool.

elTee
03-06-2003, 06:36 PM
Yeah, its subtle. I can't claim the credit for makin it tho, I stole it. It scared the hell out of me when I first saw it - thought I was hallucanating.

Phat Oscar
03-08-2003, 03:12 PM
I would like to See a Full Throttle movie..but I'm not sure the cast.

CaliMonk
03-11-2003, 04:26 AM
I personally like animation movies like Shrek and Monsters Inc. (The way they look).

I personally wouldn't mind if they make a movie about Monkey Island or Sam and Max like that, that would own :)

Laserschwert
03-15-2003, 09:45 PM
I want David Duchovny to play Zak MacKracken....

elTee
03-16-2003, 06:22 PM
No, cos his goddam wife'll turn up in it.

Laserschwert
03-25-2003, 02:35 PM
Like Calista Flockheart in the new Indy movie? I guess it was just a rumour... mmh...

Anyway, I still want a Monkey Island movie. With Robin Williams as Stan. And of course Bruce Campbell as Otis. Did I mention Dian Bachar ("Squeak" Scolari from "BASEketball") as Wally? No, I didn't...

But that wouldn't happen... so I'll just shut up...

elTee
03-25-2003, 05:38 PM
As much as I... *admire* Jim Carrey, he does strike me as the perfect Stan. Robin Williams is a great suggestion though, he could pull it off well.

Ztev
03-25-2003, 10:51 PM
I agree that Jim Carrey would make a good Stan, if done right.

I think Edward Norton would be good as Guybrush, although he may be a little too old.

http://invis.free.anonymizer.com/http://www.geocities.com/heresstuff/norton.jpg

I don't really want to see a Monkey Island movie though, I'd rather see a Grim Fandango one, 3D, a little more adult orientated, and done by Pixar or ILM/LucasFilm.

Mentat88
03-27-2003, 01:19 AM
Okay, here's my thoughts about a Monkey island movie characters:

Guybrush Threepwood - Dom Armato or Casper Van Dien
Elaine Marley - Denise Richards or Dina Meyer
LeChuck - (if CG'd it'd be Earl Boen's voice for sure)
LeChuck's Ghost Crew - ???
Fester Shinetop - Vin Diesel
Swordmaster - Halle Berry (she could master my sword anytime!)
Storekeeper - John Hurt
Stan - Robin Williams
Otis - Jason Lee
Fettucini Brothers - Martin Ferrero and Harry Shearer (who can forget Oscar?!)
Men Of Low Moral Fibre(pirates) - ???
Lookout - Patrick Stewart
Spiffy - Eddie The Dog(Frasier)
Meathook - Arnold Schwarzenegger (coz he's huge)
Captain Smirk - Charleton Heston (he looks very much like him) or Jake Busey (starship troopers/tomcats)
Cook - Drew Carey
Herman Toothrot - Sean Connery
Cannibals - (they'd prob be uncredited)
Various monkey's - (prob be CG'd, especially the three-headed)

Ben Whatsisname
04-24-2003, 06:27 AM
Originally posted by scabb
Hey, nice likeness.

I always wandered how a Grim Fandango movie would work. I mean, it couldn't really be cartoony, as that wouldn't work at all. Life actors are a no-no. And I can't imagine how CGI Manny would look. Other than that, I think the game would work nicely as a film.

Calista Flockheart as Meche... (Sorry...had to say it...)

GendoTheGreat
04-24-2003, 10:41 AM
Ha! Good one.

But I have to disagree with that quote of scabb's; GF would be great as a cartoon as long as you could keep those glue-huffing Disney "animators" from getting their powdered hands on it - they'd remove every last mild expletive (hell, damn, mother****er, etc.) every cigarette, every character death... and before you know it, our beloved story about the dark conspiracy rising from the seamy underbelly of the afterlife would be reduced to a 60 minute animated "epic" about skeletons who do nothing but pick flowers all day, belt out the occasional retarded song and talking incessantly about how deleriously happy they are.

elTee
04-24-2003, 08:31 PM
Hey! Lay off Disney!!!
I know what you mean though. We don't want them to make a film noir about skeletal conspiracies and chain smokers. No. Not very family friendly.

swediot=)
04-25-2003, 10:54 AM
about the monkey island moovies ... you know who would make a great murray..... Tim curry his smile is just so deleciously evil just look at any of his films that man is EVIL

elTee
04-25-2003, 05:50 PM
He is great in his comedic role as the father in The Wild Thornberry's - he really makes that role his own. But in a Monkey Island film, Murray would either be anamatronic, or computer generated. Either way, the original voice actor (Denny Delk?) could return to the role.

Joshi
04-25-2003, 06:49 PM
I live action monkey island would most probably have a CG Murray (or animatronic) so the originally voice would do fine. Some people say that LeChuck would also be CG, but I think that the Ghost Pirate LeChuck is really just meant to be a ghost version of the Actor playing him (not Casper like), so I would like to see a good actor for that.

www.geocitites.com/mimovie has some good suggestions from various people (with no pics because I haven't put them up yet, but maybe soon).

As for Grim Fandango, I think it would be a good CG or even just animation, just as long as they keep the simplicity in the faces and the rich Mexican background.

I would also like to stand up for Disney (don't gut me!) in saying that until we see POTC, we can't actually judge how good they are at that sort of film. From the trailer, I think it's going to be okay so we can't doubt them that much.

Of course, I would like realism in this film which means it would have to be a lot less than "family oriented" which in Disney’s defence, is really what they want to achieve most of all, and so I don't think they could do Grim, but I don't think they'd farce it up as much as you said they would.

Ztev
04-26-2003, 09:30 AM
A Grim Fandango movie definately needs all it's adult elements intact. Everyone seems to agree on that. A 2D animated Grim Fandango movie would be pretty cool I guess. I'd rather see it as 3D though. I imagine it as a more accurate portrayal of the than the game is.

Here's a picture of manny's head I was making a long time ago but never got around to finishing, which is how I imagined a movie version would look:

http://www.geocities.com/heresstuff/manny-normal.JPG

Theirs would be better than this obviously, but that's kind of how I saw it. I was actually thinking of him as more of a real skeleton, I keep forgetting they're supposed to be those dolls (calaveras).

elTee
04-26-2003, 05:32 PM
Pirates of the Caribbean looks like its gonna be brilliant, but all Disney are doing is supplying the license and paying for it. They stand to make a lot of money, and the film has now been given a subtitle: The Curse of the Black Pearl. This suggests that they could be wanting to make a whole series of Pirate movies. I think Gendo meant an in-house Disney movie, which would of course be aimed at kids.

Joshi
04-26-2003, 07:16 PM
True, Disney is just providing the licence and paying for it, but in the end, isn't all they have to do. plus they've done that to a tonne of movies that you don't know about, some even with adult stuff in it such as hardcore violence and swearing, but the only place you see their name as the financers and licensers is in the end credits and they don't make it widely known that they do this because they like to keep themselves as family filmmakers. this is the first of, I think, many films of this genre where they have made it widely known that they had some say in this, although I think they had no choice considered it's based (loosely) on one of their rides at Disneyworld.
I think that if they got the right people and the right frame of mind, they could make a Grim Fandango movie as well as anyone else. That put aside though, I would actually prefer it if Lucasfilm made it, as it is sort of in their ball park already.

sheaday6
04-28-2003, 12:02 AM
Originally posted by Mentat88
Okay, here's my thoughts about a Monkey island movie characters:

Guybrush Threepwood - Dom Armato or Casper Van Dien
Elaine Marley - Denise Richards or Dina Meyer
LeChuck - (if CG'd it'd be Earl Boen's voice for sure)
LeChuck's Ghost Crew - ???
Fester Shinetop - Vin Diesel
Swordmaster - Halle Berry (she could master my sword anytime!)
Storekeeper - John Hurt
Stan - Robin Williams
Otis - Jason Lee
Fettucini Brothers - Martin Ferrero and Harry Shearer (who can forget Oscar?!)
Men Of Low Moral Fibre(pirates) - ???
Lookout - Patrick Stewart
Spiffy - Eddie The Dog(Frasier)
Meathook - Arnold Schwarzenegger (coz he's huge)
Captain Smirk - Charleton Heston (he looks very much like him) or Jake Busey (starship troopers/tomcats)
Cook - Drew Carey
Herman Toothrot - Sean Connery
Cannibals - (they'd prob be uncredited)
Various monkey's - (prob be CG'd, especially the three-headed)

That would be the most expensive peice of crap in the world.


I think matt damon should play guybrush because hes blonde

Oystein
04-28-2003, 08:37 AM
Adrien Brody should play Guybrush. He looks a lot like CMI Guybrush.

elTee
04-28-2003, 01:08 PM
I know what you mean. Actors like Patrick Stewart could not be persuaded to play tiny and un-important parts like the lookout unless they had a personal interest in the project. I mean, if he was a huge fan of the game then maybe he would, but I doubt it. Similarly with Sean Connery as Herman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger only ever plays lead roles.

Adrian Brody?? Thats the worst idea I've ever heard. He looks nothing like guybrush! And he doesn't seem like the kind of actor who would do the role justice. Someone like Johnny Depp is perfect, except for the fact he doesn't look like guybrush.

Oystein
04-28-2003, 02:46 PM
Adrien could look like Guybrush. I'm serious! If he just dyed his hair. He would be great, maybe not his role, but still. And do they really have to look 100% like Guybrush. I mean, Angelina Jolie doesn't remind me at all of Lara Croft.

Joshi
04-28-2003, 03:31 PM
Patrick Stewart played the five minute cameo of King Richard in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, I'm sure with some persuasion...

IO think Brendan Fraiser could play a good Guybrush, he's a good method actor.

elTee
04-29-2003, 08:45 PM
Method actor? What's he gonna do to practice being an inept pirate?
I agree though, he'd make a good guybrush. Except he's too well built.

Oystein
04-30-2003, 09:04 AM
Yeah, it should be a skinny, tall actor portraying Guybrush.

Joshi
04-30-2003, 02:25 PM
Yeah, I suppose he is rather well built, but you never know, with the right toning down...

Oystein
04-30-2003, 03:13 PM
Adrien Brody starved himself before doing "The Pianist". Heh, imagine an actor doing that for the role of Guybrush Threepwood. That's not worth the Razzie award...

elTee
04-30-2003, 07:53 PM
Oystein, you're obsessed. Why does Guybrush have to be tall?? He's shorter than most characters in all of the games except for CMI. Michael J Fox would have been perfect if they were making the film like 10 years ago, because he's not too tall and looks a lot younger than he really is. He woulda been a great Guybrush, even his voice is right. But its not gonna happen now, so he's not an option.

Oystein
05-01-2003, 09:04 AM
I'm not obsessed. It's just that I'm a movie fanatic, and I've seen many weird casting choices. And if they're ever gonna make a movie out of my favourite game, I would be furious if they had chosen the wrong guy to play Guybrush. Details like height and stuff are important. I've always pictured Guybrush as a bit tall, regardless of any MI game.

Joshi
05-01-2003, 11:20 AM
Originally posted by LucasTones
Oystein, you're obsessed. Why does Guybrush have to be tall?? He's shorter than most characters in all of the games except for CMI. Michael J Fox would have been perfect if they were making the film like 10 years ago, because he's not too tall and looks a lot younger than he really is. He woulda been a great Guybrush, even his voice is right. But its not gonna happen now, so he's not an option.

depends, if they make this computer generated (no!) or animated (wise choice next to live action) then M.J. Fox could play guybrush's voice, he is still able to do that, just no physical acting (despite the fact that animation call for a lot of physicality from the actors, sometimes more than live action films)

elTee
05-02-2003, 12:49 PM
If the film isn't going to have real people in it then there's no reason why the original cast from the games can't transfer their roles to the big screen. But I know what you mean, Fox was in that Atlantis film from Disney recently, so he would be ok to do an animated role.
Personally, I would only be interested in a live action movie. I don't have anything against cartoons, but I wouldn't like to see Monkey Island done that way. Computer generated animation would also be a very bad option.
Out of interest, which roles do you think have been mis-cast in the past then?

(hee, a rhyme!! mis-cast-inthe-past)

Joshi
05-02-2003, 01:26 PM
I know what you mean, if it wasn't in live action, it wouldn't really be worth it. I don't really know of any films that have been miscast (actually I have, but that's because I hate the actors/actresses who i think have been miscast, so it wouldn't be a very good idea to say they were miscast, also, they would be too numerouse to list)

Oystein
05-02-2003, 03:39 PM
Well, Christian Slater in True Romance for instance. He was totally wrong for the role. It didn't suit him at all. Sean Penn would have been better. And Robert De Niro in Jackie Brown. He seemed totally unmotivated for the role and acted very bad. He should've been replaced by someone like John Turturro. I don't hate these two actors, I just think they were not the right choice for their respective roles. And I also might add that I enjoy both of these movies regardless of Mr. De Niro's or Mr. Slater's performance. That's all I can come up with now. I'll see if I'll bother to post more mis-casts later...