News on the “Doom” movie and “Indiana Jones 4.”

Thought I’d post a couple of quick movie notes. Over at Dark Horizons they’re reporting that fans going to see the movie adaptation of the video game DOOM may be a bit disappointed with the changes made to the storyline:

Screenwriter Dave Callahan claims “everyone was keen to keep the game’s atmosphere”, though there are some “minor” changes done to the film’s concept: The monsters have nothing to do with hell, the plot is not taking place on Mars and “space marines” are not well “space marines” as their outfits are more like SWAT team members.

The story follows eight marines, teleported into a command centre of a secret base on a remote planet. There, they learn that something strange is happening and soon monsters start to appear. The monsters aren’t from hell, but rather people mutated by some nasty super-virus although the monsters look very similar to those in the game.

Sounds like they’re turning it into a rejected Stargate SG-1 episode. I’m not too upset about this myself as I’m not a huge DOOM fan to begin with, but for those who are I’m sure this will be a disconcerting bit of news. This at least clinches that I can wait for it to hit cable before I bother trying to watch it.

Happier news comes to us from the folks at The Indy and an article that fills us in on some comments Harrison Ford made recently in regards to the planned fourth Indiana Jones movie: Is Indy 4 still going to be made?
Ford: “No doubt about it.”

IESB: Is Sean coming back for the sequel?
Ford: “He says that he is now retired so I don’t know.”  George has always mentioned that this is his version of a Bond story. Do you think that a younger version of Indy will ever be recast for future feature films?
Ford: “No problem with a younger actor taking on Indiana Jones, but Indy IV is mine.”

It’s a short interview so I don’t want to clip too much from it, but you can check out the rest on their site. In short, Harrison Ford seems to be pretty upbeat about the next installment and that’s a good thing.

4 thoughts on “News on the “Doom” movie and “Indiana Jones 4.”

  1. Les, I don’t know if you have already mentioned it, but a movie is also being made of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon.

  2. I’m all for a fourth, fifth, sixth, etc. Indy movie!  The best birthday gift I ever got was a ticket to see Raiders in the theatre with my dad lo these many years ago.

    I’m with you on the Doom movie thing, I can wait for the rental on that one…

  3. Good news on the Indy sequel. Mention was made of a younger actor taking on the role in future movies, but personally I can’t quite imagine anyone other than Harrison Ford embodying the character so well.

    As for the Da Vinci Code, I’m underwhelmed by the casting choice. This is a character described as “Harrison Ford in Harris tweed”—dashing, yet intellectual. Ford himself is too old for the part, but I don’t see Hanks as being a good fit. He’s surprised me before though, so I guess we’ll see.

    Found the book mediocre, but it seems like it would make a much better movie if the screenwriter and director are chosen well.

  4. Hmmm… I don’t like the whole super-virus thing. Resident Evil, not to mention a whole bunch of other sci-fi movies, done that idea to death. They should’ve gone with the same idea as the DOOM novel where the monsters are creations of a higher alien being whose chief inspiration was data gathered from Earth’s mythologies. Makes a lot more sense to me.. :\

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