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E3 2008: Capcom Press Conference

 July 15, 2008

E3 2008: Capcom Press Conference
By: Dakota Grabowski

The Capcom Press Conference brought forth a briefing of what to expect from Lost Planet: The Movie

Capcom wasted no time getting to the point of their press conference: Lost Planet: The Movie.

Bringing on stage Avi Arad, David Hayter, Ari Arad, Keiji Inafune, Steven Paul, Tetsu Fujimaru and Haruhiro Tsujimoto, the conference served as a briefing of their ambitions and how the movie came about.

Starting with Avi Arad, Chairman of Arad Production, along with being the former chairman of Marvel Studios, he wasted no time promising that the film would turn out great. Arad said, “Lost Planet feels like an instant classic,” in terms of what he felt they could accomplish. Revealing that Warner Brothers is the worldwide distributor and that they plan to release the film in 2011, he passed the session onto David Hayter.

Many gamers may know David Hayter from his voice-overs in the Metal Gear Solid series, but some may not know that he’s also a screenwriter having written scripts for X-Men 1 and X-Men 2. Hayter said that he was a huge fan of the game as it reminded him of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Hayter will be handling the screenwriting of Lost Planet: The Movie.

Next up was Ari Arad, the president of Arad Productions who also served as an executive producer at Marvel Studios. He didn’t speak long as he rather used his time to talk up the creator of Lost Planet, Keiji Inafune, who eventually spoke next.

Inafune is a veteran of the video game industry with having over 20 years in the business. He served as the executive producer and creator of Lost Planet and was thrilled to have the video game transition to film.

“Our staff put a lot of their blood, sweet, and tears into making the game,” said Inafune. He’s hoping to be as helpful as possible to make the transition for Lost Planet from the gaming world to Hollywood a smooth one.

After Inafune finished up, Chief Executive Officer of Seaside Entertainment, Steven Paul, took center stage to comment on why Lost Planet was chosen for a film adaptation. “We couldn’t think of a better property than Lost Planet…It’s branded and extraordinary in its look and characters,” said Paul.

Paul eventually introduced Tetsu Fujimura, chief executive officer of Filosophia, Inc. who firmly believes Lost Planet: The Movie will be “the biggest adaptation for film from video games ever.”

Haruhiro Tsujimoto, president and chief operating officer of Capcom, finished up the press conference with a bold statement stating, “We’ve had success with both of those (Street Fighter and Resident Evil), and now we are turning to taking more properties to film.”

With all that in mind, one can only cross their fingers that Lost Planet: The Movie turns out to be a stellar film with all the bright minds behind the project.

 

 

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