The third person action game series Max Payne has been a highly successful games series. All three games have been critical successes and Max Payne 3 sold four million copies in its first year of release. But its treatment on film has been less favorable, having a critically panned film adaptation in 2008 starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Well two filmmakers in the UK want to make amends by proposing their own fan film and have started fundraising.
The game series tells the tragic story of Max Payne, an ex-NYPD detective turned DEA agent who wants revenge for the murder of his wife and daughter. The games fully embraced its dark, neo-noir style with gameplay that used Matrix-style bullet time.
The fan film, Max Payne: Retribution, is being pitched by writer/director Leroy Kincaide, a director, actor and photographer who won the Professional Photographer Magazines Award for Best Fashion Film in 2013, and Chloe Chudasama, a fellow photographer and acting as producer for the project. In their pitch video they state movies like John Wick, The Equalizer and Saw and the pairing is very similar to another British duo, director James Bushe and cinematographer/producer Simon Rowling who made the well-received fan film Predator: Dark Ages earlier this year. Even their pitch videos are similar. Actor Jon Campling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1) is already attached to the project.
Kincaide and Chudasama are seeking to raise £8,000 ($12,000) for the short, and will be at London Comic Con this weekend for a Q&A session. You can find out more information on their Indiegogo page.