Having recently started getting back into the video game community once again, a big part of that has been because of Rockstar Studio’s “Red Dead Redemption.” It’s an open ended, western frontier game in which the hero, John Marsten embarks on a series of quests, adventures and gun slinging to appease the corrupt government officials and win the freedom of both himself and his family. Put simply, it’s the best video game I’ve played in 10 years. It’s also easily the most aesthetically gorgeous.
Since its release, the game has gotten rave reviews and sold millions of copies so no real surprise the studios are going to try for a movie version of the game. Since no video game movie to date is very good, my anticipation and expectations for the film are pretty low. But the speculation out there is that it will be Brad Pitt has been “offered first refusal” for the role of the main character.
“This is an exciting project with a great character at the center of it,” a source said. “The idea is to make this in the style of an epic Western movie but with a few modern touches.”
This coming from about as deep inside the rumor mill as possible as no sources or studios are mentioned in any of the articles floating around the webs today.
Having said that, with Pitt impeccably playing the titular character in the best film of 2007, I have no doubt he would be awesome for the role. And hey, a contemporary western may very well be my favorite genre. So even though it’s based off of a video game, if “they” can simply make an awesome western with Pitt as the lead, I’m totally gung-ho for this.