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October 18th, 2005, 09:52 AM
From SciFi Wire:


Columbine Delayed Doom Film

The adaptation of the hit first-person-shooter video game Doom to the big screen hit a snag after the Columbine High School shootings, in part because the two teens who killed 12 fellow students and a teacher were fans of the game, creator Todd Hollenshead told SCI FI Wire.

Producers of the Doom movie, John Wells and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, sidestepped questions about the film's delays. "Why did it take so long?" di Bonaventura answered in response to a question. "Yes, well, there were so many other predecessors that came out with movies, and there were different studios involved before we got involved, but the other movies were just imitating the granddaddy of all games, and that's why the company held back a little bit."

Id Software chief Hollenshead said plans for a Doom movie came together nine years ago, but were put on hold after the 1999 shootings. "Nobody wanted to mess with Doom after Columbine," Hollenshead said. The company focused on Quake, and the momentum was lost for a movie. "After a lull we went back to the Doom franchise, and we were able to convey to people what a cinematic experience the game could be." Agents at Creative Artists Agency provided a screening room for filmmakers to see the game on a big screen, and that helped renew the interest in the film, Hollenshead added.

Doom stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Rosamund Pike and Karl Urban. It opens Oct. 21 and is being released by Universal Pictures, a division of NBC Universal, which also owns SCIFI.COM.

October 18th, 2005, 05:04 PM
I thought it was good taste that delayed the Doom movie.

October 19th, 2005, 01:10 AM
Oh well, im sure we will survive!