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October 19th, 2005, 09:53 AM
From SciFi Wire:


Doom's Hell Is Other People

In the video game Doom, creatures from a literal hell invade our dimension. But for the movie version of the game, hell is more a state of mind than an actual place, the film's creators told SCI FI Wire.

"In the game it's a literal hell," said Todd Hollenshead, chief executive of id Software, in an interview. "There's nothing figurative about it. We can change environments on our whim. In the movie, hell is in a more figurative sense. The facility becomes hell-like, and demons invade and overtake [the facility], as opposed to sort of the literal hell in the video game."

In the Doom movie, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays Sarge, whose Rapid Response Tactical Squad heads to a science lab on Mars where an experiment has gone horribly wrong and demons are killing people. "The movie [takes] a more cerebral approach," Hollenshead said. "The movie takes in the origin of the demons and explains it. The movie shows that the demons are inside us, good and bad."

Co-screenwriter Wesley Strick said in a separate interview that he was unaware of the game. But he said that his teenage children gave him tips about what creatures to keep in the film. (Strick worked on the script originally written by David Callaham.) "The places were all set already, and hell was like it is now," Strick said. "But the kids made me promise to keep in things like the Pinky Demon. They were a big help."

Hollenshead admitted that the movie has to be a bit more complex than the game and that the film was able to offer explanations and explore concepts, such as a soul being infected. "On the video game side we dispense with those questions and go on a more simple-minded basis," he said.

Doom also stars Rosamund Pike and Karl Urban. It opens Oct. 21. It is being released by Universal Pictures, which is owned by NBC Universal, which also owns SCIFI.COM.

October 20th, 2005, 04:56 AM
Thanks Abydos!

October 20th, 2005, 05:25 PM
The trailer for it was rather amusing. They've gone for a lot of first person camera views, as if you were playing a FPS game. I'm not sure how well it's gonna turn out though