The chances for a Cyberpunk 2077 movie have gone up
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It's not uncommon for video games to hit the silver screen, especially the popular ones. Right now, very few games are as popular as Cyberpunk 2077, so why shouldn't it get its own movie adaptation?
Cyberpunk as a genre has always been cerebral, from Blade Runner to Ghost in the Shell, Johnny Mnemonic to Altered Carbon. They depict world's with huge technological advancements in a backdrop of radical societal change. As a result, many of them don't end up becoming box-office hits.
Shows like Altered Carbon and The Matrix trilogy were however able to add the right amount of action to their stories to make it appeal to fans of the genre and newcomers. As games, Mike Pondsmith's Cyberpunk 2020 and CD Projekt Red's followup, Cyberpunk 2077 are able to provide the exact amount of immersion, contemplation and action that players desire. By creating these vast worlds, they create the opportunity for players to choose what they want to focus on.
To quote Mike Pondsmith in an interview with VGC, "a cerebral film is not necessarily going to allow other people to enter that space and understand it, but at the same time you don’t want to do it totally action." Different mediums have different strengths which must be leveraged to get the desired results.
"I’ve recognised over the years that you have to adapt to the medium to make it effective. You don’t use one medium the same way you use another," said Pondsmith. For him and CD Projekt Red, the plan is to create this world of body augmentation and corporate slave masters and allow players to immerse themselves in it.
"We found a sweet spot with Cyberpunk which is, we make you think, but we don’t bog you down and give you an education. At the end of the day, there will be a moment when you’re sitting there as V and you’ll look down and realise that both of your hands are essentially cybernetic tool factories. As a player, you should at some point think, ‘what is that like?’ There should be that moment of discomfort."
When asked if he was optioning Cyberpunk's movie rights, he replied,
"I can’t really say anything on that. But with Keanu Reeves being tied up in things, it’s become much more of a possibility."
It's hard to say if we ever will get a Cyberpunk movie or if there's even any need for one, but the possibility of having Keanu in it would definitely increase the odds.
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