Max Payne Makes Big Screen Debut

After his beautiful wife and baby are killed by thugs on drugs (a designer drug called Valkyr, to be specific), Max Payne joins the Drug Enforcement Agency and goes undercover with the mob to find the source of this drug. After the inevitable happens and he is framed for the murder of his partner, Payne is forced to stand alone against the mob and the police. Government conspiracy, the Mafia, and the worst weather to hit the planet in a century are just some of the enemies our dark hero must battle. Ok, we all know the tragic but glorious story of Max Payne, so why not share it with the rest of the non-game-playing world?

20th Century Fox plans to do just that by turning the action video game franchise by Remedy Entertainment and game publisher Gather of Developers into a feature film. "Max Payne" was the first video game to use cinematic techniques like slow-motion "bullet time" (used in movies like "The Matrix").

The game was an instant hit when it was released in July of 2001 for the PC and later that fall for the Xbox and PlayStation 2. It sold more than 5 million copies in the United States. The sequel, "Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne", released by Rockstar Games for the PC, Xbox, and PS2 in the fall of 2003 sold more than 950,000 copies in the United States.

"I think this is a real actor's part because although the story will have action and intrigue, at its core it's a story about a man who loses everything in life that's dear to him," said Scott Faye, who will produce with Julie Yorn.

by lindsay
06/27/2005 12:00AM

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