There’s a Monument Valley movie in production, because we all need a movie where the lead character stands silently in a maze, going “What? What? No, man, this isn’t possible. There’s no way that I could… uh, I need to get to that platform over there, but… no. This is impossible. This thing is broken. Oh, wait, now I get it! That’s so clever, my brain just imploded!”
Patrick Osborne, who won an Oscar for the animated short film Feast, has been signed up to direct the Monument Valley film, according to a Deadline report. While it’s quite a left field choice of license to pick for a movie, there is definitely potential – the game’s stunning visual style and mind bendingly brilliant puzzle mechanics could make for a film worth watching.
“Monument Valley is a one of a kind experience, at once small in its meditative, simple gameplay, as well as enormous in its sense of history,” Osborne said in a statement to Deadline. “I’m privileged to be handed the reins to Ida’s mysterious kingdom, to play in her world of impossible architecture where seeing things differently is everything. I am thrilled to bring this unique world to theaters with the talented storytellers of Paramount and Weed Road.”
If you’ve missed the game and its equally wonderful sequel because you don’t play mobile games because you’re too L33T(do the kids still say L33T? Am I using it right?), you’ve really done yourself a disservice, because they’re both bloody amazing. Essential, in fact. When it comes to video game movies, they’ve been pretty much universally horrid so far, so something as unexpected as Monument Valley might end up bucking that trend after all.
The film, which is being produced by Paramount and Weed Road Pictures, has not yet been given a release date, or much else, really, besides that it’s happening, and the bit about Patrick Osborne.