In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, director Darren Bousman revealed details about his original screenplay “ The Desperate ”, which ultimately ended up being the sequel to “ The Mortal Games 2 ”.
“We started developing ‘The Desperate’ as an original movie, but then ‘The Mortal Games’ hit festivals, and everyone was talking about it. Lionsgate wanted to start developing a sequel right away. AND [os produtores] they knew the scriptwriting process would take months and they only had weeks. Then they approached me and said, “We want to turn your storyline into ‘Mortal Games 2’. At that point, I was angry because I didn’t know what the size of the franchise would be. Eventually they took me to Lionsgate and showed me the movie. I thought it was amazing. So I started to rewrite the script to become “Mortal Games 2”. “
He adds: “The plot of ‘The Desperate’ is very different from ‘Mortal Games 2’. The characters are the same. Obi and Xavier and all of those characters were in the original storyline, but the premise was different. In the plot, people would be invited to participate in a game in a mansion, where, basically, there could only be one winner and they would have to do terrible things. One of the characters would be a murderer and the others would have to find out his identity. And the killer’s mission would be to kill everyone before the time runs out. It’s funny, but the character of Amanda exists in the original storyline. It was a character named Leah, who at the end of the movie finds out to you that you’ve been in this game before in the same way Amanda had been tested by Jigsaw before. It was basically the same idea. This story was passed on to “Mortal Games 2”. There are several other similarities [como o policial assistindo as câmeras do jogo e a reviravolta que era uma gravação, não em tempo real]. I can see why [os produtores] they thought it would be an easy solution for them.
It’s worth remembering that the next chapter in the franchise, titled “ Spiral – The Legacy of Mortal Games, ” hits national theaters on June 17th.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the feature opened with 53% approval based on 32 reviews, and interestingly, it became the most well-received iteration in the saga – before Chapter 1, which has 50%. approval.
Check out the main reviews below:
“‘Spiral’ sacrifices the value of entertainment for the sake of respectability – and in the process, neither does it” – The Wrap.
“[O filme] it’s a decent thriller, despite the disgusting parts ”- San Francisco Chronicle.
“A fun continuation of a surprisingly enduring franchise” – JoBlo.
“Tries admirably, but fails to bring a twist to the ‘Deadly Games’ franchise” – The Only Critic.
“It’s not a waste of concept, exactly, but neither is it the reinvention that the franchise needed” – AV Club.
Created in 2004, the franchise reboots and returns to the big screen after a 2-year hiatus, when the last release took place: “Mortal Games: Jigsaw”.
Darren Lynn Bousman is in charge of the direction, while Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger sign the screenplay.
A sadistic and awesome spirit initiates a twisted form of justice in “Spiral”, the spooky new chapter of “The Mortal Games”. Working in the shadow of a famous and seasoned police officer, Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks and his new partner are tasked with investigating a series of bizarre murders, reminiscent of the city’s dark past. Plunging into a mystery deeper than it seems, Zeke finds himself at the center of a morbid game.
Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Rock and Max Minghella star in the feature film.
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