Brett Ratner Wants to Make a 'Guitar Hero' Version of 'The Wizard'

August 29, 2008

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Brett Ratner told an MTV reporter that he wants to make Guitar Hero more than a way to annoy your neighbors with constant screaming and pounding. Specifically, he'd like to make it a movie:

I love ‘Guitar Hero’ and I think it’s a part of pop culture. I would love to do a ‘Guitar Hero’ movie, if Activision would ever let me. I’m trying to convince them, but why would you have a movie screw up such a huge franchise? Not that I would make a bad movie. So that would be cool, to do a ‘Guitar Hero’ movie.

No, you would make a bad movie, and it wouldn't be cool. Ratner also has a plot in mind:

It could be about a kid from a small town who dreams of being a rock star and he wins the ‘Guitar Hero’ competition. One of these dreams-[come-true] kind of concepts.

Wow, that's a really good premise, Brett. So simple and elegant. Who wouldn't love to see a movie about a kid playing a video game? In fact, it's such a good idea, I couldn't help but ask the director if he had any other brilliant ways to convert other difficult-to-adapt video games into successful films. In an IWS exclusive, here's Ratner's response:

Super Mario Bros. - "Small town kid, he wants to be a plumber. He ends up winning this Mario Bros. competition. And I wouldn't make it a bad movie."

Grand Theft Auto - "It could be this boy in a suburban area who really wants to steal cars and relentlessly murder pedestrians. Instead, he plays a video game with this same premise, eventually winning a tournament. And I wouldn't make it a bad movie."

Sonic the Hedgehog - "It could be about this child living in a non-metropolitan area has dreams of becoming a sarcastic, anthropomorphic hedgehog with the ability to run extremely fast and curl himself into a perfect sphere capable of destroying the droid forces of the evil Dr. Robotnik. About how he wins a Sonic the Hedgehog video game tournament. Also: I don't intentionally make it a bad film."

Halo - "I haven't played that, but the movie would be whatever the plot of Halo is, that's what this kid wants to be, but he forgoes that dream to instead play a video game similar to the dream. This one I might actually make sort of bad, but no worse than that X-Men I did."

He should make all of these.

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