A movie based on Deep Silver/Volition’s Saints Row series is in the works, with F. Gary Gray in the director’s chair.
First reported by Deadline, the movie is a collaboration between Koch Media, Fenix Studios and Occupant Entertainment. Koch owns Deep Silver and therefore has the rights to the Saints Row franchise.
F. Gary Gray is the talented director behind Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious, and just wrapped Men in Black: International, the series reboot with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as leads.
Gary Russo, who is writing the Saints Row adaptation, has been hard at work on both the Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat movie reboots, so he knows his way around a video game adaptation.
Whilst the talent is there, it’ll be interesting to see how this movie turns out. There’s a lot of content to unravel given the four mainline games that have been released in the Saints Row franchise.
Will this movie focus on the humble beginnings of the Third Street Saints in Stilwater, or lean into the utter madness of the fourth instalment, where you play the president of the United States fending off an alien invasion?
Perhaps Gray’s work on Men In Black might inform this decision. Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see how this turns out. Saints Row has never had the most compelling story, but that hasn’t stopped Doom or Mortal Kombat from getting film adaptations either.
Let’s just hope with the influx of new video game adaptations that the bar for quality is set a little higher than it was in the 90s and early 00s.