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Zak Snyder on 300: March to Glory (PSP)

Category: 300 News
Article Date: April 13, 2007 | Publication: | Author: GameSpy Staff
Source: Game

Posted by: DaisyMay

Blockbuster film's director briefly waxes on licensed titles, a potential "Watchmen" game, and what he's playing.

Ancient Greece is all the rage these days. From God of War's well-received sequel to 300 racking up big box office numbers, the land of olives and Olympics seems to have lots of cool cred. We got a very brief chance to sit down with 300 director Zak Snyder to discuss his blockbuster, the filmmaker's role in game licensing, and the future of games based on movies. Here's what he had to say:

GameSpy: We know that 300: March for Glory is based on the film, and movie tie-ins have traditionally been another license for movie studios to bring in lots of income. How much input did you have in the process of making the game?

Snyder: A big part of the reason that we chose to release a licensed game on the PSP has a lot to do with timing. It's faster to make a game on that system, than, say, Xbox 360 or PS3. And we definitely wanted to get something to coincide with the movie release. I had quite a bit of input on the project. They constantly kept us in the loop with the game's progress, and would bring us builds of the game to show us the progress that they were making. And because I'm a gamer, and I play quite a bit, I wanted to make sure that we had something that felt like more of a game than a mere tie-in. We're thinking beyond just the PSP game, though. In the long run, though, we're really interested in releasing a bigger game for Xbox 360 or PS3, and that could be much further down the line, maybe two or three years from now.

GameSpy: You mentioned that you're a gamer. What are you playing, and what are you looking forward to?

Snyder: Well, I'd like to get my hands on the Wii, but for the time being, I play a lot of Gears of War. It's probably awful parenting, but my son and I play Gears together a lot. I really like the PS3, but there isn't much that I'm playing on it right now, so it's pretty much just staying in the cabinet for the time being. My schedule's been pretty tight, so I haven't really been able to take a look at what's new, although God of War II looks pretty awesome.

GameSpy: You're slated to direct an adaptation of "Watchmen." What details can you give us regarding your ideas for a game based on the movie, and what have you learned from the Road to Glory experience, from the filmmaker's side, that you'd like to apply to a licensed game based on "Watchmen?"

Snyder: Well, if there's one thing I've learned throughout the 300 process, it's that I don't want a movie game that's all about people re-living the film. I think that if I were to proceed with working with game developers on a Watchmen game, I'd like to explore the character's backstories. What if you could go back and relive all of the past that defines these characters as we see them in the comics and on film? I think that playing as The Comedian and going to assassinate JFK would be much more interesting and fulfilling for gamers than just playing the same experience that they just saw on a movie screen.

GameSpy: So, something along the lines of Chronicles of Riddick?

Snyder: Yeah, that's along the lines of what I'm thinking. Instead of something that you see all the time with movie games, I'd like to do something more fleshed out.

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