Lost Planet Flick Costs Big Bucks To Make

By Spencer . January 21, 2009 . 1:33pm

image Capcom who is partially financing the Lost Planet film adaptation isn’t skimping on the budget. Toshihiro Tokumaru, Head of Capcom’s Character Contents Business, explains the “project will cost somewhere between 150 million and 200 million dollars to make.” Just for comparisons sake the planned budget is bigger than Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and falls right around the price of Armageddon which was made for $173 million. Fiscally speaking the Lost Planet film is a big bet for Capcom, but they seem comfortable with the project since Avi Arad, the producer of Spider-Man, is the acting producer.


Tokumaru hopes the movie will add substance to the Lost Planet world by showing the interpersonal relationships of the protagonist while the game focuses on shooting insect-like aliens.


It doesn’t sound like Capcom is stopping the film train anytime soon either. Next month Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li debuts. Later this year Clock Tower should be done. Then Lost Planet. After that? “At the moment, there are many ideas on the table,” Tokumaru said. “I would like to capitalize on our classic franchises, like Street Fighter and Resident Evil as much as possible. But, for projects that require massive budgets, there may be times when we license out film rights and give studios a free hand. As we learn more, I’d like to explore ways to better use our assets in film.


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  • Cloud_ST

    I dont have lot of Faith in video game adaptations….Max Payne and Hitman killed that for me….and RE,well….it’s kinda good but a summer blockbuster nevertheless…

    PD:Hitman isn’t that bad.

  • Aoshi00

    I haven’t played the Hitman games, I thought it was a pretty good action flick w/ some humor.

    The first RE w/ Milla Jovovich was great, very scary for me. Degeneration was pretty good too, except the CG chars’ movement and mouth syncs are a little unnatural.

    Lost Planet live action should be interesting when I think about the shoot out w/ huge bugs, as long as it looks better than the tongue-in-cheek Starship Troopers.

    At least the new Chun Li looks hotter than Ming Na :)

  • Mazen

    What is the most expensive movie ever made?

  • ethelred

    Not to pick nits, but the claim that Lost Planet will be bigger financially than Final Fantasy: Spirits Within isn’t exactly correct. When making any sort of cost comparison, it is absolutely essential to factor in inflation. Spirits Within was made in 2001 at a cost of 137 million dollars, and with inflation, that would be about 171 million in 2009… so if Lost Planet is targeted at 150 to 200 million, it could easily come in below the cost of Spirits Within. Similarly, inflation would bring 1998’s Armageddon up to 232 million dollars, well over even the high mark for Lost Planet.

  • QBasic

    A lot of people are skimping on the fact that David Hayter is writing and directing this movie…

    This is the dude whose Watchmen script even impressed the pissy creator Alan Moore. The dude who gave the X-Men movies a personality.

    Personally, I *do* have faith. It could be wishful thinking….but, if Solid Snake can save the world 5+ times, I doubt a movie adaptation is quite the mission…

    • Aoshi00

      You’re right, I remember hearing David Hayter is involved in this project. That does ramp up the confidence factor quite a bit. Wonder if they’re having an Asian actor to play Wayne…

  • Aoshi00

    I think Onimusha would make a pretty good movie too, at least Samanosuke could look the same as in the game, played by Kaneshiro Takeshi.

    It’s a pity FF Spirits Within didn’t have a better writer, since it was quite a technical achievement, even by today’s standard.

    The other game turned movie I’m excited about is Gears of War, it should be exciting like Aliens. It would be hard to have good and buffed actors :) Michael Clarke Duncan could play the Cole Train.

  • lostinblue

    what a waste of money :/

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