October 25, 2005

‘Postal’ Game Set to Shoot Up Big Screen

By John Gaudiosi

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The controversial video game "Postal," which has sold more than 1 million units despite being banned in 13 countries and publicly condemned by U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, is heading to the big screen.

Producer-director Uwe Boll has optioned the game from developer Running With Scissors with plans to film the $10 million-$15 million feature in late 2006 for a 2007 theatrical release that would mark the 10th anniversary of the game's release.

Boll, a fan of the "Postal" game franchise, sees the film as "Pulp Fiction" meets "Falling Down," the Michael Douglas film about a crazed working stiff.

"The film will have all the political incorrectness and American craziness from the game, wrapped around an action-thriller story line," Boll said.

Vince Desi, CEO of independent game developer Running With Scissors, said the film will introduce the mainstream audience to its lead character, the Postal Dude, and the story will include elements from both titles in the franchise.

Desi describes Postal Dude as "an average white-trash guy living in a trailer who smokes pot, drinks beer and hates his wife." The character in the first-person shooter "is more concerned with getting through the day than saving the world," Desi said.

Gary Coleman appeared as himself in the game "Postal 2" and is set to make an appearance in the film version.

"Oh my god, if the game was any indication, Running With Scissors' 'Postal' movie will leave an indelible scar on Hollywood," Coleman said. "I can't wait."

Although the film is expected to earn an R rating, Desi said a lot has changed in the decade since "Postal" was introduced.

"I don't see a backlash from this film because for whatever reason, the mainstream media only single out the games industry when it comes to violence," Desi said. "Filmmakers can pretty much do what they please."

Running With Scissors is developing "Postal 3" for Microsoft's Xbox 360 and PC with an expected release date of first-quarter 2008. Desi said the film or DVD release likely will tie into the launch of the new game.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter