Rumor: Brad Pitt, Meet John Marston

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For the last several months, Red Dead Redemption has been the buzz of the gaming world, and rightfully so, in my opinion. I thought the game was artfully made, and it’s going to be one of those titles that I get nostalgic for in years to come. It was both critically and commercially acclaimed, and stands as one of the best selling games of this year.

It’s no surprise, then, that a Hollywood adaptation is being considered. After all, with no space marines or alien invasions to simulate, it seems that the game could quite easily make a big screen transition. What is a surprise, however, is the newest rumor for who is being considered for leading man John Marston: Brad Pitt. I can’t say that Brad Pitt would be my first choice for the role, but then again I’ve never seen the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which is supposedly a wonderful western.

Beyond that, I’m not sure I’d love to see a Red Dead Redemption movie. I’m not trying to be a downer or anything, and I’m not saying it couldn’t be good… It just seems like one of those titles that is so immersive and already cinematic enough in its own right that stripping it down to a 2 hour snapshot of the experience wouldn’t hold the same kind of impact.

My inconsequential opinion about a random rumor aside, what do you guys think? Could Tyler Durden make a good John Marston? Do you have any other suggestions? What would you think of a Red Dead Redemption movie? Go!

Source – Showbiz Spy

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7 thoughts on “Rumor: Brad Pitt, Meet John Marston”

  1. It’s an interesting thought but, as you righfully said Eddy, if it “is so immersive and already cinematic enough in its own right” what’s the point? It’s another point I think about on videogames as art: They’re artistic enough as they are because they’re interactive so ripping that tactile connection we have with the game is only ruining the overall experience. And you condense 20+ hours into 2. No, no, no, no, no.

  2. There were points in Red Dead Redemption that were so poignant and were something that could have only been conveyed through actually playing the experience. The ride in the Mexico (you’re going to get sick of hearing about this part from me, but it was so sublime) most likely wouldn’t work in a movie setting.

    That said, I do feel that Brad Pitt could do a credible John Marston. He’s a better actor then I give him credit for. Just add some facial scars to the above picture and blammo! Instant Marston.

    There just needs to be a scene where he gets mauled by a cougar while picking flowers.

  3. Mitch you just had to mention Mexico again didn’t you? Honestly I don’t even remember that part.

  4. Just watch “3:10 to Yuma”. I swear it’s got a lot of similar elements without being exactly the same.

    I agree with Eddy. I don’t want to see it because their hasn’t been a single video game movie that has lived up to the fans expectations and there is no reason to expect anything different here.

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