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Hollywood worried gamers will ignore Iron Man

The target audience for summer blockbuster movies aren’t that different from blockbuster video games. Popcorn flicks feature fast-paced action with special effects, and hit games usually also feature intense action sequences with the latest graphical tricks. Perhaps for this reason, some Hollywood executives are sweating the release of Grand Theft Auto IV.

In particular, the Iron Man movie will hit screens at the end of this week in an environment now filled with people playing Grand Theft Auto IV. The target demographic for Iron Man shares much overlap with GTA IV, causing some concern for Hollywood.

According to the Financial Times, EA CEO John Riccitiello said that movie executives have told him they worry that GTA IV would take away from Iron Man box office. "I don't think I've ever heard of that before," he says. "There's a big reset happening now."

This isn’t the first time that Hollywood is looking at a hot game property with some trepidation. Last fall, the release of Halo 3 pulled in at $170 million on day one, eventually amounting to over $300 million on the game alone in the first week.

Money spent on games could mean less money on movie tickets – a fact that movie executives used to help explain the poor performance of The Heartbreak Kid, the film that reunited the Farrelly brothers with Ben Stiller.

Marvel Studios’ president of marketing Geoff Ammer expressed optimism for both properties sharing the same week. "The two properties can co-exist in the marketplace," he says. "We believe that moviegoers will make going to see Iron Man part of their weekend plans."

Interestingly, little mention was made of the Iron Man videogame, which also released this week on every current game console.

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RE: games > hollywood
By bnutz on 4/29/2008 2:27:41 PM , Rating: 5
Maybe hollywood needs to start making good movies that people want to see and stop blaming something else for the crap that they giving us. The heartbreak kid vs halo3, even a monkey would choose halo. Not been disrespectfully to monkeys. Although Iron Man looks be be descent, I hope it's not like Daredevil or Elktra, and Hulk which they are redoing this year.

RE: games > hollywood
By FITCamaro on 4/29/2008 2:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
They're redoing the Hulk? Or all three? I didn't even bother to see the Hulk. It looked like vomit as much as the green color of the Hulk himself.

RE: games > hollywood
By ajfink on 4/29/2008 2:50:00 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't mind The Hulk, but I'm also a huge Eric Bana fan.

Man crush, I know.

RE: games > hollywood
By darkpaw on 4/29/2008 3:11:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yah, they are actually redoing the Hulk. I don't know much about it, haven't really cared. I think it does come out later this summer though.

RE: games > hollywood
By therealnickdanger on 4/29/2008 3:54:27 PM , Rating: 3
I dunno why people were so hostile toward the Ang Lee Hulk movie - I thought it was incredible! (NPI) Bana was amazing as the meek Bruce and the CGI Hulk looked nearly identical to his comic book form. I thought Lee's comic-style editing was creative and cool, the build-up and character depth was outstanding, and the action scenes were extremely powerful. Jennifer Connelly and Sam Elliott supporting... 'nuff said!

The new Hulk movie just makes me upset. Ed Norton is great and all, but a complete universe "reset" just sucks. I was really hoping for a continuation of Lee's direction. Ah well...

RE: games > hollywood
By pxavierperez on 4/29/2008 6:43:42 PM , Rating: 1
I agree.

In my opinion Ang Lee's Hulk was probably the best movie adaptation of any Marvel's comic heros. It treated the characters and the entire genre with respect. Sadly most audience wants a dumb down brainless movie without much of a story, Just shoot-em-up action for the entire two hours. Hollywood is just supplying the demand.

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