Hey! That dude from “Heroes” just wrote himself a movie. And, it turns out, Masi Oka may be just as geeky in real life as he is on “Heroes.” (Fun Fact: Masi Oka also did visual effects for the second Star Wars trilogy, as well as Terminator 3 and War of the Worlds). The movie, which is being produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek) is a family-adventure called The Defenders. It’s being directed by Spielberg protege D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia).
The movie is about a group of teenagers around the world who are involved in a MMORPGs (or, massively multiplayer online role-playing games). They don’t know each other behind their avatar identities, but they are forced together for an adventure of some sort, and become inadvertent heroes. So, it’s a lot like Pajibacon, only exchange the avatars for commenter names, the weaponry for beers. and the inadvertent heroes for intentionally drunk.
The expected tone of the movie will be similar to The Goonies. Oka, along with Kurtzman/Orci Prods., is trying to revive the spirit of those old Amblin movies, like Gremlins, E.T. and Back to the Future. It’s a nice thought, and D.J. Caruso’s Disturbia was as close to that tone as any film I can remember in recent memory.
Still: MMORPGs? Can’t they just find an alien in a cave or something?