‘Apocalypse Now’ Is Becoming A Videogame

Entertainment

Francis Ford Coppola has given game developers the greenlight to turn his acclaimed 1979 war film, “Apocalypse Now,” into a videogame. And not just any first-person shooter either — “a psychedelic survival horror” game, as executive producer Lawrence Liberty told Ars Technica.


Players will take on the role of Capt. Benjamin Willard, played by Martin Sheen in the film, as he travels up the Nung River into Cambodia to find the mysterious Kurtz, a Army Special Forces colonel who has gone mad. Now AWOL, Kurtz has organized his own tribal milita, which worships him like a god.

Willard’s mission? Terminate. With extreme prejudice, of course.

If you’ve never seen the film, stop reading this now. Go watch it. Then come back when you have hair on your chest. Meanwhile, even if you’ve seen it, the trailer provides a nice refresher.

As you can see, turning this beautiful work of art into a game is inane. Apparently, they couldn’t get rights to “The Deer Hunter.”

Whatever. The game’s Kickstarter page, which includes a video showing off the prototype, is aiming to raise $900,000 to make a PC version of the game. If it raises $2.5 million, PS4 and XBox One versions will also be released. There’s even talk of a VR version. Sigh.

If you’re looking to blow people away, this might not be your top choice. “We are making a survival horror experience,” Liberty explains in a promotional trailer. “I want to make a game where you can sit on the boat and drop acid if that’s what you want to do.”

Or as Coppola himself puts it, the game is “about not getting killed rather than being a killer ... until you meet Kurtz.”

No doubt you’ll be able to surf as well. (Unless you’re Charlie. Charlie don’t surf.) What you won’t be able to do, apparently, is play the game as Kurtz, who has gone, as one character put it in the film, “totally beyond the pale of any acceptable human conduct.”

That would have been kind of fun. Maybe in the sequel? Meanwhile, the prototype is shaping up nicely. A few stills:

Screenshot from video game promotional material.

Screenshot from video game promotional material.

Screenshot from video game promotional material.

Screenshot from video game promotional material.

Screenshot from video game promotional material.

Screenshot from video game promotional material.

Screenshot from video game promotional material.

Screenshot from video game promotional material.

(Courtesy of Jackie Melendrez)

Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran at Iron Mountain. Committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace, Iron Mountain is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company. Learn more here.

Jackie Melendrez couldn't be prouder of her husband, her sons, and the fact that she works for the trucking company Iron Mountain. This regional router has been a Mountaineer since 2017, and says the support she receives as a military spouse and mother is unparalleled.

Read More Show Less
Photo: U.S. Army

Master Sgt. Larry Hawks, a retired engineer sergeant who served with 3rd Special Forces Group, is being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on Friday for "valorous actions" in Afghanistan in 2005.

Read More Show Less

The Iranians just blasted one of the US military's most sophisticated and expensive drones out of the sky as tensions in the Strait of Hormuz reach the boiling point.

Read More Show Less
(Reuters/Lawrence Hurley)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 40-foot-tall (12 meters) cross-shaped war memorial standing on public land in Maryland does not constitute government endorsement of religion, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that leaves unanswered questions about the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution's separation of church and state.

The justices were divided on many of the legal issues but the vote was 7-2 to overturn a lower court ruling that had declared the so-called Peace Cross in Bladensburg unconstitutional in a legal challenge mounted by the American Humanist Association, a group that advocates for secular governance. The concrete cross was erected in 1925 as a memorial to troops killed in World War One.

The ruling made it clear that a long-standing monument in the shape of a Christian cross on public land was permissible but the justices were divided over whether other types of religious displays and symbols on government property would be allowed. Those issues are likely to come before the court in future cases.

Read More Show Less
(Associated Press/Facebook)

A relative of the man who opened fire outside downtown Dallas' federal building this week warned the FBI in 2016 that he shouldn't be allowed to buy a gun because he was depressed and suicidal, his mother said Thursday.

Brian Clyde's half-brother called the FBI about his concerns, their mother Nubia Brede Solis said. Clyde was in the Army at the time.

On Monday, Clyde opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle at the Earle Cabell Federal Building. He was fatally shot by federal law enforcement. No one else was seriously injured. His family believes Clyde wanted to be killed.

Read More Show Less