Even if you aren’t exactly a superfan of the Doom franchise, you have to acknowledge its place in video game history. Had you been around in the 1990’s, then odds are you played one of its earliest installments on a PC at some point. If not, then perhaps you’ve at least familiarized yourself with one of the more modern offerings, as the series remains a staple in the horror genre.
Of course, a game that’s able to boast such a great level of popularity and influence was naturally going to receive a cinematic adaptation before long. And that came in 2005 in the form of the theatrically released Doom, which starred the likes of Karl Urban and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not the lover of this franchise in the way that I am with the likes of Resident Evil and Silent Hill, but I remained positive when I marched into my local multiplex. Unfortunately, though, I was among the many who were disappointed by the picture having nothing to do with Hell, even if it retained the Mars setting from the games. And while there are a myriad of other complaints I could make, it’s time that we begin discussing the future.
As it turns out, Tony Giglio (Timber Falls, Extraction, Chaos) will be the next filmmaker to take a crack at the bat, as he’ll be directing a screenplay that he wrote for the upcoming reboot. Furthermore, Amy Manson (Once Upon A Time, Being Human, The White Princess) will serve in the lead role, something normally reserved for males when it comes to Doom. Perhaps strong headliners such as Milla Jovovich have inspired the creative minds behind the project to think outside the box in this case as well?
Finally, it’s worth pointing out that Variety reports Universal’s non-theatrical division – Universal 1440 Entertainment – will be handling distribution of the next Doom movie, thus it’s likely it’ll be released direct-to-video and/or debut on a streaming service. That’s all we’ve got to go on for now, but as always, watch this space for more.