MartySheen found a cool interview with Chris Roberts. Most of the focus is on his most recent sci-fi film production, Outlander. The interview was conducted in the UK where the movie begins showing this Friday.
IGN: What was the appeal of the script?
SG3 is the third of the original Wing Commander Prophecy concept's increasingly elaborate gauntlet missions. This one is a capture the flag scenario, which most will remember was very popular in multiplayer gaming in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Roberts: Vikings vs. an Alien monster! What's there not to like? Seriously as you probably guessed from the video games I used to make before I moved into films full time I love sci-fi and fantasy worlds. I wanted Ascendant to be making films that allowed you to escape to fantastical settings and worlds. When I first read the script I was completely taken by the genre blend of a sci-fi horror/action movie set in a historical setting. I thought the combination was intriguing and completely cool and combined with a classic story inspired by Beowulf and some great characters, I thought it would make a incredibly fun movie, much in the mold of films like Alien and Predator, both of which are complete classics for me.
I've made some films at Ascendant that I'm proud of like Lord of War and Lucky Number Slevin but it's hard to find scripts that do what Outlander does. Genre movie scripts tend to be pretty bad most of the time, usually a great high concept but not much else. Outlander had both the concept and a great story. So there was no choice. It had to be made!
IGN: What's up next for you?
Roberts: It's currently secret, but when I can talk IGN will be one of the first to know!
These updates are thanks to John "Captain Johnny" Guentzel, who provided several CD image archives of material used by the Wing Commander Prophecy development team!
Download (40 kb)
Date: May 2, 1997
Project: Wing Commander Prophecy
Donated By: John Guentzel
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