Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, the screenwriters who brought Buzz Light Year, Woody, Jessie, and Mr. Potato Head together in the original Toy Story are contemplating doing something really, um, well, dumb. Sokolow and Cohen revealed in a recent interview that they are considering putting Zynga’s smash hit social media game, Farmville on the big screen.
Of course we’ve seen the likes of Pokemon, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat, Mario Brothers, Double Dragon and more, come to the big screen, but this is different. I’m not sure that a Sim City movie would have worked and I’m not sure that Farmville would either.
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The two veteran film makers said they were in discussions with Zynga to turn one of their major franchises into a movie, but said they couldn’t say specifically which one. They did leave this clue though:
We’re in conversations with Zynga to do something with one of their brands. Can’t really say too much on that front yet, but ‘Old MacDonald’ didn’t have a factory, if you get our drift.
As TFTS points out with these two writes behind the project they may be able to come up with a story line that works. The problem is that the Farmville experience is unique to the user and their social neighbors and changes accordingly. My Farmville is not your Farmville (actually I’ve never played Farmville I played Cityville for a bit but stopped).
Now on the other side of this are some really unique opportunities, maybe codes in the movies to get more crops, or other ways to interact with the movie that may be able to take this idea to another level.
Farmville may have a chance with Sokolow and Cohen, we’ll see