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Please No: Another DOOM Movie On The Way

In 2005, Universal Pictures (finally) released the film adaption of id Software's popular DOOM franchise. The film was directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and starred Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Karl Urban and Rosamund Pike.

As many DOOM fans already know (and suffered), the movie tanked in the box office, eventually scoring a 19-percent on Rotten Tomatoes and becoming one of TIME's ten worst movies based on games. Overall the general consensus was that DOOM's only positive aspect was the sequence in which the movie imitated the game, placing viewers behind the gun in a first-person perspective. It was awesome and extremely too short in duration.

"The Rock's character goes around shooting everything in sight, the barrel of his gun sticking suggestively up from the bottom of the screen," TIME said. "It's like the audience as a whole is playing DOOM on a really big screen. Fanboys loved it. The rest of the movie might as well not have even existed."

But despite Universal's horrid first attempt to capture our beloved franchise on the big screen, Hollywood – or at least Universal Pictures – isn't giving up quite yet. As time eventually heals all wounds, nearly six years later the studio is reportedly working on another DOOM movie thanks to the success of Paramount's G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.

According to industry insiders, Universal still owns the film rights to the franchise and plans to reboot even though only one film ever made it to the big screen. That said, the studio is bypassing The Rock's 2005 flick and is currently scouting for a script that will take advantage of the industry's new gimmick: 3D. That's right: Universal wants to film DOOM in 3D. Did you expect anything less?

But because the new DOOM movie is in the early stages of development, no additional info is available as of this writing. Still, as the previous movie was loosely based on the story and atmosphere contained within id Software's DOOM 3, the next film may likely go back to the franchise's Hell-based roots. Then again, it's possible the movie may be tied in with DOOM 4, which may or may not hit retail shelves in 2012.

Just cross your fingers Uwe Boll doesn't get involved.

  • Yeah but see Uwe Boll made the Postal movie. How could you go wrong?
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  • "The Rock's character goes around shooting everything in sight, the barrel of his gun sticking suggestively up from the bottom of the screen," TIME said."

    Umm, no. just no. wrong. Did they even watch the movie? It was Karl Urban's character.
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  • 4745454b
    I actually liked the doom movie. For me the biggest problem with it was that whole genetic engineering thing. I've always wondered if I saw the same movie as everyone else however and I'm starting to think I didn't. I have proof.

    "The Rock's character goes around shooting everything in sight, the barrel of his gun sticking suggestively up from the bottom of the screen," TIME said. "It's like the audience as a whole is playing DOOM on a really big screen."

    Actually in the version I saw it was Reaper who did this, he was looking for his sister. Sarge/The Rock had already started turning at this point. While I don't think the movie was great (3 out of 5? 7 out of 10?) it doesn't deserve the negative press that it got. More so if that press can't even keep the characters straight.
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  • K2N hater
    There CAN'T be a DooM movie without depressing silent scenes, cruel demonic hordes and insane chainsaw carnage.
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  • FrozenGpu
    ^+1 @ 4745454b nailed it, I concur 100% w/ how it got bad press that I honestly think was a bit undeserving. The fact the press didn't get the characters straight makes me think they didn't pay enough attention to it, maybe they shouldn't have reviewd it. :\
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  • Flameout
    "thanks to the success of Paramount's G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra."

    that made me lol literally
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  • belardo
    The Rock's character becomes "infected" and is killed... he's not the one in "game mode" of the movie.

    The movie was okay... could have been better, seen worse.
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  • Krnt
    I agree with 4745454b.
    So this means critics don't watch the movies, just write shit.
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  • DaddyW123
    Seriously? G.I. Joe was the worst piece of crap movie ever. I watched it steaming on Netflix and not only was I so happy I didn't waste what is now a ton of money to see it at the theater, I was glad that I didn't waste one of my dvd mailings on it. I'd rather watch Doom than G.I. Joe any day.

    And Kevin, how embarrassing for you. You should probably watch a movie before you comment on the characters actions.

    Lastly, yes I liked the first-person scene, but I didn't think it was too short at all. Making it longer would have been a mistake. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who started to feel a little sick towards the end of that scene. I would have been ok with two or three sequences throughout the film, but not a longer one.
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  • vicsrealms
    I thought it was a fun movie. Of course I didn't go in expecting it to be up to par with some of the best action movies out there. Nonetheless, it was a fun movie that you just had to leave your brain at the door to enjoy. As for who was running around in FPS style, it was Urban and not the Rock. Kind of hope they continue off the first one, and bring Urban back into it. Still, I will give it a chance.
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