A toned-down ''Doom'' heads for the big screen. Warner Bros. hopes to make a PG-13 version of the violent video game
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”Doom” may be one of the most popular video games in history, but it’s taken nine years for game creator id Software to agree to a movie deal. In part, the game’s notorious violent content made it a hard sell to studios; you can’t license a ”Doom” Happy Meal. Nonetheless, according to the Hollywood Reporter, id has signed a deal for a big-screen adaptation to be distributed by Warner Bros., which the studio expects to release with a more kid-friendly PG-13 rating.

Another reason ”Doom” didn’t seem to lend itself to a movie version was the first-person-shooter nature of its play. But the film will be based more on id’s ”Doom 3,” the version due next year, which is more story-driven. It takes place on a deserted base on Mars, where a scientific experiment gone awry accidentally opens a portal to hell. (Oops.) Demon-fighting action ensues.

Producing the movie will be Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the former Warner Bros. executive VP who left the studio earlier this month after Warners shelved ”Batman vs. Superman,” a project he’d championed. (Instead, the studio will launch a new ”Superman” trilogy with a script written by ”Alias”’ J.J. Abrams, to be directed by ”Red Dragon”’s Brett Ratner.) Let’s hope di Bonaventura has better luck getting the ”Doom” franchise off the ground; according to the Reporter, the deal stipulates that the movie must go before cameras within 15 months, or else id gets the film rights back.

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