As you know I am an entrepreneur. I have ideas and I hire or team up with people to execute them. Lately though I have decided to blog my ideas as I am Fon, Fon, Fon and don´t have time to execute non Fon projects. So here´s an idea for a movie script (I have never produced a movie) inspired of World of Warcraft, the game. I had this idea listening to Joichi Ito´s stories about the 200 person guild he runs at World of Warcraft. It turns out that Joichi has real soldiers playing in his guild. Soldiers who are in Iraq fighting a real war. So they fight a virtual war under Joichi´s leadership and then a real and a real war under their commander. Here´s the plot.
Joichi and his guild play Warcraft and plan a super ingenious attack in the game. In this way people who are new to the game see the game and people who know the game enjoy the tactics. There are 6 million people playing this game but most of the planet is not playing it and through the World of Warcraft movie they would first be exposed to it. After viewers are familiar with the game and see that the game has real live communications of people all accross the planet who coordinate attacks within guilds something happens: the Iraqi members of the guild get kidnapped by Al Qaida operatives in Iraq while they play. The gamers can hear what´s happening, one of them speaks Arabic and starts translating to others the kidnapping scene. Everyone at the guild is shocked they stop playing and start a debate. Joichi (i love to turn my friends into movie heroes) decides that the guild has to do something about this and proposes a plan. Guild members will travel to Iraq and find the hostages. The rest of the movie is the rescue. How the guild gets organized to go. Clever tactics blending game and real life. How everyone arrives from the rest of the world to Iraq, how they meet, probably a love story as well, some humor. The guild becomes something of a “Lost with a mission” in Iraq. Now there could be two versions, the simple Hollywood one in which the hostages are rescued (less interesting) or the Indie one in which through fighting a real war the gamers realize how awful war is, how little there is to gain, how miserable everyone is, how there are no clear losers or winners, how most Iraqis hate Americans and foreigners in general, how devastated the country is. To summarize it´s a story of a guild in a game that becomes a guild in real life fighting a real war. If you are a writer reading this and would like some funding to turn this idea into a script pls feel free to contact me.
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