Friday and Set It Off director, F. Gary Gray is evidently working on a movie based on the video game Saints Row. I’ve never played it. But still. Today, screenwriter Greg Russo (Mortal Kombat) reveals it will be inspired by two utter classics, Walter Hill’s The Warriors and John Carpenter’s Escape From New York.

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Read his comments below!

Russo tells Collider: “I think from a storytelling perspective, it was two things. The tricky thing with something like Saints Row is gonna be tone, right away. ‘Cause if you know the franchise, you know that it basically had two tones. It has more of the gritty tone, which is the first couple [games], and then it goes kind of bonkers and just absolutely insane. And so, we wanted to make sure that we weren’t isolating either of those. So it’s about just trying to find the tonal balance where you have real characters, real stakes — again, that was part of it with Mortal Kombat, too.

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He continues: “You want it to feel real, you want the characters to feel real, as much as possible. But you also wanna lean into what made it fun, and lean into that craziness. So part of it was trying to figure out that tone, which I think it’s finally gotten into a place where it makes sense. And then it was a matter of, ‘What kind of movie is this? Because how do you take an open-world [game] and tell a story?’ So I looked at different films that I really love. I’m a big fan of ’70s cinema, so I looked at The Warriors, I looked at Escape From New York — just some of those classics.

Finally, he says: “It’s a tricky one, right? I love the franchise, I’ve played all the games, huge fan of it. And we have a director, F. Gary Gray, who’s attached to it, who’s an amazing, visionary director. He’s done some incredible [films], some of my favorite films, including Set It Off, which I still think is one of the best. It’s fantastic. So he’s got a great vision for it, he knows what he wants to do.”

Sounds good to us!

Saints Row, The Warriors, Escape From New York

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