Heroes star Masi Oka has signed on to exec produce The Defenders, a movie based on an idea he pitched himself, about MMORPGS. I have no idea what that means. (*grabs nerd by collar, demands answers*) Okay, I’m told it stands for massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) will produce, with DJ Caruso (Eagle Eye) in talks to direct and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) writing the script.
The story centers on a group of mostly teenagers from around the world who are involved in a multiplayer video game, each unaware of who they really are behind the cover of their consoles and avatars. They are forced to come together for a real adventure, becoming inadvertent heroes in the process. DreamWorks will develop a video game simultaneously with the feature. Oka came up with idea while playing MMORPGs.
“You can be whoever you want to be,” he said. “The question came to me: What if you had to live up to the person you created in the virtual world?” [THR]
So basically, how this went down was, Masi Oka was like, “I have an idea for a movie.”
And the other guys were like, “What’s it about?”
And Masi Oka was like, “It’s about guys playing video games. I got the idea while I was playing a video game.”
And then the other guys were like, “Hmm, I like that idea. Can it also be a video game?”
And then Masi Oka was like, “Yes, that’s a great idea. I like playing video games.” Because Hollywood is a glamorous place, you see.