Mafia Wars movie in the works

Game-to-film adaptations are fraught with danger. Even the ones based on good games don’t necessarily result in decent movies – and as for those based on games that were pretty average in the first place? Some of them aren’t even worth thinking about.

…but what happens when the game in question is a casual title? A little bit of procrastinatory fun tucked into your social networking site? Something which seems to have the primary intent of annoying every single ‘friend’ you have by sending them endless requests and gifts and updates? How will that translate to the big screen?

Mafia Wars

This is what we're in for...

Enter: Mafia Wars, which has apparently just been snapped up by Ted Field and Radar Pictures for a film adaptation.

As far as we know, this is the first Facebook game to get a movie deal (although we’d put money on FarmVille following close behind). Details at this stage are pretty slim, but the logline reveals that it will be a “crime thriller based on the popular video game”. Y’know, in case you couldn’t work that one out yourself…

Radar Pictures are the production company behind The Invention of Lying, Swing Vote, The Last Samurai, The Chronicles of Riddick and the remakes of The Amityville Horror and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We’re not sure quite what that means for the moving picture version of Mafia Wars, but it could get interesting.

If nothing else, this one is guaranteed to have a fairly impressive audience share – more than 25 million people around the world are hooked on growing their criminal enterprises and recruiting their friends. Whether or not they’ll actually leave the computer to go to the cinema though is anyone’s guess.

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