Saturday, May 2, 2009

Gizmondo Gets Ready For Its Closeup

Back in 2004 Tiger Telematics, the maker of the upstart GPRS connected handheld gaming console called Gizmondo, was aggressively pursuing the Hollywood studios for portable gaming and VOD licenses. I don't think any of those deals ever happened and the device was a flame-out shortly after launch in late 2005. Well Gizmondo might be ready for its Hollywood sequel...and this time in a starring role. Mobile Entertainment reported on a Hollywood Reporter story from Wednesday that writer/director Craig Zobel & veteran producer Beau Flynn (Requiem for a Dream, Journey to the Center of the Earth, etc.) are developing a film based upon Randall Sullivan's 2006 Wired article "Gizmondo's Spectacular Crack-up". The article focuses on the copious colorful criminal antics of Gizmondo's Swedish co-founder Bo Stefan Eriksson...infamous for, among other things, wrecking a $1mil Ferrari on PCH. I hope the film actually makes it into production and I hereby recommend that either Michael Madsen, Vincent D'Onofrio or Tom Sizemore play Eriksson and that a fattened up 1st gen nGage stars as the Gizmondo. If the film is released, my guess is that most movie-goers will be surprised to learn that the device and Eriksson are not fictional.

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