Remember when Farmville was popular on Facebook and nearly everyone you knew played it? The virtual farming simulator turned otherwise normal, intelligent friends and family into gaming drones — slipping away from the dinner table or a meeting to water crops, feed chickens, harvest apples and other aimless activities. "South Park" even parodied the lunacy of the whole thing during a hilarious episode.
While its popularity may have faded, it appears that Hollywood is ready to harvest some cash with a movie based on the game. According to IGN, screenwriters Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen are currently working on a script. "We're in conversations with Zynga to do something with one of their brands. Can't really say too much on that front yet, but 'Old MacDonald' didn't have a factory, if you get our drift," they said.
Looking at the former work of Sokolow and Cohen, there's reason to be both optimistic and horrified. On one hand, the duo are responsible for the original "Toy Story" screenplay, arguably one of the best animated films of the last 20 years. Unfortunately, they also penned the abominable animated live-action "Garfield" movie and its awful sequel, "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties."
Quipped one commenter on New York Magazine, "In keeping with the spirit of the game, the film will feature the fascinating adventures of 200 cats, chickens, and horses that all look exactly the same. Viewers willing to shell out additional cash will be eligible to see rare animals not available in any other theaters."
Whatever — I'm still waiting for the feature-length film based on the classic videogame, The Oregon Trail. With only a fan trailer to go on, it's at least better than anything I can think will spring from Farmville. Prove us wrong, Sokolow and Cohen!