After fans expressed their concerns regarding Doom: Annihilation (an upcoming direct-to-video Doom movie adaptation), iD Software took to Twitter to clarify that they are “not involved with the movie.” While the studio did not expand upon that statement, most have rightfully taken it to mean that the developer wants to distance themselves from the film.
In case you missed the initial announcement, Doom: Annihilation is the latest cinematic “effort” from director Tony Giglio. Yes, that is his real name, and yes, he is the same Tony Giglio responsible for Soccer Dog: The Movie and Death Race 2 and 3. It tells the story of a group of space marines who go to mars and end up fighting some demons due to incredible circumstances. In other words, it’s the plot of pretty much every other Doom game and film up unitl this point, which is actually not necessairly a bad thing.
What is a little more questionable is the everything else about this movie. Let’s be clear about one thing: Doom has never been a piece of high art. Truth be told, there’s always been an element of it that you could call “dumb fun.” Even during the series glory days, it actually reveled in its own simplicity. So far as that goes, this upcoming adaptation actually does continue the series’ legacy.
However, there’s something about this adaptation that just feels off. While it’s certainly low-budget, we’re not going to hold that against it. Instead, the biggest concern that emerges from the trailer is the fact that this move looks more like a zombie film than a movie based on Doom and that the whole thing is shot like one of those high-end porn parodies of real films.
In fact, this movie might have been better of going with the retro film look and just embracing its full campiness and old-school bad vibes. As it is, this movie looks too clean but not clean enough to actually be a real movie made by people talented enough to not have to answer the want ad for a direct-to-video Doom adaptation.
We also still can’t help but wonder just how this project got approved in the first place. You’d think that the series’ recent success and upcoming game sequel would mean that everyone involved wiht the franchise would be more careful with the Doom name. Then again, we suppose the call of that direct-to-video money is too strong for anyone to turn down.
Doom: Annihilation is set to release sometime during the fall.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.