David Milch Adapts “Heavy Rain”

“Deadwood” creator David Milch has signed on to adapt the noir-style PS3 video game “Heavy Rain” into a feature for Unique Features reports Variety.

Selling well over a million copies since its release, the procedural-themed game has users playing four different characters involved to different extents in the hunt for the Origami Killer, a serial child murderer who drowns his victims several days after he abducts them.

The characters include a divorced father of the most recent abductee who lost his first child in an accident years before and suffers from black outs, a gruff private investigator looking into the killings with the help of a prostitute, a female reporter who becomes close with the father, and a whip-smart FBI agent with a drug habit and hi-tech glasses that produce a virtual computer interface even more elaborate than those seen in “Minority Report”.

The game has proven a big hit with critics and users with its unique gameplay which makes it more like a complex interactive movie with multiple variations on the story depending upon the player’s choices. A lot of money went into the production values as well with actors like Pascal Langdale and Leon Ockenden voicing and doing motion capture work for the production.

Milch will start writing “Rain” once he’s finished work on the first season of HBO’s horseracing series “Luck”. Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are producing while Unique has a first look deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.