The last in my line of Rockstar Games productions, Red Dead Redemption is the classic tale of a reformed man going on an against-all-odds quest to right all his previous wrongs and set his former life to rest. Staged as a Western, against the staggeringly beautiful backdrop of the American southwest and northern Mexico, it’s set in the summer of 1911 as the Old West enters its death throes.
Re-using my argument for Grand Theft Auto IV, purely because it was written by the same people, the story of Red Dead is reason enough to adapt it into a film. There have already been talks of doing just this, but evidently there have been no plans made as of yet. I propose not just one film, but a trilogy, given the scale of John Marston’s quest. The first film would revolve around his exploits in 'Texas', the second instalment would pick up where the first would leave off; John arriving in northern Mexico. The third film would of course feature the climax of the story, and its subsequent epilogue, which just so happens to be one of the finest pieces of video game writing I’ve yet to experience, if not the finest. So I’m suggesting a Lord of the Rings kind of treatment for Red Dead Redemption, it’s definitely worthy of it in my honest opinion.
Red Dead is a game that I hold in the same regard as GTA; I’ve often fantasised about the possibilities of a film adaptation whilst playing it. So much have I thought about it that I’ve even contributed to forums regarding the cast of the films should they ever be made. By popular demand, Russell Crowe is one of the contenders to play John Marston, as is Josh Brolin. Both could pull off the character equally well with the Gary Cooper-style strong, silent, ruggedness they’re able to bring forth in certain pictures.