An Apocalypse Now Video Game is in the Works; Kickstarter Begins

“I love the smell of Napalm in the morning.”

The film responsible for that line and many other famous moments, Apocalypse Now, is being developed by Francis Ford Coppola‘s movie studio American Zeotrope, in conjunction with gaming industry veterans, to create a survival-horror RPG.

This idea to adapt Apocalypse Now into a video game may seem ludacrous to some, but not to Coppola who said in this press release.

“Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art picture that could hopefully influence generations of viewers for years to come, Today, I’m joined by new daredevils, a team who want to make an interactive version of Apocalypse Now, where you are Captain Benjamin Willard amidst the harsh backdrop of the Vietnam War. I’ve been watching video games grow into a meaningful way to tell stories, and I’m excited to explore the possibilities for Apocalypse Now for a new platform and a new generation.”

In the game, players will be thrust into the same mission Captain Willard undertakes in the film, to take down Colonel Kurtz, set on the backdrop of the Vietnam War.  However, the concept gets a little more interesting when the announced that certain decisions will influence the main storyline.

Apocalype Now, the game, is joined by veteran producer/writer Montgomery Markland and renowned writer Rob Auten (Gears of War, Far Cry, Battlefield).  It will be executive produced by Lawrence Liberty. 

While many would’ve assumed that a movie-to-game like Apocalypse Now would become a shooter, Coppola and his team have a different vision than most studios.  In fact, that’s why they aren’t going through normal channels to make this game a reality.  Apocalypse Now is using Kickstarter to fund their game.

The kickstarter is up right now so head to it and donate now to help make this happen!  The team hopes to be funded by February 24, 2017!

What do you think of an Apocalypse Now video game?