All this week, David Hayter is serving on MTV Movies Blog as guest editor. He's the perfect guy to commentate as the Friday release of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" draws closer. In addition to scripting a number of significant blockbusters -- "X-Men," "X2: X-Men United" and "Watchmen" -- Hayter also has an extensive background in the video game industry, having voiced the iconic Solid Snake character ever since "Metal Gear Solid" put a new spin on the classic Konami stealth-action franchise back in 1998.

Considering his background, it's odd that Hayter has never adapted a video game for film. Considering the sub-genre's spotty history and the writer/actor's own background, it seems like a perfect pairing. Hayter actually has gone after a couple of video game adaptations, perhaps most notably the Capcom title "Lost Planet." Keep reading to learn exactly what happened with that script and why it so appealed to him for a film treatment. Read More...

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"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" is out this Friday. There's a history in Hollywood of video game adaptations, a history that extends back almost as far as the interactive medium itself. It's a frequently spotty history, with dark blemishes on titles as popular and well-known in the game world as "Super Mario Bros" and "Street Fighter." "Prince of Persia" has a shot to rise past it all; between the strong cast, accomplished director and mega-producer presiding over it all, we're talking about a serious summer tentpole that has the potential to turn around an entire sub-genre.

I spoke at length last week with David Hayter about the unique challenges facing filmmakers when they decide to bring a video game to the big screen. In addition to being an accomplished screenwriter ("X-Men," "X2: X-Men United") and voice actor (the "Metal Gear Solid" series), Hayter is also an avid gamer. That extensive cross-media experience gives him what you might call an evolved perspective on the realities of making game adaptation. Read More...

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"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" is arguably the biggest video game adaptation yet to come out of Hollywood. Between an all-star cast (Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton), a rock-solid director (Mike Newell) and one of the biggest producers on the planet (Jerry Bruckheimer), it's got a great chance for success in a sub-genre that has, to this point, been largely populated with mediocre-to-terrible offerings.

To help us cover the run-up to Friday's release, David Hayer has kindly made time in his busy schedule to serve as the guest editor this week on MTV Movies Blog. While he isn't directly involved with "Persia," Hayter is a unique figure in the industry for his memorable gigs in both the video game and film industries. Before penning scripts for "X-Men," "X2: X-Men United" and "Watchmen," Hayter was perhaps best-known for providing the iconic voice of "Metal Gear Solid" series star Solid Snake. With such extensive experience in both mediums, Hayter is the ideal person to commentate as the release of "Prince" approaches.

So please, everyone, welcome Hayter to the blog. I'll be running the first post from our lengthy, far-ranging interview last week later today.

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One of the more remarkable showings in the world of film last year was director Oren Peli's found-footage haunted house flick, "Paranormal Activity." Made on a budget of less than $15,000 and first screened for festival audiences in 2007, the movie bounced around in the back corridors of Hollywood before finally opening wide to record-breaking numbers last fall, after more than 1 million fans "Demanded It" in an unconventional grassroots Internet marketing campaign staged by Paramount.

As we enter 2010, Peli has a lot to look forward to. "Paranormal" is fresh out on DVD/Blu-ray and his sophomore effort, "Area 51," will presumably hit theaters. The director was kind enough to share some of his thoughts on the excitement of 2009 for us to bring to on MTV Movies Blog, so here they are...

To our "Paranormal Activity" fans,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your incredible support now that "Paranormal Activity" is out on DVD and Blu-ray.

As many of you know, the road to getting this movie distributed was long and challenging, to say the least. Looking back on everything, I can truly say that it was your passion and enthusiasm that made it all possible. Read More...

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Richard Kelly is the man. Not just because he'll be here all this week, posting as a guest editor for MTV Movies Blog. It helps, sure, but we're talking about the guy who made "Donnie Darko" here. And "Southland Tales." Isn't that enough? Not for Kelly it isn't. His latest brain-twisting tale, "The Box," hits theaters on November 6. And he has a dynamite week of content planned for y'all, so sit back and enjoy!

October 30, 2009

LORD LANGELLA

What do you do with an Oscar-nominated actor for his follow-up role? If you’re me – you convince him to remove half of his face. Read More...

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Richard Kelly is the man. Not just because he'll be here all this week, posting as a guest editor for MTV Movies Blog. It helps, sure, but we're talking about the guy who made "Donnie Darko" here. And "Southland Tales." Isn't that enough? Not for Kelly it isn't. His latest brain-twisting tale, "The Box," hits theaters on November 6. And he has a dynamite week of content planned for y'all, so sit back and enjoy!

October 30, 2009

PRINCE MARSDEN

Most people know James Marsden as Cyclops from the "X-Men" movies. This is obviously his most high profile role, and it certainly brought him a lot of great opportunities. But the bummer about playing Cyclops is that the audience can’t see your eyes.

There is only so much you can do with a role in which the windows to the soul remain covered for the duration of the film. Read More...

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Richard Kelly is the man. Not just because he'll be here all this week, posting as a guest editor for MTV Movies Blog. It helps, sure, but we're talking about the guy who made "Donnie Darko" here. And "Southland Tales." Isn't that enough? Not for Kelly it isn't. His latest brain-twisting tale, "The Box," hits theaters on November 6. And he has a dynamite week of content planned for y'all, so sit back and enjoy!

October 30, 2009

LADY DIAZ

I first met Cameron Diaz on the set of "Charlie’s Angels" in the spring of 2000. I was being escorted into Drew Barrymore’s trailer by her producing partner Nancy Juvonen – at the time, I was there to convince Drew to play the English teacher in my crazy little script called "Donnie Darko."

Cut to October of 2001, at the premiere for "Donnie Darko" at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles – guess who showed up? Cameron Diaz. Read More...

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Richard Kelly is the man. Not just because he'll be here all this week, posting as a guest editor for MTV Movies Blog. It helps, sure, but we're talking about the guy who made "Donnie Darko" here. And "Southland Tales." Isn't that enough? Not for Kelly it isn't. His latest brain-twisting tale, "The Box," hits theaters on November 6. And he has a dynamite week of content planned for y'all, so sit back and enjoy!

October 29, 2009

SKYWALKING TO SAN FRANCISCO

On Tuesday, I headed north . . . the good people of Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light & Magic hosted a screening of "The Box" an invited me to stay at the legendary Lucas ranch for the night and tour the facilities. Read More...

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It's the eternal dorm-room debate, the stuff of boozy smack-talking sessions and stony, less-than-coherent arguments: what's the scariest movie of all-time? It's a (sober) discussion we've been having at MTV News as Halloween sneaks up on us and a question we've been throwing out to folks in the film biz who truly know their fright-fest stuff.

When I had a chance to talk with Sam Raimi – he of the many righteous "Evil Dead" pictures – I had to get his thoughts on the matter. The first thing he told me was that the horror genre scares the crap out of him. "It's hard to sit through them," he confessed. "I really enjoy it when I'm in the middle of it, it's just hard to approach the theater." The second thing he said is that he loves them dearly. The third and fourth and fifth and sixth? Those scary movies he cherishes the most – and one he can't wait to see. Read More...

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: Halloween Week continues with yet another guest blog from one of the industry's most notable creators of horror comics. This time around, it's "30 Days of Night" co-creator Steve Niles, whose series "Criminal Macabre," "Freaks of the Heartland" and "Wake the Dead" (among others) are also currently in development as feature films. His sequel to "30 Days of Night," "Dark Days" is also currently in production.

I imagine for a lot of folks out there Halloween is a fun time, but not one of the bigger times of year. In my house, Halloween is right up there with all major holidays. I’d even go as far as to say I spend more in October than I do in December.

It’s the truth. I have a problem. My name is Steve Niles and I’m a horror addict. I’m also one lucky monster-kid. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Continue reading My Halloween Heroes: A Guest Blog By Steve Niles

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