Heck, they had little confidence with it to begin with.
The game's creator TOMONOBU ITAGAKI, didn't approve of the script, the casting, or the funds the studio received to film it(was he expecting Titanic-sized funds for this?
)and refused to back the project. Out of all his cast ideas, only Kane Kosugi made the final cut. Jessica Biel had a prior engagement, Kristanna Loken was in contract limbo with Universal, and an unknown hawaiian asian actress he chose specifically to play Ayane, didn't pass the audition, so Natasshia Malthe got the part.
Devon Aoki was chosen afterwards when the actress set to play Kasumi, I forgot her name but she's chinese
, could'nt do it because of schedule issues.
To make things worse, there wasn't much money left for advertising, and it came out at a very congested time, so the studio didn't do any mass advertising.
It's believed that if there's enough made form the film, it'd get a "Special Edition" relase sometime this years, with some uncut, re-filmed, and extra footage included.
Rough times for DOA, huh?
So - what videogame inspired movies have you guys seen and what do you think about them?