Crowd-sourced funding has become almost ubiquitous in the world of gaming, with many independent game developers and fledgling companies trying to secure fan dollars for their projects. While we have reported extensively on the more successful projects such as Wasteland 2 and Shadowrun Returns, there are countless others that fly right under the radar. One project, which isn’t a game but is gaming-related, has us particularly interested. If you are a fan of Fallout: New Vegas and remember the bloothirsty antagonist Legate Lanius, there is a new film in development that might pique your interest. With your support, it may just come to fruition.
The film project, which is seeking funding through Indiegogo, is to be called Fallout: Lanius. It focuses mainly on the titular general, whose lust for power and carnage provided some of the key moments in Fallout: New Vegas. As the leader of the aggressive, Romanesque army called Caesar’s Legion, his main goal was to conquer all of New Vegas and enslave thousands. Your actions in the game and which faction you sided with played a big part in how the story played out for Lanius, which is likely something that the writers of Fallout: Lanius will take into consideration. How well-served fans will be remains to be seen, however those who want a more fleshed out backstory for Lanius should find something interesting (and possibly worth supporting) here.
Australian director Wade K. Savage stresses that Fallout: Lanius will not be just another “not for profit” fan-fiction movie, but rather a full cinematic experience. The team behind the film consists of writers, producers, special effects artists and graphic designers, and their goal is to make a quality film that does justice to the source material. Concept art, character models and voice talent has already been sourced, so the team is now hoping that crowd funding will give them a boost. The Indiegogo funding goal is $10,000, which is fairly modest by filmmaking standards. The amount currently raised is just over $1,000 at the time of the writing, with the final deadline being December 3, 2012.
The official development trailer, which gives more insight from director Savage, can be viewed below.