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EA reportedly developing ‘Madden Curse’ movie

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Curses!

It broke Michael Vick's leg, busted Daunte Culpepper's knee and tweaked Shaun Alexander's foot. Its next victim?

Moviegoers.

According to a report on Hollywood insider site The Wrap, EA is planning to make a film based on the Madden Curse, the supposed jinx that wreaks havoc with the careers of athletes lucky (or unlucky) enough to appear on the cover of EA's vaunted football franchise. The Wrap describes the film as a "sports comedy" about "a former Madden video game champion who is forced out of retirement just as he finds himself on the corner of the game's cover -- and subject to the curse."

Um, that's not exactly how the curse works -- it affects football players, not gamers -- but why nitpick? Chances are they'll make it work by tying it to ESPN's Madden Nation reality series, which follows expert Madden players around the country vying for a $100,000 prize. More than anything, I'm just shocked EA is willing to admit the curse exists, as that
can't be good for securing future cover boys.

Besides, it's not like EA has been particularly tight when it comes to turning its franchises into movies. EA games like Mass Effect, Dead Space, and Army of Two have been shopped around as potential films, and producer John Davis is currently moving forward with a film based on -- gulp -- The Sims.

And that's just the start of it. The Madden Curse movie joins a growing list of bizarre upcoming game films, including big-screen adaptations based on plot-less oldies like classic shooter Space Invaders, interstellar rock-blaster Asteroids, and even quirky trackball hit Missile Command.

No word on any actors or directors yet, though apparently the project is being headed up by EA Entertainment VP Pat O'Brien. We'll keep a close eye on him over the next few weeks; should he go down with a shoulder sprain or something, consider this puppy greenlit.

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