The 2007 piece focused on one man’s dedication to his persona in “Second Life.” In real life, Ric Hoogestraat was a married 53-year-old suffering from serious health problems. But in “Second Life,” he’s a handsome, muscular Johnny Depp type — and he’s married to a slim redhead who isn’t his wife. His dedication to his online persona was destroying his real life and his marriage, and his wife feared that he would wake up and realize he traded reality for pixels.
Verbinski doesn’t plan to adapt the article as a biopic of this particular player, but plans to use it as a basis for a story about detrimental role-playing. It’s a move towards the quiet and dramatic for the director, who’s known for big budget spectacles.
Stories like these can be rather detrimental to role-players, who happily function just fine with their “World of Warcraft” and “Second Life” accounts. Nevertheless, if you find yourself squirming at this story, lock up your avatars and elves. We don’t want you to end up in the Wall Street Journal or on the big screen next.
MTV readers, are you interested in seeing Verbinski tackle a role-playing drama? Or are you sick of waiting for “Bioshock” and “Pirates 4”?