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access_time January 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM in Features by Ryan Bates

Casting Call: Maniac Mansion

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It’s never too early to start thinking about the next big summer blockbuster, and as you know video games are often times a source of inspirational material for John and Jane Screenwriter. Historically, this is not a good thing. For every one Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, there’s a Wing Commander, Postal, Super Mario Bros., and (brace yourselves) Alone in the Dark.

Nobody can say that GotGame hasn’t done our part to curb this horrifying trend of sh*tty video game-inspired movies. We’ve presented Top X Lists on video games that should be movies, movies that should be video games, and we’ve even gone so far as to cast actors in the roles of Final Fantasy VI, doing the work for Hollywood. We’re about to do it one more time, so all you “industry” types, take note. (Except for you, Uwe Boll. You just go somewhere and never touch a camera again.)

This particular movie featured in this version of “Casting Call” would start, as one might expect, by revisiting events that took place twenty years ago today…

Twenty Years Ago Today


Augmenting the original storyline from the game, the movie adaptation of Maniac Mansion would take place in modern-day times during the weekend of a 20-year high school reunion for a school set in the outskirts of Santa Cruz, California. Beyond the meteor crash that was never explained twenty years ago, Aptos, California was Suburbia, U.S.A. Run-of-the-mill, average… there was that unexplained rash of pet disappearances… y’know, cats, bunnies, hamsters, but other than that common living, which is why many people who graduate from Aptos High School leave as quickly as they can.

High-school sweethearts Dave Miller and Sandy Pantz are taking a break from the stresses of wedding planning to return to Aptos for the reunion, after having rediscovered each other five years ago thanks to Facebook. It’s a much-needed break, as the low-key Dave and the somewhat-high-maintenance Sandy have been bickering a lot more than usual, and both see it as an opportunity to reconnect with friends and loved ones, and less time at each other’s throats.

During a night out, Dave and Sandy notice that the creepy old mansion that stood on the outskirts of the outskirts of Aptos still stands, looking creepy and mysterious as usual. Dave says he never went near it, and Sandy says that although she hasn’t either, she’s always been curious, and Dave needs more adventure in his life. At the reunion, the fighting continues, with Sandy making a scene and storming off. Dave blows it off, proceeding to get drunk with friends Bernard, Wendy, and Michael, while watching a performance from local heroes Razor & The Scummettes.

Dave receives a voicemail from Sandy daring him to “grow a pair” and meet her on the porch of the old Edison Mansion if he really cares about her, but the voicemail is cut off as she shrieks. So of course, Dave and his friends head to the mansion, where they discover the mansion is not as uninhabited as it seems, nor are all those inhabitants as human as one might hope.


Click through to find out who made the casting call for Maniac Mansion.



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