Something strange happened the other week. Fergle Gibson, writer and director of Payne & Redemption – the highly anticipated Max Payne inspired fan film – announced a AMA-session about Payne & Redemption on his Twitter account. Why is this strange you say? For starters, Gibson’s Twitter account has not been updated since late 2012. Secondly, Payne & Redemption was long presumed dead because of this silence.
For those that need a short history lesson, Payne & Redemption was a fan film inspired by the characters and events of the Max Payne universe. The project had high production values and even had some movie industry veterans (that worked on high grossing Hollywood productions in the past) attached to it. This led many to believe the project was an official movie adaptation of the game franchise. Payne & Redemption gained immense popularity and its trailers went viral. Ever since its announcement in 2006, the project had to deal with many difficulties during development. For example, FOX ordered a cease and desist around the time of the Max Payne movie, and thus the script had to be altered and scenes had to be re-shot to avoid copyright infringement. Funding of the project became increasingly difficult as well. The movie was shot on a format that was very costly to transfer. Unfortunately, even some crowdfunding campaigns could not help Fergle in getting the funds he needed to finish the film.
After I noticed the AMA-session Twitter post, my mind was filled with questions and I immediately got back in contact with Mr. Gibson. Fergle agreed to answer all of my questions in an upcoming interview but for now all he could say was: Payne & Redemption is BACK!
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