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22 January 2011 @ 11:48 am
WTF is Red Faction?  
Okay the press releases have come out and Gareth is currently in Bulgaria Filming a SyFy movie called "RED FACTION:ORIGINS".

Crave Online
Jan 20, 2011
Ten years after the first "Red Faction" video game, the series is about to make the leap to television.

SyFy and THQ have announced that "Red Faction: Origins" will begin production in Bulgaria this week with a cast led by Brian J. Smith ("Stargate Universe") and genre legend Robert Patrick ("Terminator 2," "The X-Files").

"Red Faction: Origins" takes place twenty five years after the third game, "Red Faction Guerrilla" saw the Red Faction overthrow the Earth Defense Force and win freedom for the Martian Colonies. Patrick will portray the hero of "Red Faction Guerrilla," Alec Mason who has become a broken man since the murder of his wife and the abduction of his daughter Lyra (Tamzin Merchant).

During the story, Alec's son, Jake (Smith) becomes an officer in the Red Faction Militia and learns that his sister survived her captivity and that she has become a sworn enemy of the Martian Colonies. Jake's mission is to save his planet and his family, if he can.

Several other genre veterans have also signed on to appear in the film, including Kate Vernon ("Battlestar Galactica"), Gareth David-Lloyd ("Torchwood") and Devon Graye ("Dexter") as well as Tamzin Merchant ("The Tudors") and Danielle Nicolet ("The Starter Wife").

Michael Nankin ("Battlestar Galactica") is attached to direct the film from a script by Andrew Kreisberg ("Warehouse 13").

According to SyFy, "Red Faction: Origins" is expected to debut on the channel in May to coincide with the release of "Red Faction: Armageddon" on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

If "Red Faction: Origins" attracts a large audience, it may lead to further "Red Faction" TV movies or possibly even a TV series.

So, this is the cast and character list as we know it so far.
Robert Patrick - Alec Mason
Brian J. Smith - Jake Mason
Tamzin Merchant - Lyra Mason
Kate Vernon - ?
Gareth David-Lloyd - ?
Devon Graye - ?
Danielle Nicolet - ?

Director - Michael Nankin
Story Idea - Paul De Meo
Screenplay - Andrew Kreisberg

For you Sentinel Fans, Danny Bilson is THQ's executive vice president of core games, and somewhat of the 'public face' of the company. And Paul De Meo is THQ's Director of Fiction Development.

I don't play video games, (though if I had the time and money I wouldn't mind spending a few hours shooting at bad guys, sounds very therapeutic) and the summary given in the press releases didn't give me much information. Now since we don't know yet what part Gareth plays, this still doesn't tell us much about his part, but these are the plots of the games.

From Wikipedia

Red Faction - Plot
Red Faction takes place on Mars in the year 2075. The protagonist, Parker, is a miner who came to Mars seeking a better life away from Earth. Instead, he finds that the Ultor Corporation abuses the workers and forces them to endure hazardous living conditions. A plague of an unknown origin sweeps through the colony, but Ultor does nothing to halt its propagation or to provide for the sick.

The story begins with Parker witnessing another miner being brutally killed by an Ultor guard. Parker decides to fight back by aiding the mysterious rebellion called “Red Faction”. As the story progresses, Parker, aided by a rebellious Ultor technician named Hendrix, and the leader of the rebellion, Eos, wreaks havoc on Ultor’s installations and learns more about the mysterious Plague.

Parker is eventually led to the lair of Dr. Capek, a deranged scientist who has developed mutants, nano-technology (developed more fully in Red Faction II), and the Plague itself. Parker chases Capek through his underground complex and Parker eventually traps Capek in "Capeks laboratory." Parker destroys Capek's "nanoshield" and in Capek's final moments, Eos bursts in telling Parker not to kill Capek. Capek reveals to Eos that there is a cure to the plague, and subsequently dies. Ultor calls in a band of mercenaries led by Col. Masako to stop Parker, Eos and the rest of Red Faction. After numerous events, including Parker's abduction of a high-level Ultor worker, Hendrix is killed by the mercenaries for being a traitor and helping the Red Faction.

For the finale, Parker fights his way through the mercenaries to confront Masako. After a long battle, Parker kills her and finds Eos tied down next to a bomb about to detonate. Parker quickly defuses the bomb and frees Eos. A cutscene shows the Earth Defense Force come to the rescue to stop Ultor’s oppression and help cure the Plague. Eos declares Parker a hero as the game ends.

Red Faction II - Plot
Red Faction II takes place on Earth in the year 2083. The protagonist, Alias, is a genetically enhanced super soldier formerly employed by the Ultor Corporation. Nanotechnology developed by Dr. Capek (see Red Faction) has fallen into the hands of the EDF (who is now associated with Ultor) and many other terrorist groups. A dictatorship, “The Commonwealth,” has employed Alias to retrieve nanotechnology and other data.

Eventually the research is claimed for Victor Sopot, leader of the Commonwealth as well as the first antagonist of the game. As Sopot’s soldiers become more enhanced due to the recovered technology, the more he fears them. Sopot sends lessened troops to stop all remaining nanotech soldiers (including Alias). Alias allies with other soldiers who call themselves “The Squad”.

The Squad quickly fights off the Commonwealth and kills Sopot. As they return to the new Red Faction base, it is revealed that the Squad’s leader, Molov (as well as other squad members Quill and Repta), who is now the game's second antagonist, has turned on them and now assumes control of the Commonwealth. Molov is attacked by another Squad member, Tangier, which allows all remaining Squad members (Alias, and a Red Faction member, Echo) a chance to escape.

As the game continues, Alias fights alongside Red Faction members (including Echo, who is killed by Quill), and eventually hunts and kills Quill after she kills Echo. Alias then has his last Battle with the Primary enemy of the Red Faction on the docks before heading into a Sub with Tangier to head underneath of the Statue of Sopot. Alias proceeds to a Commonwealth nanotech laboratory where he fights off hordes of processed civilians as well as their new friends, the processed military soldiers. After multiple battles with the processed, he encounters Repta in a dangerous nanotech electro-chamber. After that, he eventually triggers an explosion to cause Repta to fall into the bottomless pit. Alias continues on and is told by Tangier to blow 3 containers. After that is finished, he meets a processed version of an old enemy, the nanotech enhanced Elite Guards. After fighting the processed version of Sopot Elite Guards/Leaders, he encounters a processed version of Repta (dubbed Repta+). He kills Repta+ and heads completely into the statue, which is unstable from the destruction of the nanolabs. Molov, the last remaining enemy, retreats to the top of Victor Sopot's statue, which is guarded by an army of both nano-military soldiers and Elite Guards. He attempts to flee from the statue with the nano-cell. Tangier is in pursuit of him while he is trying to defend himself with his army of processed soldiers and with his railgun against the two.

Shrike is seen with a new gunship and then betrays Molov, saying "Remember Molov, if we fight, then we finish them". Tangier manages to reclaim the nanotech cell from Molov's possession and escapes to the observation deck.

For the finale, Alias battles Molov on foot while Molov is in his battle armor with the help of Shrike and his new self-controlled gunship. He destroys his battle armor and they both fight each other in a gun-to-gun battle. After a long fight, Molov is defeated as the observation deck begins to collapse. Shrike, now loyal to The Squad again, saves Alias from the crumbling statue. Depending on the player’s “Heroic” rating, the plot has four separate endings.

Red Faction: Guerilla
Red Faction: Guerrilla takes place in 2125. The Earth Defense Force (EDF), the allies in the original "Red Faction", has become the main antagonist of Guerrilla. Earth's natural resources have run scarce, and as a result, its global economy has collapsed from rampant speculation of commodities and lack of production. Under pressure by Earth's corporations and leaders to acquire the resources of Mars at any cost and at a pace to meet Earth's high demand, the EDF has forced Martian society into a permanent state of unfree labour. The newly-reformed "Red Faction" arises to rebel against the EDF, drive them off the planet, and begin fairer negotiations with Earth.

Alec Mason, the player character and a mining engineer [7], arrives on Mars to reunite with brother Daniel and begin a new life, only to learn to his surprise that Daniel is now a member of Red Faction. While on work detail, Daniel testifies about the EDF's cruelty to the Martian people and asks Alec to join their cause; he is soon after gunned down by an EDF gunship looking for him. Upon returning to find his housing and possessions seized by the EDF, Alec is convicted of being Red Faction. The commander of the EDF squad orders Alec shot, but Alec is then rescued by Red Faction guerrillas. He becomes a reluctant freedom fighter for the group alongside inventor "Sam" Samanya, rambling eccentric Jenkins (who believes that Mars should be "purified"), and commander Hugo Davies. Between Davies' command and Alec's skill and bravery, the EDF are quickly driven out of an entire sector, "Parker", for the first time.

While the campaign against the EDF continues in the "Dust" sector, Alec is eventually assigned by Davies to routine surveillance of the "Marauders", a mysterious and violent warrior tribe living in the inhospitable "Badlands", in hopes of recovering stolen weapons. Instead, Alec winds up tracking them to an abandoned Ultor Corporation base that promptly comes under massive assault from the EDF. During the fracas, Alec steals a strange device called the "Nano Forge" and escapes. The EDF responds by pulling out of the Dust Sector and ordering the artillery base in the "Free Fire Zone" to bomb the town of Dust into oblivion. Alec is then tasked with saving key members of red faction and vital information on the EDF from the bombardment, which he succeeds in doing.

Sam analyzes the Nano Forge and discovers it can create catastrophic nanites that can disintegrate any object. A prototype "Nano Rifle" is built from the device, which Alec uses to liberate other sectors, while Davies declares it a vital bargaining chip against the EDF. A successful suicide run against an EDF artillery base is commenced, allowing the group to begin hostilities against the EDF in their own central territories. Unfortunately, the EDF chooses this moment to launch an all-out assault on the Red Faction, resulting in the annihilation of the Red Faction's command center and the death of Davies. Only Sam, Alec and a handful of other rebels survive the assault; they learn afterward that the star ship Hydra under the command of Admiral Kobel is arriving to Mars to put an end to the Red Faction once and for all. They also plan to elminate all life on the planet, as said by Kobel himself, calling the civilians "Expendable".

Sam declares that they will need support from the Marauders if the campaign against the EDF is to continue; when Alec remains dubious, she reveals that she is a former Marauder herself, joining the Red Faction because marauders were consumed with anger and hate, and did not want to be a part of the lifestyle they endure. The pair head to a Marauder stronghold to meet with their ruler, Vasha, Sam's sister. Sam requests the usage of the Marauders' particle accelerator technology, with plans on combining it with the Nano Forge to create a superweapon capable of destroying the Hydra. Vasha agrees in exchange for possession of the Nano Forge once the war is finished. While inside the Marauder stronghold, the player can also discover a "radio tag" found on an old corpse that implies the Marauders are the descendants of former Ultor Corporation scientists.

After capturing a broadcasting station and using it to regroup the Red Faction, Sam and Alec lead a successful final assault on the EDF's central command alongside teams of Red Faction and the Marauders, driving the EDF out of their own territory. The two groups converge on Mt. Vogel to begin utilizing the Marauder's accelerator; however, a surprise EDF blitzkrieg lead by a General Roth wipes out the Marauder crew guarding the summit end of the accelerator and Vasha along with them. Alec singlehandedly storms the mountain, defeating Roth's entire army and personally killing Roth. Sam's plan succeeds and the accelerated Nano Forge is successful in vaporizing the Hydra in space. As the surviving people of Mars celebrate, Sam says the war is over, but Alec knows that the EDF will come back. While Sam says that will be awhile, Alec responds with "We'll be ready for 'em". Alec and Sam approach the crowds of civilians who cheer for them, and Alec raises his sledgehammer in the air, showing the sign of the Red Faction and their long-waited victory.

Red Faction: Origins (SyFy Movie with posibillity to be a series)
Twenty five years have passed since Alec Mason led the Martian Colonies to freedom...and ten years since vengeful enemies killed his wife, kidnapped his daughter Lyra, and left a broken hero in their wake.

Jake Mason, Alec's last surviving son and a ranger in the Red Faction Militia, had never abandoned hope that somewhere in the raw outlands of Mars, his sister was still alive. Now, just as a powerful new enemy swarms across the planet, he's found her, only to learn that his long lost sister is one of them...a cold blooded soldier sworn to destroy the Red Faction and conquer the planet in the name of a madman.

Jake must now battle the relentless regime and somehow reunite a family torn apart by war.

This is to tie in with the May 2011 release of the Game Red Faction: Armageddon, no plot is yet available for that game.

Gareth's Official Website

Red Faction
Gareth is to appear in Red Faction: Origins, a two hour movie for Syfy based on the popular Red Faction video games. Production begins in Bulgaria this week and the movie is due to air in May 2011. Robert Patrick (Terminator 2) stars as Alex Mason.

The movie follows the children of rebel hero Mason and is set during a period between the 'Red Faction Guerrilla' and 'Red Faction Armageddon' video games, the latter of which is also scheduled for release in May 2011.

I just hope Gareth has a large part (ignore the innuendo), and doesn't die. I wonder if he'll have a different accent? I've sort of heard him do an American accent when he was doing Jack in the audio book "The Sin Eaters" and I thought it was pretty good. But that was an imitation of John, rather than actually doing the accent himself, which I imagine would be different. Then again, it's Mars, so there is probably more than one accent on the planet.

In other Gareth news, Blue Gillespie is writing a theme album based on the poem "The Seven Ages of Man" by William Shakespeare. And they say Gareth won't be gone long.
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