Well, films can derive their basic premise from some very obscure sources. I was frankly shocked for instance when in 1999 the Bbc here in Britain made the comparatively unknown, though well loved by it's fans Gormenghast into a tv miniseries.
it was never a book I thought could! have made a decent convertion to screen, owing to the fact that it's perhaps the only novel I know where the characters and plot are a distant second place to how the book is written, and the fantastic schetches of the characters.
Yet, despite it being a less than suiteable source, and being comparatively unknown, it was made into a successful miniseries by the bbc, which has had video and dvd releases up to this point today.
I've noticed myself that films are becoming more and more generic these days, in fact from hollywood the closest thing we've seen to a half decent scifi film for years (accepting the startrek film), have been a series of one dimentional super hero films which all seem to have broardly speaking the same characters and where the big budgit affects take second place to the plot or interest in the setting, or a huge range of fantasy films that try to recreate what lord of the rings did (I was appauled when the fantastically character driven and wonderfully realized series Avatar the last air bender was turned into a film that was so completely repellent).
so, the scifi genre really could do with a boost, and if Turrican could provide that I'd be more pleased than ever.
for those who've heard of turrican, it will be great, but for everyone else, as has been said, it'll just make a great scifi film.
the only snag as Cjo said is budgit, but if you can contact the right people in the industry this can work itself out.
As to connections betwene the games, well the premise I'm using in my novella and what i always assumed, was that the original turrican took place in the comparatively near future. The hero was himself called Turrican, and destroyed Morgul's invading forces, ending by blowing up his base on the evil moon.
turrican 2 takes place a great deal longer in the future, in 3025, and I've always assumed myself that just as today we have weapons named after great military heroes, like the sherman tanks named for the american general, and the Hercules missiles named after the griek hero, so that the Turrican suit was named after the hero Turrican who destroyed morgul.
Wikipedia's turrican entry has a really weerd plot for Morgul's origins, with morgul being a bio mechanical computer controlling a space colony that rebelled against humans and instead of terraforming the colony, created lots of mutant creatures to serve it, ---- though where this plot comes from goodness nows sinse nothing like it appears in the instructions or indeed the game.
this actually makes me want to get back to my novella, even if writing the 1000 years of galactic history that happen betwene Turrican's defeat of Morgul and Mcguires confrontation with the machine was getting to be quite a monumental task.
Either way, good luck with the film, not only would a Turrican film be fantastic in it's own right, but also we really need to get scifi back into Hollywood I think.