Video game-based films and TV shows have long been the subject of moviegoer and gamer ire. And rightly so.
“Directors” like Uwe Boll make it even easier to look at these adaptations as a joke at best, or a DVD-shaped coaster at worst. Movies like House Of The Dead, Super Mario Brothers, Bloodrayne, Street Fighter, and Doom are all terrible movies and have done a thorough job of coloring the way we see video game films. But there is another group of films that once held such low regard.
Comic book movies.
Look at the box office stinkers and TV set tormentors that were the original Captain America, Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD, The Flash TV series, Superman III and Superman IV, or Batman and Robin. It make sense that everyone was surprised when the original X-Men film didn’t suck.
That’s where it started. There have been bombs since (Green Lantern anyone?) but most of the comic book adaptations have been very good since.
Video games are the next logical step for entertainment inspiration. Summer already belongs to the nerds. If you doubt it, look at the big summer releases this year, last year, and next year. Yep, all comic book or sci-fi/fantasy films.
What about TV? Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. Seeing a pattern?
The best part about it is that video games have already started their renaissance. Compare the video game movies of the 90s to the modern likes of the Silent Hill and Resident Evil franchises. Not yet on par with their comic book brethren but a step in the right direction.
So what upcoming video game movies and series will push them over the edge?
1) Assassin’s Creed
This is a game series that needs little introduction. It deals with genetic memory, assassinations, history and secret societies. While the gameplay is fun, the story is my favorite part of the series. Add Michael Fassbender to the mix, as he is signed to star in the film, and we have potential box office gold.
Warcraft has been one of the most popular game series for 20 years and the release of World of Warcraft in 2004, brought the franchise into the limelight. The series has a rich lore to dive into, with hundreds of stories to tell and directions to go. With a star studded cast and an epic fantasy feel, this film is poised to launch a strong franchise in a similar vein to Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.
Halo. At one time the most popular game franchise on the planet. This film project has gone through production hell and is now on track to be released exclusively on Xbox One, produced by none other than Steven Spielberg. At this point, the question isn’t a matter of how successful the show will be but when it will happen.
4) The Last of Us
If you missed this game last year, I wonder what rock you were hiding under. It quickly became the best reviewed game of the year. In fact, it received more than 200 Game of the Year awards. It also happens to be a zombie story, of sorts. Kind of like that really popular show on AMC I referenced above. This one is sure to get zombie-philes excited.
5) Tomb Raider
Yes. A new Tomb Raider series is in development. And I couldn’t be more excited. Considering how amazing the latest Tomb Raider game was–I hope the girl who did the voice and motion capture for Lara in the game, takes on the role in the film–and that Marti Noxon of Buffy The Vampire Slayer fame is working on the script… Well, need I say more?
Uncharted and Watch Dogs are also in early development stages and could become very good films. Uncharted, particularly. Nathan Drake could very well be the next Indiana Jones.
What video game adaptations are you excited for? Sound off below.