Hollywood Is Really Thinking About Making Many Videogame-Inspired Movies (24 pics)

Posted in INTERESTING       20 Nov 2018       3404       GALLERY VIEW

Altered Beast

This 1988 beat-em-up about a Roman centurion in ancient Greece, who can turn into animals with power ups, has been rumoured since 2016.

Borderlands

Going into development in 2015, this project is backed by Lionsgate, and will be produced by Avi Arad (known for his work with the Marvel properties), as well as his son Ari. If it happens, it’ll be in good hands.

Call of Duty

Activision Blizzard Studios (the film/tv production arm of the gaming studio) is close to bringing this to life. They’ve got the director of Sicario: Day of the Soldado in negotiations and hope to make this into a expanded-universe-type of franchise.

Carmen Sandiego

This one is just about the closest to being practically done. Netflix has commissioned both an animated TV series and a film, starring Gina Rodrigues as the sneaky thief. The premiere date is TBD, as with most Netflix Originals.

Centipede/Missle Command

Both of these 80’s Atari games are getting adapted into feature films. Unfortunately, there are no details on how they’ll actually translate these into films. Your guess is as good as mine.

Contra

Thirty years after we first fell in love with this game on NES, Konami’s partnered with a Chinese production company to make a film adaptation. So far, the film plans to follow the game’s plot, but there’s no info on cast, director or release date.

Dante’s Inferno

Back in 2013, director Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe & The Girl in the Spider’s Web announced that he was helping to bring this game to the big screen. As of 2016, he still insists that he’s working on it. We’ll see.

Duke Nukem

This one’s been a long time coming, but it’s apparently close to becoming a real thing. WWE star John Cena is in talks to lead the film, with an R rating. I can see this working.

Five Nights at Freddy’s

This adaptation has Chris Columbus and Blumhouse Studios behind it, with a screenplay written by the game’s creator, so it ought to be good.

Recently, the approved screenplay was pulled from the studio for some retooling, so we know that there’s some care involved in ensuring that this movie kicks ass.

Gears of War

Half Life

A Half Life movie was announced by the developers in 2013, and it’s sort of been chilling in development hell since then. In 2016, J.J. Abrams gave an update that he and Bad Robot would be producing, but nothing since then.

The Last of Us

According to Screen Gems (the company that brought the Resident Evil franchise to the screen), this movie’s on their production slate. Sam Raimi is on board to produce, and the screenplay is being written by the guy who wrote the Uncharted series.

Except, as of 2016, the adaptation’s been in development hell as the studio and the writer are having creative disagreements.

Mega Man

Announced just last month, 20th Century Fox is looking to make this property their first foray into video game movies. So far, there’s no other details to be had.

Metal Gear Solid

There’s no timeframe for this adaptation, but it’s been in the works for a while and they keep on saying that it’s happening. It’s being written by the same guys that did Kong: Skull Island, Jurassic World & Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, so maybe it’s close?

Minecraft

A movie version of this super popular game has been rumoured for some time, with Shawn Levy or one of the co-creators of It’s Always Sunny as the director. No one’s sure.

They’re also not sure if it’ll be live action or CGI, and Warner Bros. hasn’t offered any new updates on the project lately.

Monster Hunter

This one’s the closest to being done, as it’s actively filming with Mila Jovovich in the lead role. Given that it’s being directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who brought Resident Evil to life, it might actually be decent.

Mortal Kombat

A reboot of this franchise is on it’s way, with director Simon McQuoid signing on, and will take some cues from the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series. There’s also a rumour that Christopher Lambert will be back to reboot his Raiden character.

Portal

This movie seems like a no-brainer, and J.J. Abrams is the man who wants to bring it to life. The last details we ever got was back in 2016, but he still insists that it’s on his slate to make happen in the future.

Rainbow Six

Tom Clancy’s had a pretty good run at the box office with his novel adaptations, so this game should translate well to the screen. It’s got some decent writing pedigree with the guys who wrote MI: Ghost Protocol, and it’s backed by Paramount, so it could actually be a lucrative franchise.

Resident Evil Reboot

This just seem unnecessary, but Hollywood’s gonna Hollywood. James Wan (Saw, Aquaman) is set to produce a reboot that will follow the storyline from the games more closely than the first ones we got.

So far, six films have been planned in the new franchise.

Shinobi

This game was huge when I was a kid, and now it’s up for a big screen adaptation. Produced by the same guys that did Wanted, we might actually get to see this ninja game turn into a franchise.

Splinter Cell

Ubisoft’s been working on this film for some time, with Tom Hardy in talks for the lead role. For a while, Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity) was supposed to direct, but he dropped out. A new director is currently being sought.

Super Mario Bros.

This one is officially a go! Nintendo and Illumination Studios (the guys behind the Minions & Shrek) are putting this into production as an animated movie. There’s no other details available yet, other than a targeted 2022 release date.

Uncharted

We haven’t heard anything about this one lately, but no news is good news, I guess. Tom Holland is still set to star as a younger Nathan Drake and the movie might be an origin tale.

Guess we’ll wait and see how this plays out.



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