Well done, you’ve almost made it through the entire week!! Things get easier from here on in.
All this week I have been looking at films that were birthed as games before they hit the big screen. I started by paying homage to a release in 1988 before descending on the 1990’s in all it’s neon technicolor gloriousness. From there I traveled through time, passed the millennium and all the way to a blue and spiky release in 2020. If you missed any of the action feel free to click back and see what happened here:
So, where to from here? Well, if you have seen any of the “Back to the Future” Films you know that after going to the past, the only logical destination next is the future, to stop Biff from becoming a Millionaire. With that in the back of mind I’m going to be looking at films that are penciled in to be released, post 2020, which fall under the game-to-film category that I’ve been writing about all week.
Let’s get this party started….
Monster Hunter (2021)
Paul W.S. Anderson is set to bring us another game-to-film with this CAPCOM installment. He’s already done “Mortal Kombat” (1995) and various “Resident Evil” (2002) films so you know that, even if the title didn’t give it away, you’ll be getting epic monsters and big battles. It wouldn’t be a Paul W.S. Anderson game-to-film though if he didn’t have his wife in the starring role, so expect to see Milla Jovovich too. Early reports and trailers are suggesting a large scale creature feature which will keep audiences entertained as human’s attempt to outfight and outwit some big-ass nasty abominations. The only downside is that it’s only a loose adaptation of the game; it features a team of Marines/Soldiers getting sent to an alternative universe where they are faced with monsters. This might not wash too well with fans of the game but time will tell.
There are plenty of trailers and teasers already on the web so hunt these monsters down if you want to see some more before it’s released some time in 2021.
Based on the Sony game by the same title, this film is due to star everybody’s (current) favourite neighborhood spider, Tom Holland (as Nathan Drake). Marky Mark Wahlberg is also due to appear as Drake’s friend and ally.
The game is a bit of an Indiana Jones kind of adventure game so there should be lots of high octane thrills and spills with Holland and the supporting cast being flung off mountains or swimming for the life through massive rivers in tropical locations.
Resident Evil (2021)
Hang on… wasn’t there a final chapter to ResEvil not so long ago in 2017? Well, yes there was. This is a reboot which is supposed to kind of work as an origin story too. The action is supposed to reflect the game, and take into account ‘some’ of the events that occurred in the first two films. More than that I can’t say… because frankly I don’t know at the moment. I know that Johannes Roberts is due to direct, but that could change. Wikipedia has some info on the writers and potential cast… but as it’s early days everything could yet change. One thing is for certain, Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson aren’t attached to this – like, at all. Maybe that means it will be truer to the game finally – just saying.
I can’t find out anything about this future 2K Games film, just that it’s penciled in to happen – and that maybe, possibly, potentially Eli Roth might have something to do with it (although, that could just be fan hype!). I would be really interested to see how this works out as the “Mad Max” (1979 – 2015) inspired bonkers of this game could make an absolutely brilliant and highly entertaining film. The game was visually stunning and any film could potentially do similar to what “Sin City” (2005) and “300” (2006) did with their visual effects.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022)
Really? It’s only just come out though. Expect more of the same in this follow up from the 2020 version of the Sega game-to-film. I couldn’t say at this point if the film will take place on Earth or on some distant existence, perhaps with Miles Two-Tails or Knuckles or one of the other Sonic friends in the franchise.
A film based on a tactical multiplayer first person shooter? What could go wrong? If you want to see an example, check out how “Doom” went from first person shooter to… to, not being a first person shooter for 99.99% of the film.
Detective Pikachu 2 (TBC)
The first film was a bit of a sleeping giant or hidden gem in a year packed full of big releases. It did a lot better than some reviewers thought it would do at the time. I guess then that it’s only natural that this gets a second outing to see if it can do just was well. There is a massive universe of untapped potential to go into, and because of it’s cartoon style there is a lot that can be done to make the film a fun adventure.
Five Nights at Freddy’s (TBC)
A bit of a weird game. You are a security guard in the night shift and you basically watch CCTV camera’s to survive the night. There are some animatronic puppets that come to life and have homicidal tendencies. It’s your job to stop that happening by keeping an eye on things. This sounds like it has the potential to be made into a fun slasher horror, similar to a “Child’s Play” (1988 or 2019).
Gears of War (TBC)
Based on the successful Microsoft Studios game, a film version (according to early reports) would be potentially set in an alternative universe so it didn’t interfere with the success that the games have garnered. There has been a lot of talk about making this into a movie over the years and from time to time different actors names are mentioned against the title. The last I heard was that Dave Bautista was a shoe-in for it. Will this game-to-film ever get passed the finishing line? Who knows. Will it be a success of a CGI monster? We’ll see I guess. I wouldn’t be surprised though if I didn’t see this materialize in the next 10 years.
Just Cause (TBC)
By Square Enix, this action adventure game puts the player in the middle of nowhere to overthrow a governing body. As such there are already loads of films like this, especially 80’s and 90’s action films. Despite that I’d be happy to watch a film based on the premise of the game, as long as it immersed my senses as much as the game managed to do. It’s still very early, so while I have seen reports that this game-to-film is being considered, there are absolutely no details to talk about at the moment.
Just Dance (TBC)
That’s right… apparently a dancing game has been considered as a “to film” adaption. This makes no sense to me whatsoever because the game didn’t exactly have that much of a plot. Be the best dancer, stop the evil dance troupe for being the best??? I am extremely dubious about this being made.
Mega Man (TBC)
Mega Man, or Rocket Man in the Japanese market is a game that had it’s heyday in the late 1980’s and 1990’s. A film version of the game has been on the cards for a while. First 20th Century Fox and CAPCOM were supposed to be doing it. Then Disney acquired 20th Century Fox’s assets. Then it was cancelled. Then it was started again. Then it was cancelled and it was considered for Netflix. Then it was CAPCOM and Chernin Entertainment taking the lead on it…. and apparently now it’s CAPCOM, Chernin Entertainment and Netflix in some random joint venture. Who knows anymore?!
Metal Gear Solid (TBC)
A famous Konami game that mixes action with espionage and a bit of stealth too. A film of this has been rumored for a long long time but this year it gained traction. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is due to direct and Oscar Isaac is set to play Solid Snake. This is probably the most positive rumor that I’ve read about a potential film of this title for a long time. The game is great and really gets players engrossed due to the tension in the stealth game play. I think a film of this could be a success if done correctly.
Just like “Angry Birds” got a film, or just like “Lego: The Movie” and “Lego Batman” got their own films, I can actually see a reality where Minecraft gets it’s own outing too. And you know what, I bet it’s hit too. Minecraft has been considered for a movie for a long time, there was a crowdfunded concept floating around the ether between 2012 and 2014 but that got shut down. Warner Bors. Pictures apparently had something which was going to be released in 2019 with a budget of around $150 million. That never saw the light of day. At the end of 2019 another report suggested that a Minecraft film would be out in 2020 but Covid-19 pushed that back to 2022. If you haven’t played the game, it’s a pixelated open-world game that lets you build and explore. It looks unique and is a little bit addictive. Who knows if this film will surface, but it’s got a huge following if it does so could be a big hit. The last thing I read before posting this was that a date of March 2022 had been agreed – but don’t write that down with permanent ink just yet eh 😉
Mortal Kombat (2021)
Been there, done that, wasn’t impressed. In which case, I hope that Simon McQuoid’s directorial debut film does better – all reports seem positive. Screenplay by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham, with the story being handled by Oren Uziel and Russo. I’ve read that they are pitching for an R-rating so they can get mortalities and fatalaities into it so good news there. Production started on this prior to the world being locked down due to Covid-19 so we might see this is a few years time. There is a decent cast already assembled and due to play some of the games loved characters. Ludi Jin as Liu Kang, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, Jash Lawson as Kano, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, and Elissa Cadwell as Nitara. One of my fears is that this Warner Brothers/ New Line Cinema film has been done before, twice, averagely at best… I hope that this one is better and not just a money maker.
According to reports, this should be out in cinemas and on HBO Max on April 16th, 2021.
Space Invaders (TBC)
Let’s be honest, if a film can be made about Angry Birds or over-sized creatures destroying a city (“Rampage”)… if a film can be made out of a board-game where the objective is to sink a battleship… then why the hell can’t a movie be made about one of the oldest and most familiar video games of all time. This Taito game is penciled in to be made into a film by Warner Bros Pictures – but beyond that, not a great deal is known.
Saints Row (TBC)
A THQ/Deep Silver, open-world, crime based game that some would argue is very much like GTA, but with a lot more random bonkers involved. To be fair, a lot of people compare different games to GTA so I only take that with a pinch of salt. I’ve played Saints Row so I know what the mean – it is open world, and yes you do get to kill people and drive cars.
Hopefully this doesn’t go down the same path as Uwe Boll’s “Postal” did or a lot of people will be seriously unhappy. It’s one thing having a random game, its another to make a bat-sh1t crazy film out of that randomness and upsetting a loyal fan base.
This is another ‘penciled in’ film that has Greg Russo attached to the screenplay, but this time with F. Gary Gray set to direct.
Tomb Raider 2 (TBC)
This one should come as no surprise to you. With the success that a re-booted Tomb Raider film brought, with Alicia Vikander in the lead role, it was obvious that a follow up wouldn’t be too far behind. Filming for this one is supposed to start in England, sometime in 2020 – but with the global Covid-19 pandemic that date got pushed back 2021. Fingers crossed that the pandemic is sorted out because there seems to be a lot of good things written about this film, in particularly how the new film will try to embrace more supernatural elements and tones that gamers have connected with over the years playing the series.
Werewolves Within (TBC)
This Ubisoft game which uses virtual reality features is set to be adapted into a horror comedy film with director Josh Ruben at the helm. The game sees players try to guess which of them is a werewolf in disguise – simple right?
The screenplay for this was written by (no pun intended) Mishna Wolff. There’s already a cast of actors attached to this and principle photography started in February 2020 – but again, with Covid-19 that got pushed back and since then very little info has crept out about this film.
Sega is apparently developing a live-action adaption with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content. Producers and writers are already attached and working on something. What though, I cant say. The first game saw the gamers character being released from prison after taking the blame for a crime he didn’t commit. He then reenters the underground of crime to track down $100 million which was stolen from his former clan.
For real! Why? How? What? Don’t know, don’t ask.
Tom Clancy’s The Division (TBC)
It was revealed at the 2019 E3 event that Ubisoft and Netflix are working on this one. This isn’t the first time a Tom Clancy title has been adapted, but it’s been from novels to film, or from games into short films to accompany the games they’re with, so it will be interesting to see how this goes. So far though Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are set to star with David Leitch (“Deadpool 2”) set to to direct. I doubt those names would have been firmly mentioned as connected if this was a no-go. Personally I don’t find a lot of the Tom Clancy games that thrilling, but they do have a wide appeal still so this could be interesting.
This post bring marks day 6 of looking at games that have been turned into films. This nostalgic odyssey has worked it’s way from the 1990’s, through to the present time, and with this post, I’ve gone into the future too. I hope you have enjoyed the journey, and I’d love to hear what you thought about the films, or even what I thought about them too. Let me know in the comments section if you have anything to say. For now though, thanks for reading this and so long for now.
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