Right from the time, Super Mario Bros. movie released in 1993, video game based movies were supposedly always going to be box office failures and critical debacles. During the last 25 years, scores of video game films were nothing, but, fests of poor acting, clumsy action scenes, hazy plotlines, incapable directing and incessant mockery. You can take a look at the Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil movie sequel for that or the movies by Uwe Boll.
But, things are no longer the same as the recent monster film Rampage (based on an iconic arcade game from the 1980s) proved. It earned more than thrice its cost and was a decent popcorn action movie. Rampage’s and other video game inspired movies such as Ready Player One and the hype surrounding WreckItRalphhas given confidence to the studios and the game makers to go ahead and turn more video games into films.
There are a lot of video game movies in development already. Some of them have been rotting in development hell for years, whereas others have recently got going. Let’s take a look at the best five!
Dave Bautista In Gears Of War
This is a video game film which has been in the talks for a long time. Earlier in 2018, we had heard about Dave Bautista angling for the role of Marcus Fenix in the Gears of War movie, which has been in development since 2007.
In recent years, there has been some progress, and in 2016, it was declared that the film was under-development at Universal.
Last year, we heard that Shane Salerno (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem) was scripting the movie. With Bautista joining the project, the Gears of War movie might not be distant anymore.
Resident Evil: Monster Hunter
After Monster Hunter World made the series popular among the western audiences, a Hollywood version is now being developed. Sadly, the project is being directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the writer/director of the Resident Evil movies.
The filming starts in September, and it is going to star his wife, MillaJovovich.
As per an interview in 2016, Anderson wanted the story to be based on a “normal American” who gets sucked into the parallel world of Monster Hunter, and he has plans to convert it into a franchise. Just like Resident Evil, we expect sequels to be unlike the games.
The Call Of Duty Cinematic Universe
Just in case you haven’t been experiencing Call of Duty annual fatigue, you will, thanks to the upcoming film series. Movie details are unknown, but, we know that A-listers Chris Pine and Tom Hardy have been short-listed to play lead roles.
According to Activision Blizzard Studios, the movie might hit the big screen in 2020.
Call of Duty games are not famous for their stories, but, Activision aims to create a shared cinematic universe because they want to make as much money from it as possible. The director Stefano Sollima (Sicario: Day of the Soldado), might make a good movie.
Tom Hardy’s Splinter Cell
After The Division, Raving Rabbids and now Splinter Cell, it feels as if Ubisoft is keen on converting all their games into films. The Splinter Cell film has been rotting in development hell since 2004.
The movie’s script is progressing, but, it is vastly different from the games. One producer even said that the games had no story.
Although the filmmakers are not well-versed with the games, Tom Hardy is still expected to play Sam Fisher. Assuming it has nothing from the games, it will still be a good Tom Hardy action film.
Metal Gear Solid
Spy thrillers can never go out of fashion, so a film inspired by Metal Gear Solid has to be awesome. This film has been struggling to take shape since as far back as E3 in 2006. There have been numerous scripts, and at one point, Christian Bale was supposed to play Snake.
The project has got a new director in Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island), and he is working in tandem with Hideo Kojima to make a good movie. Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) is writing the script under Kojima’s supervision; we expect a loyal movie adaptation in this case.