10 Video Games That Are and Would Make Fantastic Movies
Hello gamers! As I’m sure all of you have noticed over the years, video games are trying to make their way to the big screen! The latest game to do so (though not very well) was Prince of Persia. We can all agree that movie was not the greatest rendition of that franchise. However, there are some titles fighting for scripts and development such as God of War, Halo and most recently World of Warcraft! Here is a list of games that WrmH0l3 would gladly go see in theaters.
10. God of War
Though some scripting processes and trying to find all the pieces to make this a film have already gone underway, this would still be an incredible movie to go see. Players have already seen the cinematic quality that could be brought to the franchise with their television commercial “To Ashes” for God of War: Ascension.
This two minute commercial captures the origins of Kratos and his anger very well! Whats stopping a producer from making a movie like this? I have no doubt it would crush the Box Office no problem. In an interview with series writer Marianne Krawczyk, development and scripting is underway but there is difficulty in rendering a gamer-approved Kratos after the series has dove so deep into the character. Check out the article here: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/god-of-war-writer-on-challenge-of-bringing-kratos-to-the-big-screen/1100-6413964/
Another topic discussed by many on forums and even big league gaming news outlets like IGN, Bioshock would make a compelling and terrifying movie. A “Great Gatsby-“like setting in an underwater metropolis that has been ravaged by the insane inhabitants and time. Following Jack as he uncovers the twisted history of Rapture.
IGN has done an article on how Baz Luhrmann, the director of the Great Gatsby, would be the best director for a bioshock movie! Check it out here: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/18/why-baz-luhrmann-should-direct-the-bioshock-movie?page=2
8. Darksiders ( I & II)
These games were a journey of epic proportions, something that if done correctly could be made into cinematic gold. Darksiders is a game that is the post-apocalyptic journey of War, one of the horsemen of the apocalypse. He traverses chaos-ravaged earth in search of the culprit who has started the apocalypse. Before THQ went under in late 2012, the series was blooming with fan basis and a lust for a movie of some kind, animated or live actors. The cinematic quality the first game has with its opening cutscene are the makings of a truly impressive film.
7. Assassin’s Creed
Another highly sought out movie material by fans, a movie is currently in the pipeline for this franchise! Anticipated to be released May of 2015, Ubisoft has enlisted Michael Fassbender (Shame, Inglorious Bastards) to help produce and act in the movie. Along with the help of Michael Lesslie, and screen writer Scott Frank to write the script. It is funny that in an interview with The Daily Beast (IGN), Fassbender has never played an Assassin’s Creed game. We can only hope that Ubisoft and its cohorts stay true to the series and make it as epic as possible!
6. Dead Space
Another movie that is under development with EA. Their latest video game rendition of Need for Speed with Dream Works has been set to release March of 2014. The Dead Space movie has to take on its proposals as scripts. An article by Variety talks with EA and its contributors on the Dead Space movie, you can read it here: http://variety.com/2013/film/news/dead-space-movie-alive-and-kicking-at-electronic-arts-1200565099/
A Dead Space movie would be very thrilling, a great horror movie to go see. However, it would have to be told from a more personal perspective of Issac Clark rather than the calamity that happened on the Ishimura. It would become an Alien movie if we watched Issac tackle necromorphs left and right on the big screen. He as a character has a deep rooted conflict within himself and his search for his love on the ship hoping she is alive. Playing on that would bring the film to life.
In years past, Neil Blomkamp had been recruited by Peter Jackson to create a Halo movie. However, the project fell apart. In its ruins however, Blomkamp was able to create the box office buster film “District 9” from the scraps of the Halo film. There havent been any recent reports on a pick up for the project, but I personally would still like to see a big screen Master Chief. A smaller film was created to introduce Halo 4, Forward Unto Dawn. This was a look at a Spartan training facility that is attacked by Covenant forces, Master Chief comes to the rescue and saves the star recruits. Worth a watch if you ask me. Blomkamp stated in an interview with LA Times that he’d be happy to reconsider “Halo” if he was given “control” of the project creativly. Check out the article here: http://www.hitfix.com/news/neill-blomkamp-says-hes-glad-the-halo-movie-didnt-happen-for-him
4. Ratchet and Clank
Another game that is confirmed to make a debut on the big screen, Ratchet and Clank was a popular family friendly series for the Play Station.
The quarky tales of the Lombax, Rachet, and his robotic side-kick Clank are taking their big step to theaters in 2015! Insomniac along with Rainmaker and Blockade Entertainment are going through Primary production, utilizing voice actors from the game franchise.
3. Legend of Zelda
The young elf warrior of Hyrule would bring hordes of fans to theaters. The epic journey through the lands of Hyrule in search of Princess Zelda would make a great film for all ages to appreciate. New fans who are just getting started with the series or older fans who followed the series from its beginnings. Nintendo has considered making a film but wishes to incorporate their unique gaming experience to make the movie an interactive experience.
2. Gears of War
The intense story of Gears would become instant block buster and break the box office. So many deep relationships were created between the players and the characters. It would make an absolutely fantastic movie, series even. Although development has been started for a film, it’s been stuck there for ages. Slowly being forgotten, lets hope that someone can revive the idea and bring it to life!
The story of Cole MacGrath and his newly discovered superpowers would be a good take on the super-hero to super-villain choice that people were given in the game. No superhuman movies today have given their character the choice to use their powers as they wished. It was always some underlying reason to use their powers and generally for the greater good. But to have a protagonist possibly become an antagonist and destroy the city rather than save it? That is something that would make an impact on the crowd.
Doing some research, some of these movies tried to make it to the big screen, some are working on it, some have failed and died off, some haven’t even been considered. Who knows where the film industry will take our precious video games. Until next time gamers! For more on movies check out my friend Christians blog Film Grind! Filmgrind.wordpress.com
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