Imagine you were given the opportunity to direct the next big blockbuster hit. Now, on top of that, imagine if someone came up to you and said they wanted you to direct it, but ensure that it falls into the video game movie genre. It wouldn’t really be that hard, would it? We’ve seen it happen a lot in the past, with Prince of Persia and Mortal Kombat, and those of us interested in this type of thing are still waiting to see how Assassin’s Creed is going to do.
There are still a lot of video games out there that could make excellent movies, but for one reason or another, they haven’t been scripted and turned into a feature film. Unfortunately, instead of directors taking games that could make great movies, they’ve been taking god awful games and turning them into…yep, you guessed it, god awful movies. Mortal Kombat could be the exception here since they knew the movie was bad from the get go. In the movie’s defense, it was meant to be fun and silly, but that doesn’t automatically make it a good movie. And I won’t even bother mentioning Warcraft because for one, I haven’t seen it yet, and two, it’s really not worth mentioning since it seems as though it didn’t fare very well with critics and fans alike.
My overall goal here is to talk about the games that would make great movies. I’ll stay away from talking about video game movies that need to be remade, because there are already so many games out there that could make great movies, and it seems foolish not to mention them first.
Whether you take the original top down games or the 3D games, all of the Fallout stories are so rich that it would be impossible not to make a great movie out of them. The post apocalyptic genre is not a stranger to the movie scene, especially with movies like I Am Legend and Zombieland existing today. Think about it, a movie about coming out of your fallout shelter and doing whatever you can to survive, whether it be teaming up with factions, or living on your own. I imagine it would go over really well with critics and fans alike. Specifically with Fallout 3, I feel a post apocalyptic world with Washington D.C. being the central hub would work beautifully. And sure, Fallout: New Vegas would hopefully bring the charm that is evident in the video game to a film. It would almost be impossible to ruin a movie adaptation, unless the director was an idiot.
Look, let’s just be real here, Minecraft is a great game. I’m aware of people out there that may feel like this game needs to close its gates and cease to exist and maybe those people are right, but I feel that a movie revolving around a 3D-blocky world would work exceptionally well. It would be up to the directors to decide what this movie would be about since Minecraft on its own doesn’t have a purpose or a story attached to it, unless you count finding and killing the ender dragon to its sole purpose. If it was done right, the movie could be a box office hit. However, it being put into the wrong hands could create what I would consider a copy of Pixels. For those of us that would actually be interested in this type of thing, I don’t think we would want it ruined in any way, shape, or form.
Dishonored not only makes a great video game (seriously, play it!) but I feel like the stealth genre has not had its fair share when it comes to movies, at least not to my knowledge. This would be one of those movies where the story from the game would have to translate to the movie piece by piece, without missing anything. Not only would the protagonist, Corvo Attano, be a big hit on the big screen, but environmentally I feel it could be done in such a way that it would cater to those that love the visual effects of these kinds of movies. Granted, Assassin’s Creed is in the horizon, so maybe the stealth genre will finally see some light. It would be the perfect time for a Dishonored movie to take the stage due to Dishonored 2 making its debut in the coming weeks, and I know we’re all excited for that.
12. This War of Mine
There have been plenty of movies about war, but one more couldn’t hurt right? This War of Mine has a great story set up for a movie. However, given the fact that there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot more to it than post-war survival, the potential for a full on two hour blockbuster film just isn’t there. I can see the movie going in the direction of taking one of the members of your crew and following him as he attempts to survive in a post-war world as long as he can. Given the nature of the game, a darker setting in a post-war world could do well, but it could be a tough sell with the amount of war movies that exist already. But as I said, This War of Mine would probably work better as a shorter film, through the style of some independent film maker or even a school project.
11. The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda may be one of the most demanded ideas for a film. It’s got everything a movie would need to be successful. A powerful protagonist, an open world to explore, a rich story, and a substantial amount of lore. The only issue with taking on a task of making a Legend of Zelda movie would be that whoever directs it would need to ensure they wouldn’t screw it up by creating plot holes, or miscasting. The problem most video game movies have is either the story wasn’t portrayed correctly, or the director didn’t read up on the material. In the right hands, this could be great. Plus, I can’t be the only person that has been waiting to see Link on the big screen. You’d have to make a really convincing argument toward why a Ganon vs Link fighting scene wouldn’t work on the big screen in order to change my mind.
We all want this, we all need this, we all want to see something happen with this. Since the day Halo: Combat Evolved hit the shelves, the franchise was needed to be portrayed in a full length film, and why it hasn’t touched the big screen yet is mind-blowing and flat out wrong. We’ve seen movies with action packed fight scenes and gun play and that makes this is a no-brainer. The only issue that could arise is finding the right actor to portray Master Chief. The voice actor in the original games portrayed the character as this tough guy who knew how to work a gun, but also keeping the anonymity and mysterious nature of the character. The actor who would play this would need to not only fit that description, but make the role his own. It’d be a tough find, but the movie would surely do well.
So, you know what? When I thought about Turok being a movie, I completely forgot to realize that Jurassic Park exists as a very successful franchise. Heck, Jurassic Park is probably better than any movie that would be based off of Turok anyway. Still, I feel this deserves to be here if no other reason than to put you on a nostalgia trip. Turok follows the main character as he progresses throughout the world as it is inhabited by dinosaurs and other creatures. So, think Jurassic Park, but instead of being afraid of the dinosaurs, you’ll see the character take the dinosaurs on in 1 to 1 combat with his own arsenal of weapons. Plus, wouldn’t it be cool to see the protagonist running around in multiple worlds fighting off dinosaurs with nothing but a razor wind? Remember the circular weapon with spikes sticking out of it? I’d love to see something like that.
8. Rocket League
Although it may seem unorthodox, I feel there is an argument to be made here about Rocket League making a great movie. With a game like Rocket League however, you’re being given an idea with no story, no characters, and no lore, unless you make your own story about why people are being forced to play head to head in order to make goals, assuming people are actually driving these cars. Hell, I’m sure there are good arguments to make about why the people were forced to drive these cars in the first place, but I digress. The way this movie could work is if it were based off a mix of Fast and Furious and Hunger Games. It would not only add a story, but people would stand in line to see a movie that is based on the simple concept of “soccer with cars”. I’d pay to see it, anyway.
7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
When you hear about vast landscapes, the huge snow filled mountains, the small villages filled with all kinds of people here and there, you think of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Now, I know movies like Lord of the Rings exist, and I’m well aware that both are similar in a lot of ways. But, just imagine a movie based on the dragonborn lore, though. Much like Fallout, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has the story in place to make a great movie, all it needs is a director willing to take on the part, and the funds necessary to accomplish the visual aspects that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has accomplished. In its prime, it was one of the most beautiful games made to that date, although it hasn’t done well with time, it’s still got the potential to influence stunning visuals that could only be accomplished through a movie.
6. Dark Souls
I’m sure there are people looking at the title alone, and their palms are getting sweaty, and they feel themselves getting agitated for no reason. Such is the nature of Dark Souls. A movie adaptation of Dark Souls would be in the same vein as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim if both movies were to ever be taken into consideration. From what I can gather, the game doesn’t necessarily throw the lore at you in the way that a game that was built for a story would. It has its moments here and there, but it’s one of those things where you wonder if a movie would do as well as the games. Part of it would have to come down to whether or not the essence of difficulty would be stripped because you don’t have any control over the main character in the movie. However, movies have their ways of keeping people on the edge of their seats, and if done right, this would could have that same effect.
5. Enter The Gungeon
Now then, who says a rogue-like can’t make a great movie? And who says throwing a random character into a dungeon filled with monsters wouldn’t be exciting to watch? Well, given the nature of rogue-like games allowing for free control over how the character progresses, I’d say it makes a good argument for a potential movie adaptation. A movie based on Enter The Gungeon would follow four separate characters as they descend deeper and deeper into the Gungeon in order to kill their past. The game works in the bullet-hell style, which I don’t think could work well on the big screen. However, telling the story of each character as they attempt to find their past could work well for at least a few hours. It would be in the same vein as the Saw movies, where you hope the characters survive, but the chance of their death is high.
Do you want to be the very best, like no one ever was? Do you want to show that on the big screen? No, i’m not talking about the cartoon movies, I’m talking about a full fledged real life feature film with the same characters and story, and somehow incorporate the pocket monsters into it as well, with CGI or something. We’ve seen what directors can do when given the task for a Pokémon movie, even if they’ve not been well received when critics are concerned. The only problem I see with an idea of this caliber would be that the director would need to know everything there is to know about Pokémon, including the vast amount of Pokémon the series has now. On top of that, it can’t be cheesy because video game movies have a tendency to skew toward full blown cheesiness. I don’t know how, but they do.
F-Zero would fall in the same vein as Rocket League, of which I’ve talked about previously in this article. In the Rocket League section, I did talk about how it would need to create its own story. The only thing the game has going for it in regards to any story or plot is the fact that you race at high speeds in different locations, with the fear of death at every turn. Actually, that could make a pretty great movie on its own merits, as some sort of deadly action movie type deal. While there isn’t much to go off of, people would pay to see a movie like this for the same reason they see the Fast and Furious movies. There’s a certain excitement with high speed racing and adrenaline pumping action scenes that get people going. Plus, wouldn’t it be exciting to see Captain Falcon on the big screen?
2. Pokémon Stadium
Imagine being given the script for a new Pokémon movie, but you had a specific goal to mimic the Pokémon Stadium game. Do you think you could do it? I’m sure if you could, you’d make it amazing. The way I see this one playing out is much like the way I’d see a Rocket League movie playing out. More in the form of a Hunger Games setting, but instead of trying to be the last man standing, you have a limited time to get as many Pokémon as you can, and the movie would end in one final battle between all the trainers that qualified to be there. The winner would go away with money, while the others would be left with nothing but the Pokémon they fought with. There wouldn’t be a lot of violence involved, but the thrill of a battle would be there in full swing.
1. Grand Theft Auto 5
Being quite possibly one of the most needed video game movies in this day and age, Grand Theft Auto 5 fits the bill undoubtedly because it has everything a movie needs: great characters voiced by great voice actors. The best part is that the same voice actors would be in the movie adaptation. It also has a wonderful story and the choice to enjoy one of three characters, or all of them, if you like. On top of all of that, it has got a great location. With the amount of content in Grand Theft Auto 5 already, I don’t see how it couldn’t be a success in movie form, while also keeping in mind the amount of sequels that could play out, which there could be plenty. Playing the game is basically like watching a movie, but you control every character with every minute that passes. Everything about a Grand Theft Auto 5 movie just sounds right.