Whether it be comic books, literary books, cartoons or video games, adaptations have and always will be extremely popular within the movie industry. That’s right, with Captain America: Civil War, topping the list of 2016’s highest grossing movies, the Marvel superhero proved once again that comic adaptions are taking center stage in the battle of movie ownership. In fact, just look at the last few years, with movie franchises such as The Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four all raking in the big bucks. However, with the gaming industry only getting stronger, more and more movies based on popular video games are beginning to take the world by storm, with a number of highly anticipated video games set for making it big in Hollywood in the near future.
Exciting fans worldwide, the prospect of a number of popular video games making it onto the big screen is as marketable as it is enjoyable, but why? With it a huge risk, Hollywood has also managed to screw it up on a number of occasions, failing to capture the true essence of what made the game so popular in the first place. But, with the gaming industry now a certified $1 billion dollar business, it’s no wonder Hollywood keeps trying, intent on finding that one game that manages to transfer its charm right on the silver screen. So, to see what’s in store in the future of video games, here are 15 that are being turned into movies.
Released as a first person shooter back in 2007, BioShock was influenced by the legendary and famed author George Orwell. Set in 1960, the game features main protagonist Jack, who wakes up after an airplane crash in an underwater paradisiacal wasteland, intent on escaping. Receiving critical acclaim, the game was immediately connected to a number of film producers, determined to adapt the story for the silver screen. However, due to a number of disagreements with regards to budgets and directors, the film never quite made it past eager discussions, disappointing a number of fans worldwide. Now, with rumors that the movie is back in development, it seems we may just get it yet, with Sony registering the rights to the movie’s name in 2014. Though it has yet to receive an official green light, it is one more step in the right direction with regards to this epic dystopian thriller.
14. Call Of Duty
Probably the most surprising on the list in that it hasn’t already been made into a film, Call of Duty has been sparking rumors of a feature film since day one. Sporting one of the biggest fan bases in video game history, Call of Duty is also one of the most profitable, meaning a movie will be a sure thing with regards to bringing in the big bucks. However, with company Activision Blizzard intent on being the ones who’ll deliver it, the wait might just take that little bit longer, with no release date set as of yet. But, what we do know is that the movie itself will mostly concentrate on the Advanced Warfare and Black Ops III of the gaming franchise, meaning lots of cool effects and CGI glory. Plus, with Activision Blizzard also announcing their intentions of going into television as well as film, it could mean a possible TV series for the popular video game, how cool would that be?!
Released way back in 1979 to stunned spectators, Asteroids has become a firm fan favorite as of late. Originally billed as an arcade space shooter by legendary gamer Atari, Inc., the game was extremely popular for all ages. With the aim of the game being to control a spaceship within an asteroid field, it was up to the player to then shoot and destroy all the incoming asteroids. Getting harder and harder as the levels advanced, it was left to the real pros to get their names on the score sheet, going down in history as one of the most difficult games out there. Now, with rumors of a cinematic debut, movie producers at Universal acquired the rights to the cult classic in 2009. However, keeping a tight lid on the major details, there seems to be no information with regards to the actual plot of the movie, let alone the stars involved. Yet, with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Transformers) attached, it seems only a good thing, especially with his experience in high-budget movie-telling.
12. Dante’s Inferno
Originally released in 2010, this action adventure epic was immediately popular, especially with regards to its plot and style of play. Based on Inferno, the first canticle of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, the game takes inspiration from various aspects of the poem, especially with regards to the number of villains. Generating a number of rumors with regards to a movie adaption from as early as 2013, the project even had Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez attached at one point. However, since then, nothing more has been heard, leaving a number of fans to speculate that the adaptation had been put on the back burner. However, with Alvarez recently stating that the film was most definitely still in development, fans rejoiced, causing the rumor mill to go into overdrive once more.
Initially created by Swedish game designer Markus Persson, Minecraft went on to become one of the most popular sandbox video games in the world. With the aim of the game that of building and constructing textured cubes, it is strange to understand why on earth the game became so successful in the first place. Creative and stimulating, Minecraft has received an enormous amount of praise from critics all over the world, also winning a number of awards with regards to its game play. Now, set to star on the silver screen, the popular video game now has a release date, with May 2019 as the intended date. With Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy recently attached, it had been suggested that the movie might indeed be that of a live action adventure, rather than the initially thought animation. However, in 2015, Rob McElhenney of Always Sunny In Philadelphia took over, bringing in a number of high profile names, such as Steve Carell, in order to get the project moving in the right direction.
10. Metal Gear Solid
One of the most famous video games in the entire world, Metal Gear Solid was originally released way back in 1998, going on to become one of the biggest gaming franchises in the world. That’s right, spawning sequel upon sequel, Metal Gear Solid was initially regarded as one of the most important games of all time, often described as the game that helped put the stealth genre on the map. Compared to a movie upon its first release, the game has stuck with what made it famous in the first place, cutting to cinematic scenes throughout the game play. Now making it to the big screen, after years and years of speculation, the movie was finally put into pre-production in 2013, after a whopping six years of development. With Hollywood A-listers such as Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson all attached at some point, it is still unsure to who will actually be at the helm of the project. However, what we do know is that the movie will be written by Monsters: Dark Continent writer Jay Basu, and will most likely be extremely epic with regards to its CGI input. Bring it on.
Billed as a puzzle platform video game in 2007, Portal was a huge hit upon its release, receiving praise for its originality and humor. Consisting of a series of puzzles that must be solved through teleportation, Portal was also famed for its dark story and creepy overtones. Linked with legendary director J.J. Abrams in 2013, the filmmaker told reporters that he had been in talks with the game’s producers in the hope that they could develop a movie based on the game, as well as first person sci-fi shooter, Half Life, stating, “we are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom… once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things. As someone who loves playing Half-Life and Portal, what’s the movie of this, it’s incredible when you talk to someone who just ‘gets’ it, it’s like, oh my god, it’s really the seed for this incredible tree you’re growing.” However, with no date set in stone, it seems we could be waiting a while, although Abrams recently confirmed that the film was still set to go ahead, with writers now attached to the future project.
8. Heavy Rain
Hailed as one of the best on its release in 2010, Heavy Rain was as much a movie as it was a video game. Displaying a film noir type thriller genre, the movie centered on four diverse protagonists, all connected to the work of a mysterious serial killer. Winning a number of awards, as well as selling over three million copies, it wasn’t long before film producers came knocking, with an adaptation now currently being made. That’s right, with New Line Cinema and Quantic Dream Pictures originally obtaining the rights to the film, the film is now in the ownership of company Unique Features, who won the rights at auction. Bringing in writer David Milch, of NYPD Blue and Deadwood fame, the movie is still in pre-production, however, big things are predicted for what could become one of the most highly anticipated movies of the next few years.
7. Gran Turismo
Probably one of the most famous car games in gaming history, along with Need For Speed of course, Grand Turismo paved the way for racing video games across the globe. First released in 1997, the GT series has spawned a number of sequels, as well as a variety of spin-offs, as well as a Grand Turismo cafe, and even its own street name. Critically acclaimed for its handling of the vehicles used, as well as a real life driving ability, GT has been a flagship for the PlayStation graphics department, routinely displaying a long list of magnificent special effects. Now, with a film set for a near future release, Sony is at the helm of the development, bringing in the likes of The Social Network producer Michael De Luca and film director Joseph Kosinkski to direct. With no real story as of yet, we can only wait and see what the writers have in store for the celebrated driving spectacle, with the game itself not really having much of a story in the first place. Well, at least we know it will have cars.
6. Mass Effect
Released in 2007, popular science fiction game, Mass Effect quickly went on to become one of the most popular games of the entire decade. Billed as a third person shooter, the game generated three more sequels, with a fourth instalment set for release very soon. With all the ingredients of a killer movie, the game revolves around a lone soldier, sent on a mission to save the galaxy from severe destruction. Met with critical acclaim, all three sequels were extremely successful, raking in the big bucks from across the globe.
Acquiring the rights in 2010, it was announced that production companies Legendary Pictures and the famed Warner Bros. had planned to adapt, bringing in top writer Morgan Davis Foehl to write the screenplay. After a few bumps in the road, Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull revealed that getting the film ready for production wasn’t easy, stating, “I think the canon they’ve created is sophisticated. It’s very broad, meaning you can’t pitch that in 30 seconds, right? It’s a complex story. So it is challenging. If it wasn’t challenging, the movie would have been out by now, but it is. We’ve just got to stick to our guns that, if it’s a movie that’s going to come from us, we want it to be great. If we can’t crack that yet then we just have to keep working.” We CANNOT wait!
5. Detective Pikachu
Well it was only a matter of time surely? After the huge success of the video game Pokemon Go, it seemed that the release of a matching movie to accompany it would be a sure fire hit, with the yellow creature himself at the helm of the movie once again. That’s right, with Pikachu taking center stage once more, Legendary Pictures was quick to acquire the film rights, with Goosebumps director Rob Letterman set to direct. Based partly on Pokemon Go as well as that of the popular video game Great Detective Pikachu, the live action movie is set for production in 2017, with the Pokemon franchise getting more and more popular as the years go on. First released as a video game in early 1996, the franchise has sparked a number of spin-offs, including a TV series, film franchise and highly profitable merchandise.
Dubbed the best first person shooter of all time, Halo was first released in 2001. Focusing on an interstellar war between humanity and aliens of sorts, Halo was basically a movie in its own right. Linked to a number of rumors over the years, it was announced in 2005 that legendary director Peter Jackson was set to produce a film adaption of the game, with the help of director Neill Blomkamp. However, with the idea sadly declared dead two years later, the idea was buried, along with the hope of a near future film adaptation. Stuck in purgatory, the film was going nowhere, until rumors began surfacing once more, with Jackson recently seen sniffing around the acquired rights. Yet, with no real date set in stone, fans will just have to wait it out, with Jackson surely the ideal candidate for such a mammoth project and epic movie premise.
3. Tomb Raider
No stranger to the film world, Tomb Raider was most famously adapted onto the big screen in 2001, with a sequel released two years later. Initially portrayed by mega star Angelina Jolie, Lara Croft is now set to be given another lease on life, this time played by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander. With famed producers MGM at the helm, it was also recently announced that writer Marti Noxon, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is set to write the script, along with Norwegian film director Roar Uthaug. Focusing on the days of ‘young Lara’, Uthaug recently stated, “I think making Lara Croft feel like a real human being is definitely something we want to bring to the big screen. I think we’ll want to make people relate to Lara as a character. I’m hoping to bring some of my Norwegian sensibilities to the franchise”. Set to be released in 2018, fans have only a year left to wait for the new and improved, much anticipated reboot of the last few decades.
2. Assassin’s Creed 2
Now at an all mighty nine of the original main series of games, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has taken the world by storm since its release in 2007. Billed as an action adventure video game, the premise sees a fictional world of historical real events, as well as a number of fictional plot lines. Extremely popular, the game takes inspiration from a number of ancient events and experiences, including that of the Knight’s Templar. With rumors of a movie adaption since the very beginning, the live action thriller was finally released in 2016, starring Hollywood A-listers such as Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. However, although receiving mixed reviews, the movie was extremely successful financially, with Fassbender signed on in the starring role for the next instalment. That’s right, set for release in the upcoming future, it seems the game has been turned into something of a movie franchise, with a number of potential sequels in line for future release.
1. Angry Birds 2
Created by Finnish company Rovio Entertainment in 2009, the game consists of a number of multi-colored birds, intent on saving their eggs from a number of green-colored pigs, yes that’s the actual plot. Funny, cheap and extremely easy to play, the game propelled into video game stardom almost immediately, resulting in a very prosperous franchise. Leading to a variety of spin-offs, including a cartoon series, lunch boxes, and its very own feature film, the popular game is now expected to release its second movie very soon. That’s right, with the first film boasting some serious Hollywood stars such as Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader and Kate McKinnon, the second looks only to follow in its famous footsteps, with the film now in official development. However, with no word on the plot or even the movie’s actual title, we can only wait in excitement for the much anticipated second instalment of this video game classic.