2014 And Beyond: 6 Films Based On Popular Video Games
Well, we went, we saw and we conquered. Of all the games in attendance, we parsed out the 10 titles that we thought would be the most interesting to our movie-minded readers. If you like flicks like “Star Trek,” “The Avengers,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “Super,” “Star Wars” or “The Amazing Spider-Man,” this list probably pertains to you.
The history of movies based on video games is a spotty one – and that’s being generous. Even big-budget flicks like Angelina Jolie’s “Tomb Raider”, Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Prince of Persia” or Mark Wahlberg “Max Payne” still left fans quite disappointed.
But after something of a break, Hollywood is gearing up to once again try its luck with the video game source material. From huge new franchises to some odd throwbacks, a handful of video game film adaptations are coming along in 2014 and the next couple of years. Which sound promising, and which should see a preemptive ‘game over’ screen?
10. Resident Evil 6 (SEP, 12TH 2014)
Director Paul W.S. Anderson, who has been involved with all previous Resident Evil movies is game for a sixth and final installment of the very successful franchise. He stated that the 6th Resident Evil game, which came out recently, will have its influence on the screenplay.
The Resident Evil movie series is based on the iconic Capcom video game franchise by the same name.
9. Agent 47 (2014)
Fox International is going to reboot the Square Enix video game series Hitman as a new movie called Agent 47. Paul Walker will star as the bald assassin of the title, a character last seen in the 2007 film Hitman directed by Xavier Gens with Timothy Olyphant in the lead role.
Agent 47 will be written by Mike Finch and Skip Woods and directed by Aleksander Bach, a commercial director making his feature debut. Oddly enough, Woods also wrote the first movie for Gens and Olyphant.
8. World Of Warcraft (2015)
A movie version of the popular role-playing game World of Warcraft, by Blizzard Entertainment has been in development for years. Sam Raimi () was initially attached as a director, but had to drop out because of his involvement in Oz The Great and Powerful. Charles Leavitt (the writer behind the upcoming fantasy flick The Seventh Son) is reportedly now on board to wrangle the script into shape.
7. Deus Ex (2015)
Deus Ex will presumably take place in the year 2027, when big corporations have outgrown government control and hardware-enhanced body prosthetics are a common sight.
Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) wrote the script and also directs the video game adaptation. Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which was released in 2011 by Square Enix, will probably serve as the source material.
6. Kane & Lynch (TBA)
Death Row inmates Adam ‘Kane’ Marcus (Bruce Willis) and James Seth Lynch (Jamie Foxx) manage to escape during prisoner transport and team up to retrieve a stolen fortune. Will the two highly different criminals – the former is an efficient mercenary and the latter an unpredictable schizophrenic – be able to work together?
Based on the eponymous successful third-person shooter video game from IQ Interactive.