Big-screen mode: Video-game movies that are currently in the works
There seems to be no end in sight when it comes to video games being adapted into films. We look at some that are in the pipeline.hollywood Updated: May 27, 2016 21:24 IST
This week saw two major game franchises make their way to the big screen. While the Angry Birds adaptation generated a lot of buzz, the film based on the Warcraft series opened internationally to not-so-great early reviews. Here are some other titles gamers can look forward to in the future:
Uncharted: The script for the movie is seeing a few revisions, and creator Naughty Dog’s primary role is to ensure that the film studios get the characters of Nathan Drake, Elena and Sully right. The project is expected to make it to the big screen in 2017.
Tomb Raider: The cult film and gaming franchise is set to get yet another reboot. The Danish Girl (2015) star Alicia Vikander will be playing Lara Croft in this project. Norwegian director Roar Uthaug will helm the origin story that tracks Croft’s first adventure.
Sonic The Hedgehog: Sega is set to make Sonic The Hedgehog a big screen star. His first feature film will be a combination of live action and animation. In a statement, Sega chief executive Hajime Saito has confirmed that the movie will release in 2018.
The Last Of Us: Set in a post-apocalyptic age, this survival-horror title has been deemed one of the best games on PS3 and PS4. Though creator Neil Druckmann said the movie had entered “development hell”, recent reports state that Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams has just been signed for the role of Ellie.
Dead Rising: One film that is based on this zombie series has already released in 2015. Dead Rising: Watchtower featured Jesse Metcalfe and Meghan Ory. Now, a sequel, Dead Rising: Endgame, is in the works. The film’s official Facebook page reveals that the shooting has already begun.
Minecraft: The popular game is reportedly on its way to the big screen as part of a collaboration between Mojang AB and an international studio. Set to release in 2018, it will be directed by Robert “Rob” McElhenney.
Tetris: The pieces have started falling in place for this classic game, which is reportedly being adapted into a sci-fi thriller for the big screen. Tetris The Movie will be filmed in China and at other locations in 2017, and will be the first movie in a trilogy.
The Witcher: The action role-playing series has been around for a few years now. A full-length movie based on it is reportedly set to release in 2017. The project is backed by The Mummy series producers, but details about the cast, story or director are yet to be revealed.
Splinter Cell: The series has been much appreciated by gamers and critics alike. The film adaptation, which reportedly sees Tom Hardy play a younger Sam Fisher, will make its way to the big screen in 2017. Ubisoft is developing the project.
Five Nights At Freddy’s: The indie survival-horror title opened to rave reviews in 2014. Its popularity in the gaming world resulted in multiple sequels, with an international studio acquiring the rights to bring the horror-filled animatronic characters to the big screen.
Resident Evil: This is yet another popular gaming and film franchise. The makers have decided to finally pull the plug with the final outing, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Starring Milla Jovovich, the zombie saga is expected to release in September this year.
Assassin’s Creed: The film, which stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, has been generating buzz ever since its first poster was unveiled. Incidentally, Ubisoft believes this movie could finally put an end to the notion that “movies based on video games have never and will never work”.
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First Published: May 27, 2016 00:00 IST