Movies based on video games will never quite match up to the original format, but they can deliver some entertainment that gives us a new perspective on the game. Stars like Angelina Jolie or Mila Jovovich also help to give them that extra dimension, as well as great action scenes and stunning visual effects.
Putting a movie into production is a major project, but you can make your own game website without any trouble. Those of us avid gamers should share our skills and expertise in any way we can.
If you haven’t already seen…
Based on the Nintendo 3DS game, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu features Ryan Reynolds as the voice of a grisly Pikachu, and Justice Smith as Tim Goodman, both in search of Harry Goodman, Tim’s father and Pikachu’s former partner. This is an enjoyable and silly, offbeat cop movie that’s fun for all the family. This movie was released in May 2019.
Angry Birds II came out in August 2019 and starred the likes of Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Jones, and Peter Dinklage. It follows a hugely successful original that was the third-highest-grossing video game movie of all time. While the game may have had its time, the characters are still popular. AB2 is a crazy cartoon adventure that is both funny and flappy.
Sonic the Hedgehog
This is the first time Sonic is coming to the big screen (except for a Japanese animated two-part feature), despite almost three decades as Sega’s iconic hero. Not all fans are completely sold on the look of a furry blue hedgehog with delicate, human limbs. But the voice of Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) brings the character to life, and with the comedy genius of Jim Carrey as arch-nemesis Dr. Robotnik, as well as James Marsden as Sonic’s straight man buddy, this is a hedgehog venture well worth checking out. Sonic the Hedgehog had an initial release date of November 2019 but was delayed to February 2020.
Though its release date isn’t until September 2020, a teaser trailer of this dystopian monster fantasy from Capcom was leaked earlier this year. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter director, Paul W. S. Anderson, is at the helm, with Mila Jovovich, Tony Jaa, and Ron Perlman as the monster-battling forces. The Japanese game is transferred to a futuristic sand-covered America, and switches between the world as we know it and a nightmarish monster world. Anderson expects a franchise and already has plans for a sequel.
Sony’s action-adventure series centered on treasure hunter Nathan Drake has been a long time in the making. Originally tipped to be featuring Mark Wahlberg, Robert DeNiro, and Joe Pesci, directed by David O Russell, now the project is to be directed by Dan Trachtenberg and starring Tom Holland of Spiderman fame, as a young Drake. Trachtenberg mentioned in an interview that Chris Pratt would be great as Drake’s mentor, Sully, though this is yet to be confirmed. Currently, the release date is set for December 2020.
Call of Duty
The Call of Duty movie may be more of a rumor than anything else, with just plans of filming and no release dates given, but Activision Blizzard Studios has shown an interest, so this could be a video game adaptation to follow. Italian director of Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Stefano Sollima, is already on board with the project, as is writer Kieran Fitzgerald, best known for his work on Oliver Stone’s Snowden, Sherlock Holmes 3 and the Netflix series Wormwood.
In addition to features films based on your favorite video games, Netflix will release The Witcher, a web series based on the action role-playing game from CD Projekt Red, on 17th December 2019. The season of eight episodes features Superman star Henry Cavill as a mutated monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, as he becomes caught between the Northern Kingdom and the Nilfgaardian Empire. This is an impressive, large-scale production with a gifted, mysterious, downtrodden hero that is a break from the norm.
As well as all this coming up, a new version of Mortal Kombat from director Simon McQuoid is scheduled for May 2021, as well as Tomb Raider 2 with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, Kristin Scott-Thomas as Ana Miller, and cult director Ben Wheatley.
Other upcoming video game movies include Minecraft, which was set back by the former director being replaced by Peter Sollett, and former writer by Alison Schroeder. The next few years also promise to give movies of The Last of Us based on the survival horror game from Naughty Dog, Gears of War from Epic Games, and Metal Gear Solid from Konami Computer.
Since the movie Super Mario Bros was released in 1993, the number of high-grossing blockbuster video game movies has increased exponentially. Gamers are each bound to see their game of choice on the big screen before long. And with a growing appetite for games, the movie industry could look very different in the next few decades. So keep playing and watch this space!