Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that Bungie released their latest video game last week: Destiny. Gamers of all ages have been buying the game, tweeting about it, posting images and their praise.
In fact, it sounds a lot like what happened six weeks ago when James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was released. People went nuts for the wacky, fun, Marvel adventure leading it to become the highest grossing film of the year.
Now, some intrepid souls by the name of Somewhat Awesome Games has recreated the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy in Destiny. And it’s kind of amazing. Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy Destiny mash-up video below. Read More »
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Back in 1993, Nintendo officially released their first, and last, live-action movie. Super Mario Bros. was a critical and financial disaster and since then, almost everyone agrees the experience of that film (which you can read about in full, incredible detail right here) has soured the company on licensing their other iconic characters – besides Pokemon – to Hollywood.
Now, however, Nintendo is working on some kind of secret “research project.” The first result of it is a Pikmin movie, produced by gaming legend Shigeru Miyamoto. Titled Pikmin Short Movies, it’s an animated anthology, comprised of three different short films, and will debut next month at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Unless you’re a Pikmin fan, that alone isn’t particularly exciting. I’m more curious of the subtext. The creator of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda is producing movies now? What could that mean for the future of Nintendo movies? Read More »
With Josh Trank kind of busy for the next several years, his adaptation of the Sony game Shadow of the Colossus needed a new director. Sony has found one in Andy Muschietti, the director of Mama, who had recently been attached to The Mummy reboot. (Among other things.)
Russ described the game as follows back when the film first went into development: “[It] features a young male protagonist who is told that his dead love can be revived if only he kills a collection of giant beasts that reside across the countryside. He does so without question, and the player is left to eventually wonder if the kid is being played. Visually austere yet stunning, the game was a critical hit and has endured as one of the masterpieces of the PlayStation 2 generation.” Read more about the Shadow of the Colossus movie below.
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The 1993 Super Mario Bros movie is infamous for many reasons. Mostly, we know it because the film is based on a hugely popular video game property, and the resulting movie is so, so bad. It’s also significant because the film was such a miserable experience for everyone involved — most of all the people at Nintendo — that we’ve since been denied films based on some of Nintendo’s other fantastic properties.
So, what exactly went wrong? I found out recently by reading the book Console Wars by Blake J. Harris. The book, which tells the story of the war between Sega and Nintendo in the 1990s, has a chapter dedicated to the film and it’s absolutely fascinating. Names like Dustin Hoffman and Tom Hanks are mentioned. Dozens of screenwriters are discussed. Terrible on-set feuds led to abysmal behavior. It’s all there.
After reading the chapter I thought you, the /Film reader, would find it just as fascinating as I did. So I contacted the publisher HarperCollins and got permission to reprint the chapter on the Super Mario Bros movie just for you. Read it below.
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Leprechaun: Origins helmer Zach Lipovsky will be directing a Dead Rising movie based on the popular Capcom survival horror video game series. The film is being produced by Legendary Pictures’ new Legendary Digital Media division and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. After the jump we have a lot more information on the project.
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Looks like Activision likes the way Ubisoft is doing business.
Not in the video game space; there, Activision has Ubi beat. But when it comes to creating movies based on original game titles, Ubi seems like it has a good thing going. The company started handling development of game to film projects via an internal division, and that led to projects such as Assassin’s Creed with Michael Fassbender and Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy, among others. (Well, it’s led to the possibility of those projects. We haven’t seen the films yet, and there’s no guarantee they’ll be good.)
Now there’s a report saying that Acitivision is in the early stages of creating its own internal film development studio. Read More »
Those four above have a longer walk than they originally thought. Earlier today we had word of one Sony film hitting theaters earlier than planned, as Fury moved from mid-November up to October 17 2014. Now the video game-influenced action/comedy Pixels, based on the short film from Patrick Jean, has been pushed back from May 15, 2015 to July 24, 2015.
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Video game movies get a bad rap, often for good reason, but there’s reason to hope for the best with some of UbiSoft’s upcoming projects. The game publisher has been directly involved with developing a whole slate of films based on its game titles, and hiring great talent to make the films a reality.
Assassin’s Creed, for example, will star Michael Fassbender. The actor is also producing, and working with director Justin Kurzel, who directed Fassbender in Macbeth. It’s been a while since we had any good report of progress on the film but Fassbender now says it is still moving forward, and that they have an intense desire to “respect the game.” Read More »