the raid 2 game

A couple cool video game/movie tie ins are flying around the news, so it was time for an edition of Video Game Bits.

With The Raid 2 hitting theaters everywhere this week, a retro-style online fighting game is making the rounds allowing you to kick ass, Rama style. Second, a new video teases Marvel superheroes like The Avengers are coming to the popular video game/toy collecting trend, Disney Infinity. And finally, a crowdfunded project called Megafoot, which is for a movie that’ll pit Bigfoot against a cyborg version of himself, has released a unique and awesome perk where contributors can get an exclusive 8-bit Nintendo cartridge tied into the movie. Read about all of this below. Read More »

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assassin's creed movie

As Fox’s Assassin’s Creed movie comes together for a summer 2015 release, it’s stopping in for one more rewrite. Exodus scribes Adam Cooper and Bill Collage have been tapped to work on the script, which is based on the Ubisoft video game of the same title.

Michael Fassbender has long been attached to play the lead. More details after the jump.

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Second Halo Series

Xbox Entertainment Studios, which is overseeing the creation of original shows for the Xbox Live platform, already has one Halo series in development. Now there’s a second Halo series coming, this one from 343 Entertainment and Scott Free TV, with Ridley Scott and Scott Free TV president David Zucker as exec producers. Read More »

Splinter Cell movie

The Splinter Cell movie took a big leap forward earlier this month when Doug Liman signed on to direct, and now it’s taking another. Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) has been tapped to write a new draft of the screenplay, taking over for Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle). Tom Hardy is still set for the lead role.

Get all the latest updates on the project after the jump.  Read More »

Doug Liman

The Splinter Cell movie just took a big step forward. Director Doug Liman is in final talks to helm the popular Tom Clancy video game adaptation, which will star Tom Hardy as a highly trained secret agent on the hunt for terrorists. The hope is to start filming this summer for a 2015 release.  Read More »

Scott Waugh Need for Speed

Love it or hate it, for Need for Speed, director Scott Waugh had a vision. This is a video game adaptation, yes, but Waugh wanted to ground it in as much reality as possible. Everything had to be real. Every race, every stunt, every jump, every crash. It’s all practical. Then again, he was also beholden to the title “Need for Speed” and the film fulfills the name’s implied promise, giving audiences two hours of almost non-stop car craziness.

We spoke with Waugh, along with stunt coordinator Lance Gilbert, about balancing those expectations, the difficulties of filming, conceiving the racing sequences, casting Aaron Paul, working with super cars, the potential for sequels and more. Below, read our interview and then see Need for Speed which opens March 14. Read More »

Aaron Paul - Need for Speed movie review

Movies based on video games usually suck. They frequently graft dense, stupid stories to the tropes of a given game. In doing so, the soul of the game is lost, and you don’t care about the story, either. Need for Speed, on the other hand, finds a near perfect balance. There’s a story, but it contains just the bare minimum amount of logic and drama to make two hours of near non-stop racing believable.

Aaron Paul‘s lead character, Tobey Marshall, is given a motivation, enemies, and the push of a ticking clock. He pretty much sits behind a wheel for the whole movie, but it’s exciting. From the opening moments, Need for Speed puts the pedal to the metal and never lets up. Read More »

Shaq Fu 2

Shaquille O’Neal wants to make a video game. Scratch that. He wants to make another video game. The star of the 1994 fighting game Shaq-Fu has taken to IndieGoGo to raise funds for a reboot of that title, called Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn. Check out the pitch video, teaser and more below. Read More »

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