Back in December of 2014, the video game company SEGA formed a new company called Stories International that would begin developing some of their popular game titles to adaptations into movies and TV shows. At the time, the titles thrown around for potential adaptation included Altered Beast, Streets of Rage, Rise of Nightmares, Crazy Taxi, Virtua Fighter, Golden Axe and Shinobi. Now the latter ninja video game seems to be the first project to move forward with development. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Tomb Raider reboot has anointed its new Lara Croft. Alicia Vikander, an Oscar winner for last year’s The Danish Girl, will step into the combat boots last filled by Angelina Jolie in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Roar Uthuag (The Wave) is directing the latest adaptation of the popular video game series. Read More »
Last year, the sci-fi action comedy Pixels brought an 8-bit version of Donkey Kong to the big screen, albeit in a disappointing package directed by Chris Columbus, featuring Adam Sandler and his knucklehead friends, as well as a waste of Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan and Josh Gad. Before that, Donkey Kong got the spotlight in the outstanding documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
Now one fan and filmmaker has decided to bring Donkey Kong to life in a different way by creating a live-action short film that imagines a traditional round of the video game as if it played out in real life. Read More »
Following a new trailer for the video game adaptation Warcraft last week, a new featurette from the film has surfaced online, and it offers a glimpse at a set that will be very familiar to those who have played the game. The Lion’s Pride Inn is in the town of Goldshire, located in Elwynn Forest, and it’s like a lot of taverns and bars we’ve seen in fantasy and western movies. There’s rough clientele, fights break out, and it’s a good place to get a drink. In the game, it’s where you gain classes and find quests.
Now The Lion’s Pride Inn has been built for the movie, and a new Warcraft featurette has actor Rob Kazinsky, who was an avid player of the game himself, talks about just how details the set is, including plenty of design elements and easter eggs lifted straight from the game. Check out the video touring the set after the jump. Read More »
When I say that Warcraft looks like the John Carter or Jupiter Ascending of 2016, I say that as someone who unabashedly adores both of those films and finds their singular, off-kilter, and frequently oddball worlds fascinating, charming, and drunk on imagination. However, both of those films were too weird to attract mainstream audiences and died painful, ugly, public deaths at the box office. When I watch the new Warcraft trailer, I see so much that I like…and I can’t help but wonder if anyone other than me is fully prepared to give this wacky-looking movie a big ‘ol bear hug.
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This is a year of superhero clashing with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice behind us and Captain America: Civil War just under a few weeks away. But May will also bring the epic clash of fowls and swine in The Angry Birds Movie.
The animated film from Sony Pictures Animation brings the popular mobile game from Rovio Entertainment to the big screen, finally giving us a reason as to why the birds are so angry. But anyone with a brain already knew that it was because the green pigs stole all their eggs. Now we get to see the fight to get them back play out in a whole new way. Watch the new Angry Birds Movie trailer after the jump. Read More »
I don’t think younger Pokémon fans who have grown up with this series all of their lives can comprehend what it was like when the first games hit shelves in the late ’90s. It was a like a freight train had collided with popular culture. Everyone knew about Pokémon and everyone who played video games owned copy of Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue. You saw Gameboys everywhere you went, each of them wielded by children and adults trying to catch ’em all and whatnot. For those with no interest in the series and its later incarnations in other media, it was a profoundly annoying couple of years. This was the rare game to achieve total cultural saturation.
In other words, a well-made live-action Pokémon movie feels like a license to print money, a fact that is certainly not lost on the three studios currently vying for the rights to produce such a thing. This is no ordinary bidding war, though. There are actually a few cultural roadblocks that have made this one a little more interesting.
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The more we see from Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft, the more compelling it looks. While fans of the video game were divided over the first trailer, which featured unfinished VFX, the last extended TV spot presented a more tactile glimpse at the world Jones and all involved have crafted. The orc, in that TV spot, was completely convincing, and so was the environment it was fighting in.
To get another close-up look at the film, check out the new Warcraft character posters below.
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Few developers make video games as inherently cinematic as Naughty Dog. The Uncharted series is the closest the electronic gaming medium has ever come to reaching the pulpy heights of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Last of Us is one of the best games I’ve ever played, a terrifying post-apocalyptic tale that poses a number of difficult questions without offering easy answers. These are smart, character-driven games filled with exciting action beats and powered by stories that carry weight. In the right hands, they’d make for great movies.
But both of these games have had a rough go in the Hollywood landscape and the latest piece of news isn’t going to make fans feel any better about these cinematic adaptations. Uncharted is still charging toward a release date without a compass and The Last of Us appears to be dead in the water.
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