But Of Course: ‘Tetris’ Movie in the Works

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Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Threshold Entertainment announced today that it is developing a live-action film based on the game Tetris, because there’s no ’80s property that Hollywood isn’t trying to turn into a movie right now.

Naturally, it’s described as “a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” because what isn’t these days? Hit the jump to learn all about the impending Tetris movie.

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The full cast for Dead Rising movie based on the popular Capcom survival horror video game series was announced yesterday afternoon. We have an exclusive interview with director Zach Lipovsky revealing a ton of details about the digital feature from Legendary Pictures and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers).

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Dennis Haysbert Books ‘Dead Rising’ and ‘Ted 2′

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Dennis Haysbert has been all over the place in 2014, and now he’s taking steps to ensure he’ll be everywhere in 2015 as well. He’s just booked two very different projects: the zombie video game adaptation Dead Rising, and the raunchy comedy Ted 2. Hit the jump for more on both roles.

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Chris Pratt Guardians of the Galaxy

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 »

Pikmin Movie

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 »

‘Shadow of the Colossus’ Movie Gets New Director

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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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Super Mario Bros Movie

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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