One of the biggest video games of 2013, The Last of Us, is officially getting a movie. Screen Gems has just signed to distribute a live action version of the Naughty Dog game and creative director of the game, Neil Druckmann, is writing. Sam Raimi‘s Ghost House Pictures will produce. Read More »
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Warner Bros. loves that The Lego Movie performed like a real blockbuster. (Pun intended.) The studio will now follow the development of Lego with a new film based on crafting. The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee is set to oversee a Minecraft movie for the studio. Read More »
Which board game movies should Hollywood make next? Over the last year or so I’ve gotten sucked into the table top scene, and now have a board game addiction. I’m not talking about Monopoly or The Game of Life, but designer hobby board games that offer more strategy and theme than the games we all played as children.
Hollywood has dipped its toes into the board game movies a few times now. First with Battleship. It was such a huge bomb that Universal later dropped Monopoly, which was being developed for years by Ridley Scott. Paramount is currently filming an action adventure thriller adaptation of Ouija produced by Michael Bay and Jason Blum and co-written by Simon Kinberg. Universal and Warner Bros are both fighting to make a movie based on the role-paying game Dungeons & Dragons. And most recently, 20th Century Fox has announced they are brining the popular role-playing card game Magic: The Gathering to the big screen, also with the help of Kinberg.
There are many reasons Battleship failed but I think first and foremost the audience refused to take the movie seriously after hearing the title. The studio clearly greenlit the project hoping to turn massive brand recognition into tickets sold, but it didn’t take a genius to realize that the 1930 board game didn’t have enough story to warrant a movie adaptation. So much so that director Peter Berg made up his own “alien invasion at sea” construct.
So if Hollywood is going to develop board game movies, why not look at some board games that offer deeper storytelling, more interesting scenarios and compelling characters? The list I have put together after the jump includes a bunch of board games that you might not have heard of, but are popular in the tabletop gaming world. Each of them has something to offer Hollywood if they wanted to bet on concept and story vs. huge branding.
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The guys behind This is the End are taking on Nintendo. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been tapped to adapt and direct a film based on the new book Console Wars by Blake Harris. The book tells the story of a small, upstart company named Sega and how it took on the juggernaut Nintendo during the late Eighties and early Nineties. Sony will distribute and Scott Rudin will produce. Read More »
Briefly: The action-packed video game adaptation Need For Speed doesn’t open until March 14, but DreamWorks is hosting 100 free screenings of the film February 19 across the United States. Tickets are available now; find out how to get them below. Read More »
Video game publisher UbiSoft has really taken possession of the film translations of its game properties. The company has been working to develop a load of film: Splinter Cell, starring Tom Hardy, with New Regency; Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender, who is also producing for Fox; Watch Dogs with Sony; and Ghost Recon with Michael Bay and Warner Bros.
Ubi has also been pushing its Raving Rabbids characters to television and other forms of merchandizing, and is now taking the little guys to the big screen. Info on that is below.
Sony, meanwhile, has some of its own properties in development, including Ratchet and Clank (teaser here), Sly Cooper (teaser here), and Heavenly Sword. We’ve seen one teaser for Heavenly Sword, and now there’s a new one, which you can also see below. Read More »
The core truth about Hollywood is that execs and other decision-makers tend to think in patterns. Find success in one genre or role, and you’ll be bound to that thing for years to come. And what of those who do manage to break out? The time can come in which an early success proves to be just the resume item needed to get a big job.
Which brings us to Seth Gordon, who directed the video game doc The King of Kong before moving to broad comedies like Identity Thief and Horrible Bosses. He’s just been hired by Sony to direct the film based on the Uncharted series of PlayStation games. Read More »
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The Sly Cooper series of games, developed by Sucker Punch as PlayStation exclusives, has always been one of Sony’s more film-friendly IPs. The games feature an animated visual style and revolve around a trio of friends led by the “gentleman thief” Sly Cooper, himself the latest in a line of master criminals. Now, like Sony’s Ratchet and Clank game series, Sly Cooper is the subject of an animated film by Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment. Like the Ratchet film, there are some design tweaks, but in general a sense of faithfulness to the games. Kevin Munroe (TMNT) directs.
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