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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This summer, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures are taking a big risk by bringing the video game Warcraft to the big screen. While the property on which the film is based is one of the most popular video games ever, the trailer has already shown that this is some deep fantasy material, complete with different races of orcs, some powerful wizard magic, and much more.
Now a new Warcraft trailer has arrived from the international side of the film’s marketing where the title of the movie is Warcraft: The Beginning. The visual effects seem to be a little more polished for anyone who was concerned that the movie would look more like a video game cinematic. See for yourself after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
No movie is really just a movie anymore, at least if it’s a big, expensive studio production based on existing IP. And these days, studios don’t even wait until a movie’s actually out to start thinking about the next one — these projects are developed from the get-go with a potential franchise in mind.
So it should come as no surprise whatsoever to hear that New Regency is already eyeing sequels for video game adaptations Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell, despite the fact that one won’t open for another nine months and the other hasn’t even set a production start date. So if they actually do manage to break the “video game curse,” you can rest assured there’ll be much more where they came from. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
UPDATE: Daisy Ridley has confirmed she’s had “conversations” about the Tomb Raider reboot. More details below.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley went from a total unknown to the internationally famous star of one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. Now the question is where this promising young actress will go next, and the answer could be “to another action franchise.” A new report says Ridley is being eyed to lead Warner Bros. and MGM’s Tomb Raider, a reboot of the video game adaptation starring Angelina Jolie. Read More »
The Assassin’s Creed video game franchise may have suffered over the past few entries thanks to oppressive annualizing that forced developers to prioritize speed over quality, but the core of the series remains the perfect shade of silly. Each game puts you in control of a modern character who, through wacky science fiction nonsense that is never really explained, is able to tap into his “genetic memories” and relive the lives of his ancestors. Who were assassins. Who were fighting a war against an evil organization called the Templars. Which is a war that is still ongoing in the present.
The video games always prided themselves on their historical accuracy and the marketing for Justin Kurzel‘s film adaptation have followed suit, emphasizing star Michael Fassbender in 15th century Spanish garb. However, the latest still from the recently wrapped film is a reminder that this isn’t just a historical thriller, but a sci-fi movie.
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Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
As we inch toward summer blockbuster season, one of the biggest question marks on the calendar is the video game adaptation Warcraft. The source material is one millions of fans around the globe are deeply familiar with, but how will it play as a movie? Will Warcraft be the one to break the so-called “video game curse”? Can it draw in the non-gamer audience? And what about that director, Duncan Jones? There’s no doubt he’s a talented and creative director — just check out his earlier films, Moon and Source Code — but Warcraft is a far bigger, more fantastical movie than anything we’ve seen from him before. Can he still deliver the goods on such a gigantic scale?
We’ve got our fingers crossed for the best, and the earlier trailer and TV spot have suggested that this movie won’t lack in scope or painstaking detail. Now a new Warcraft TV spot has arrived with still more footage for you to ooh and ahh over and eagerly (or perhaps anxiously) pick apart. Read More »
Over three years ago, it was revealed that filmmaker/producer J.J. Abrams and game-master Gabe Newell of Valve Software were working to collaborate to make games and movies, which included adaptations of popular Valve games Portal and Half-Life. We haven’t heard any updates in the three years since… until now.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Two new Captain America: Civil War teasers arrive before tomorrow’s trailer.
- Finding Dory unveils a very cute new poster.
- A motion poster and a regular ‘ol poster for Independence Day: Resurgence arrive.
- Yep, they’re already planning an Assassin’s Creed 2.
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Eventually, someone is going to make a good video game movie, even if it’s entirely on accident. You something is wrong with this particular corner of filmdom when the high water mark is Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mortal Kombat, which is perfectly fine if you choose to grade it on the video game adaptation curve.
So yes, all video game movie news deserves to be greeted with a healthy amount of skepticism and possibly a raised eyebrow. Until we hear or see otherwise, let’s look forward to the new announced Thief movie with the appropriate level of dread.
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