Last summer, the sci-fi comedy Pixels brought a bunch of 1980s video games to the big screen, but they were just aliens disguised as 8-bit characters hellbent on destroying the planet. Now two famous video games from Atari are in the process of getting feature film adaptations of their own, hopefully without Adam Sandler to ruin them.
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has just teamed up with Atari to produce and finance two movies based on their popular 80s arcade titles Centipede and Missile Command. That’s right, previously established brand names keep reigning supreme in Hollywood. Read More »
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“We don’t want this to be a superhero film; we want it to be a film that embraces what it is to be human,” director Justin Kurzel said from the set of his adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. Now, for most video game adaptations or huge tentpole films in general, such a comment would sound too good to be true–but this is coming from the director Snowtown Murders and last year’s Macbeth. Video game adaptations often don’t attract filmmakers of Kurzel’s caliber (although there’s another rare exception this year). He went from making a visceral and visually intoxicating William Shakespeare adaptation, which also starred Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, to bringing Ubisoft’s dense world to theaters.
Below, read our Assassin’s Creed set visit.
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The first trailer for Assassin’s Creed arrived late last night, so you know what that means – it’s time for a trailer breakdown, where we go through this whole batch of footage frame-by-frame and talk about what we find. I’m approaching this as a casual fan of the video game franchise. I’ve played a few and I’ve enjoyed them. I’m also approaching this as someone who thinks Michael Fassbender and Justin Kurzel making a video game adaptation is just plain fascinating. These are not the kind of people who half-ass their movies. There is no way this is just another lousy video game movie…right?
Anyway, let’s climb a tall tower and dive into this trailer…
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Warcraft has already screened for select groups of critics (including a member of the /Film crew), but you haven’t heard anything because everyone is under a strict embargo. If you want to know more, feel free to pester the writer of your choice. They won’t be able to say anything, but who knows? Maybe you’ll annoy a detail or two out them.
In the meantime, the rest of us schmoes who haven’t seen the movie have to entertain ourselves with a new gallery of images showing off the film’s cast, which is roughly half live action actors and half motion capture orcs. Oh, and there’s Ben Foster looking pretty damn cool as a wizard, which is a sentence I never thought I’d ever write. It’s not Emily Blunt riding a polar bear, but it will do.
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It’s about time somebody made a genuinely good movie based on a video game, so why not Michael Fassbender and director Justin Kurzel? And if there’s going to be a good movie based on a video game, why not the Assassin’s Creed series, which has had its fair share of fantastic entries? This whole movie feels like a series of why not‘s – it’s about time for somebody to break the video game movie mold.
The first Assassin’s Creed trailer has arrived, so we should probably watch it and carefully examine its mold-breaking capabilities. After all, few video game adaptations have featured a pedigree quite like this.
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Many are hoping Warcraft will break the video game movie curse when it hits theaters in June. However, while Warcraft looks like an epic, fantasy blockbuster, it just might be too niche of a genre film to appeal to a larger general audience who isn’t familiar with the game. That means some gamers and cinephiles are putting their eggs in the Assassin’s Creed basket.
Macbeth director Justin Kurzel is reteaming with star Michael Fassbender for the big screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, and the caliber of talent involved has many hoping this really will be the video game movie that actually works for gamers and movie lovers. Now some new Assassin’s Creed movie photos have just been unveiled, showing Michael Fassbender both in the past and present. Check them out below. Read More »
We’re just over a month away from the theatrical bow of Warcraft and Duncan Jones‘ adaptation of the hugely popular video game series still looks like one of the summer’s biggest risks. Despite the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter series, fantasy is generally a tough sell with audiences…and Warcraft looks like a dungeon master’s notebook brought to life and injected with as many bright colors as humanly possible. It looks goofy. Maybe in a good way. Maybe in a bad way. Who knows yet?
Risky or not, Universal and Legendary Pictures are finally starting to treat this film like a proper event. Although official screenings of the film are set to begin on the evening of Thursday, June 9, 2016, AMC and IMAX are teaming up to host early “Fan First Event” screenings on June 8. And naturally, attendance to one of these screenings comes with a few extra goodies and what-not. Meanwhile, Chinese Audiences will get to see the film earlier than anyone else.
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It’s Star Wars Day! Some of us were hoping the day would bring a Star Wars: Episode VIII teaser trailer or some kind of new sneak peek for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But instead, we’re getting a bunch of sales on Star Wars merchandise, and promotions of new goods on the way, like the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game coming to shelves this summer.
A new LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has just arrived, and I will say that one thing making this particular LEGO Star Wars installment is the involvement Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and even Harrison Ford as their respective characters from the movie. They got Harrison Ford to say the phrase “Wookiee cookies,” for crying out loud! It adds a certain level of authenticity and more fun that the previous LEGO Star Wars games were lacking. Watch below! Read More »
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 »