thief movie

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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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal Studios Florida has big plans for their Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • A Mario Bros. land is heading to Universal Studios Japan.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood’s Harry Potter attractions are making a some guests sick.
  • Disney’s new admission pricing system is ruffling a few feathers.

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warcraft behind-the-scenes images

I believe in Warcraft. And I believe in Warcraft because I believe in Duncan Jones, a filmmaker who has demonstrated strong instincts in his previous two films. So while the masses were baffled by early footage at Comic-Con last year and the first trailer was marred by obviously unfinished CGI, I remain hopeful. Jones is too smart and crafty to deliver something forgettable – Warcraft may be great or it may be a disaster, but it almost certainly won’t be run-of-the-mill.

But I digress. The real reason we’re gathered here today is because Jones released a bunch of behind-the-scenes images on Twitter and they’re very cool, focusing on the detailed and enormous practical sets that were constructed for his fantasy epic.

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Angry Birds Movie Trailer

So far the trailers for The Angry Birds Movie have mostly been about Red, the character voiced by Jason Sudeikis who has a bit of an anger management problem. The green pigs and their dastardly plot to steal the eggs of our favorite mobile game fowls were featured more prominently in a recent trailer, but now a new international trailer finally shows how the war will be waged to get those eggs back. And of course, it involves slingshotting birds into the pig kingdom.

Check out the new Angry Birds Movie trailer after the jump. Read More »

Metroid Movie

Last August, Nintendo announced that they were exploring the possibility of turning some of their video game properties into feature films. The company was turned off of the idea of adapting their video games into movies after the disaster that was Super Mario Bros. back in 1993, but over 20 years later, Nintendo’s creative mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto said:

“As we look more broadly at what is Nintendo’s role as an entertainment company, we’re starting to think more and more about how movies can fit in with that—and we’ll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future.”

We haven’t heard of any development on specific properties heading to the big screen, but if UFC champion turned actress Ronda Rousey had the opportunity, she would love to bring bounty hunter Samus Aran to life in a Metroid movie. Read More »

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

You remember Sonic the Hedgehog, right? The speedster was one of SEGA’s cash cows when the 16-bit video game system arrived, and he’s enjoyed a legacy of video games since then. However, the blue blur has come under hard times in recent years, with last year’s title Sonic Boom being the worst-selling game in the franchise.

So how can Sonic be saved? SEGA hopes that a live-action hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie will do the trick, and they have just such a project set up at Sony Pictures. Find out more below. Read More »

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Assassin's Creed and The Matrix

Will Assassin’s Creed break the video game movie curse? World of Warcraft might accomplish that task first, based on director Duncan Jones‘ (Moon) involvement, but later this year, if Jones’ adaptation does disappoint, then director Justin Kurzel has a real shot at shattering the curse. Kurzel reunites with Macbeth stars, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, for this Ubisoft adaptation, which Fassbender says is “old school” and inspired by The Matrix.

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dwayne johnson rampage movie

Not liking Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a crime punishable by sneers and glares. The infinitely charismatic movie star is one of the most watchable men in modern cinema. Even when he boards a stinker (and he’s made his fair share of awful movies), he walks away smelling like roses. He’s unsinkable, a buoyant pile of muscle and enthusiasm powered by lots and lots of cod.

So if there’s anyone who can get us interested in a film version of the Rampage video game series, it’s Johnson, who announced the film’s new screenwriters on his Instagram page. As a bonus, he also revealed the schedule for his next year, which seriously, no joke, sounds like it would kill any other human being.

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Steven Spielberg VR

Virtual reality is about to take off in a big way. Just recently we learned that Disney and Lucasfilm are developing new Star Wars stories, directed and written by big name filmmakers and screenwriters, for virtual reality, to connect with the upcoming films. Plus, VR showcases such as The Martian VR Experience from Ridley Scott have been getting quite the buzz and we’re a bit bummed we couldn’t check it out while it was at Sundance last month. Now another heavy-hitting filmmaker looks to be making the journey to VR as well.

Steven Spielberg previously signed on to be an advisor to Virtual Reality Company (VRC), and now he’s reportedly working with them on a project that is solely for VR. Find out more about the Steven Spielberg VR collaboration below. Read More »