CBS is hoping to turn your mobile game addiction into TV ratings gold. The network has just given the greenlight to Candy Crush, based on the video game franchise that everyone was hooked on a couple of years ago. The TV version will be an hourlong live-action game show played on giant interactive boards with some sort of play-along component for fans watching at home. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Michael Fassbender may be able to fly and bend metal as Magneto in the X-Men movies, but he stands to pull off an even more impressive feat in his last film of the year, Assassin’s Creed: convincing audiences that a video game movie can actually be good. Okay, perhaps we’re being a bit unfair — Warcraft definitely had its moments, even if it was kind of a mess overall, and The Angry Birds Movie was a bonafide box office hit — but the fact remains that on the whole, audiences have had very good reason to be skeptical about video game movies for a very long time.
Thankfully, though, this one looks more promising than most. Fassbender’s Macbeth director Justin Kurzel is at the helm, and based on the footage so far it appears he has not lost his eye for beauty. Plus, it’s got an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard, Ariane Labed, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Michael K. Williams. That’s a freakin’ great lineup for any movie. Check out the newest Assassin’s Creed trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
Jon Spaihts (Passengers) recently wrote a draft of director Rob McElhenney‘s (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) Minecraft, a live-action adventure film based on the game that allows players to build, explore worlds, and fight monsters. Now, a new draft of the script is coming from screenwriter Jason Fuchs (Pan). Fuchs wrote drafts of Wonder Woman and Lobo, so he’s no stranger to working on large-scale Warner Bros. projects.
Below, learn more about the new Minecraft screenwriter.
Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
One of the chief concerns fans had about the direction of the Star Wars saga over at Disney and Lucasfilm was that the companies might not take advantage of how expansive the galaxy far, far away can be. While it makes sense that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would continue the legacy and story of the main characters from the previous two trilogies, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still playing things rather safe by focusing on a plot tied directly to the events of the first movie.
We’re happy to cut Disney and Lucasfilm some slack for Rogue One since this spin-off is kind of a grand experiment to see if fans like these separate stories. But after that there’s a Han Solo spin-off, indicating that there’s not an immediate plan to branch out further away from the characters, events, and locations we’ve come to know. Sure, there’s plenty of new stuff in Rogue One, but fans want more.
It appears some of the best original stories are being told in the video game world with the MMORPG game Star Wars: The Old Republic. The game has a new expansion pack coming out this December called Knights of the Eternal Throne, and the cinematic trailer they just released for it is a perfect example of the kind of the original, standalone stories that can exist in the Star Wars universe. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
Universal Pictures are developing a big screen movie based on Microsoft’s successful Gears of War third-person shooter video game franchise. Hit the jump to learn the details.
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Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
It’s been over three and a half years since filmmaker J.J. Abrams and video game producer Gabe Newell announced a forthcoming collaboration between their Bad Robot and Valve companies. While their conversations hinted at some kind of larger partnership, the most immediate excitement came from their discussions of developing film adaptations of Valve’s video game franchises Portal and Half-Life. But we haven’t heard anything regarding progress on either of those titles. So what’s going on?
J.J. Abrams is currently making the rounds promoting his upcoming series Westworld on HBO, and that means he’s getting questions about the other projects that may be kicking around over at Bad Robot. thankfully, someone asked about the development of both the Portal and Half-Life movies, and it sounds like the former is a little further along. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
In a summer full of big-budget flops, one of the most interesting misfires was Warcraft. Here was a film bursting with wild ambition and earnest affection for the source material, that tried to expand the fantasy film genre beyond lazy Lord of the Rings retreads. Unfortunately, despite director Duncan Jones‘ best efforts — and Jones and his team clearly poured themselves into this project — Warcraft as a whole didn’t really work.
So naturally, Screen Junkies is here to unleash their Emmy-nominated brand of snark. The Warcraft Honest Trailer takes the film to task for delivering, essentially, “the world’s most expensive unskippable cutscene”… but hey, at least they’re willing to concede it’s a “gorgeous-looking” mess instead of a “crappy-looking” one.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Despite the best intentions of everyone involved, Warcraft failed to break the dreaded video game movie curse a few months ago. Still, there’s something to be said for a video game adaptation being an interesting and well-intentioned failure and not a raging garbage fire, as is often the default with this kind of movie. But with Warcraft disappearing into the horizon behind us, we must look forward to the next movie that will hopefully change the fortunes of the video game adaptation: Assassin’s Creed.
Honestly, it could go either way. Will a gallery of new images showcasing star Michael Fassbender in character change any minds? Probably not, even though it will remind you that a wacky science fiction/historical adventure from the director of 2015’s Macbeth exists and is out in just a few months.
If you played computer games in the 1990’s, then you probably remember Myst, the best-selling adventure puzzle game which took players around a magical island filled with mysterious secrets. Myst was responsible for accelerating the sales of CD-ROM drives and remained the bestselling PC game throughout the 1990s until The Sims exceeded its sales in 2002.
There has been this long-running rumor that Walt Disney Imagineering once considered turning Disney World’s Discovery Island into a Myst theme park. Myst creators, brothers Robyn and Rand Miller, have now confirmed they did work with Disney on a Myst attraction.
Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
There are already plenty of violence in video games, so creating a gem where you’re the iconic slasher Jason Vorhees just makes sense. That’s exactly what Gun Media Home Video and IllFonic are doing with Friday the 13th: The Game.
We got a tease of the forthcoming video game back in June with actual gameplay footage, but now a new trailer has come out of PAX West, showing a collection of brutal kills you can carry out as the hockey-masked killer. This video is very NSFW if people at your job would frown upon video game blood and murder. Seriously, there’s a lot of it, and it’s pretty damn brutal. So watch at ths Friday the 13th video game trailer your own risk. Read More »