assassins creed movie

Yesterday, Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts gave us an extensive Metal Gear Solid movie update. Today, I want to share another part of that conversation: I asked Jordan why most video game movies suck. It’s a question that this video game fanatic and film director has thought long and hard about, and he has some thoughts on the matter.

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Metal Gear Solid movie

It’s been almost three years since it was announced that director Jordan Vogt-Roberts was developing a movie based on the popular Metal Gear Solid video game series. While catching up with Jordan to talk about his new film Kong: Skull Island (finally, a monster movie that delivers on the big monster action!), I got an update on the movie adaptation. Get the extensive Metal Gear Solid movie update after the jump.

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Bioshock

Way back in 2008, before A Cure for Wellness was even a twinkle in his eye, Gore Verbinski had plans to direct the Bioshock movie. But just as things seemed to be coming together, they all fall apart. In spring 2009, Universal abruptly pulled the plug over concerns about its ballooning budget, and by summer 2009, he’d ditched the video game movie entirely.

Still, that hasn’t stopped some fans from wondering what might have been and how it all went wrong. So recently, Verbinski addressed what, exactly, happened on that movie, and whether he would ever consider returning to it again.  Read More »

castlevania netflix series

Yesterday Netflix announced Castlevania season 1, part 1 is coming out later this year. Adi Shankar (Dredd), comic book writer Warren Ellis (Planetary), and executive producer Fred Seibert (Adventure Time) are working on the animated series, which Shankar says has a “Game of Thrones vibe to it.” He also guarantees it’ll conclude “the streak and be the western world’s first good video game adaptation.”

Below, read what else Shankar had to say about the Castlevania Netflix series.

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castlevania show

Castlevania season 1, part 1 is coming to Netflix this year. This week, Netflix made more than a few announcements about their upcoming programming, including this video game adaptation. The “dark” and “satirical” animated series hails from producer Adi Shankar (Dredd), comic book writer Warren Ellis (Planetary), and the executive producer of Adventure Time, Fred Seibert, who’s also the founder and CEO of Frederator Studios.

Below, learn more about Netflix’s Castlevania show.

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Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins teaser trailer

Way back in the simpler days of 2011, writer-director-actor Evan Glodell made a big splash with his debut feature, Bellflower. The pre-apocalyptic romance felt both familiar (it’s an extended Mad Max riff) and totally new (but have you ever seen an extended Mad Max homage that was also a bittersweet breakup story?), and heralded Glodell as a scrappy young talent to watch.

But then Glodell kind of disappeared from view. It’s only now he’s finally returned, with a brand-new film called Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins. While Glodell doesn’t write and direct this time — that honor goes to first-timer Jonathan Keevil — the movie seems to be very much in a similar vein as his earlier effort, combining ’80s nostalgia and emotional personal drama in one eye-catching package. Oh, and it also reunites Glodell with his Bellflower co-star Tyler Dawson. In short, if you loved Bellflower, you’ll definitely want to check this out. Watch the Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins teaser trailer below.  Read More »

Tomb Raider

Dominic West (The Affair) will play Lara Croft’s (Alicia Vikander) father in Tomb Raider. West has a pivotal role in Roar Uthaug‘s (The Wave) video game adaptation/reboot, which involves the titular character searching for her father. Production on the reboot began only a few days ago in South Africa.

Below, learn more about the Dominic West Tomb Raider casting.

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Resident Evil recap

Over the course of five Resident Evil movies, we still haven’t learned a whole lot about Alice (Milla Jovovich). She’s a character driven more by action, but her actions often don’t define her in any substantial or tangible ways. She’s often shooting her way through these movies — mostly surviving, rarely evolving.

The character is always on the move. She’s nearly always driving the story, creating more action than waiting to react. Alice rarely stops to doubt her missions or to self-reflect or chit-chat. This character and these movies aren’t prone to slowing down and stopping, unless it’s for exposition. Perhaps you’ve forgotten some of that exposition and pertinent information after all these years since the last installment in the series, 2012’s Resident Evil: Retribution.

If you want to brush up on the events of the franchise before seeing director Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, then give our Resident Evil recap a look.

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Apocalypse Now Video Game

Whenever I get the itch to sit down and watch Apocalypse Now, I always lament the fact that I can’t follow it up by playing a video game that allows me to venture into the horrors of the Vietnam War, all while listening to the insane ramblings of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz. Now I won’t have to worry about that anymore.

A new Kickstarter project has begun, in association with director Francis Ford Coppola and his American Zoetrope production banner, to create an RPG video game based on the classic 1979 movie starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper and more.

Find out more about the Apocalypse Now video game after the jump. Read More »

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The Avengers Video Game

Even though we know there won’t be any video games set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that’s not stopping Marvel Entertainment from taking advantage of their huge roster of comic book characters for some big video game titles.

Today, Marvel Entertainment and video game studios Square Enix announced a multi-year, multi-game licensing agreement to develop and publish original games based on beloved Marvel Comics superheroes, and the first project out of the gate will be The Avengers video game. Find out more after the jump. Read More »