Fruit Ninja Movie

This past weekend, The Angry Birds knocked Captain America: Civil War out of the top box office spot like the superheroes had stolen their eggs. The animated movie raked in about $39 million for the #1 spot, but before that success had even been locked down, another mobile game was already revealed to get the big screen treatment.

A Fruit Ninja movie is now in development, based on the hit mobile game of the same name that debuted in 2010 and has since been downloaded over a billions times. But don’t expect another animated movie like Angry Birds received, because this is going to be a live-action family comedy. How wonderful. Read More »

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Wreck-It Ralph honest trailer
Screen Junkies has returned with an Honest Trailer for one of the best video game movies of all time, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck It Ralph. This is timely especially with all the talk of a possible sequel being in the works. Hit the jump to watch a four minute trailer lampooning Rich Moore‘s beloved computer animated film.
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Nintendo Animated Movies

Last summer, Nintendo creative mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto indicated that the video game company was looking to get back in the feature film business. Nintendo has been unwilling to turn their video games into movies ever since the awful Super Mario Bros. movie arrived in 1993, so this was big news for fans who have been hoping to see The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, StarFox or other video game properties turned into movies.

Nintendo isn’t rushing into anything, but it sounds like the company is getting closer to making something happen on the big screen. However, don’t expect to see your favorite video game characters entering the live-action world, because Nintendo wants to get in the animated movie game. Read More »

tetris movie

When a Tetris movie was announced a few years ago, the world reacted as you’d expect – with guffaws and the shaking of heads. It sounded like a joke from a goofy comedy set in a wacky version of Hollywood where people are stupid enough to make a Tetris movie. It sounded like the kind of thing that was never going to happen because who the hell would actually fund this thing and who the hell would actually go see it?

However, we made the same mistake so many people have made throughout human history. We didn’t heed the warnings. We didn’t take the threat seriously. And now, the Tetris movie has reared its ugly, blocky, multi-colored head once more…as a trilogy.

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warcraft facial capture

It’s not often that I get invited down to Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, CA, but when the invite is thrown my way it’s usually to see something cool. Earlier this month I traveled up north to see how filmmaker Duncan Jones used ILM to create the orcs in his big screen adaptation Warcraft, based on the popular Blizzard video game series.

I’ll be completely honest with you: the marketing for this movie had done little to convince me that it was a film I wanted to see. I’m not a video gamer and have never played World of Warcraft, and to be completely honest, I’m not a big fantasy (orcs, wizards, dungeons and dragons) type of guy. But I’m a big fan of Duncan Jones and that alone had me continuously searching for reasons.

So I hopped on a plane and visited the visual effects house that George Lucas built, hoping I would be wowed. The filmmakers behind the movie pulled the curtain back to show us how the magic was created, and that in itself was not only very interesting but very impressive. So hit the jump and learn why ILM considers the Warcraft facial capture advancements to be groundbreaking.

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Warcraft Trailer Recreated

The jury is still out as to whether or not Moon director Duncan Jones will deliver a worthy adaptation of the popular video game Warcraft. While the visual effects look stunning, the movie looks like it could be a little too deep of a fantasy for the niche video game audience familiar with the title. But then again, Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, so maybe people are ready for this.

For any of you video game fans who aren’t convinced to see the movie, maybe you’d rather see the Warcraft trailer recreated in the familiar video game world you love. One fan has created an extremely impressive shot-for-shot remake of the full Warcraft movie trailer by using the World of Warcraft video game. Read More »

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Missile Command Movie

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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assassin's creed trailer breakdown

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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