A ton of major video games are currently being developed in Hollywood. Just recently, Watch Dogs got started, we saw test footage from Warcraft and heard about Gran Turismo coming to life. Looking back further, games based on Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid and Mass Effect have been bubbling for several years. However, despite a few close calls, it doesn’t feel like any of them are closer to coming to the big screen.
That’s not the case, says producer Avi Arad. The man best known for producing the Spider-Man movies also has a big hand in producing those last three franchises. In a new interview, he offered up significant updates on them all. He says Uncharted will probably come first and that Metal Gear Solid is probably three years away. Though he’s had the Mass Effect rights since 2008, that one would likely come after the first two. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Super Mario Bros. is one of the most iconic video games of all time, one that’s remembered fondly by just about anyone who grew up in or around the 1980s. Super Mario Bros. the movie, on the other hand, is widely regarded an epic failure, and the start of Hollywood’s long, uninspiring history with video game-to-film adaptations.
Even so, there are those who have a soft spot for the picture, including writers Steven Applebaum and Ryan Hoss. The pair recalled that the 1993 film ended with the promise of a sequel that never came, and have now taken it upon themselves to deliver one at long last.
Teaming with original movie writer Parker Bennett, they’ve now delivered Super Mario Bros. 2, a online comic book detailing what, exactly, happened after Princess Daisy came charging back into the brothers’ lives. Hit the jump to get the details and check out the art.
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One of the most anticipated games on a next generation console is now a step closer to the big screen. Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs, which follows a man around Chicago with the ability to hack into anything, is being developed into a feature film by Sony Pictures and New Regency. The company announced the news at their Tuesday press conference about the November 15 release of the PlayStation 4.
Ubisoft had previously revealed they wanted to turn the property into a film, but Sony and New Regency’s involvement vaults the film ahead of other games like Far Cry and Rabbids.
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I love a good documentary, but I really love a good documentary about video games. The King of Kong and Indie Game were each on my best of lists their year of release and a new film has now been released exploring a new aspect of gaming. (Or, to me more accurate, an old one.)
I haven’t watched this film, so I can’t yet vouch for its quality but here’s the good news. We call call watch it right now. The film is called The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time and it tells the story of the golden age of arcades by following several subjects who’ve made it their life’s work to restore and collect old stand-up games. It’s directed by Jeff Von Ward and is currently available for download and via Amazon Instant Video. Check out a trailer below and get a link to the full movie. Read More »
One of the few internet trends that constantly makes me smile is the one where people give 8-bit makeovers to well-known properties. Tron: Legacy and Watchmen are two of the many that come to mind. Now we have Blade Runner. The team at CineFix has taken the Ridley Scott 1982 classic and given it a distinct, Nintendo feel. Check it out below. Read More »
Nintendo has some of the most well-known video game characters in the world, and you’d think that the company would be happy to turn them into feature movie stars. But the company’s first major foray into the film world turned into quite an embarrassment. Super Mario Brothers really hurt the chances for other Nintendo characters to make the leap to the big screen.
That hasn’t stopped companies from trying to get Nintendo’s attention, however, and several years ago the once-troubled company Imagi (TMNT, Astro Boy) pitched Nintendo on a Legend of Zelda film. A video that is billed as the animated Zelda pitch reel has shown up online, courtesy of former Imagi DP and layout supervisor Adam Holmes.
The design in the pitch is close to the look of Twilight Princess, which was the current Zelda release at the time. Check out the reel below. Read More »
Indie Game: The Movie was one of the ten best films I saw last year. Currently available on Netflix, the documentary directed by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky follows the development of three independent video games. You can read my full review here for more details.
This week, the filmmakers are doing something truly awesome and fitting. Since it’s a movie about video games, they’re offering exclusive downloadable content. Paramount among the new offerings are almost two hours of new short films and epilogues following the people in the film. But there’s also new commentaries and Steam exclusives such as achievements, online trading cards and more. The whole thing is now available for instant download.
Check out the trailer for Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Fox’s Turbo got off to a snail-paced start this past weekend, but evidently that isn’t slowing down Hollywood’s affection for very fast cars. Sony has just put into development an adaptation of Gran Turismo, the popular PlayStation game series by Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Digital.
Helping to guide the project to the screen will be Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, the producing duo behind Sam Taylor-Johnson’s buzzy Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation. Hit the jump for more details.
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