Assassin's Creed Featurette

This holiday season, Hollywood will get yet another attempt at proving they can turn a video game into a decent movie. Warcraft wasn’t the hit that Legendary Pictures hoped it would be, even if it was the most successful video game movie of all time, so now 20th Century Fox is hoping Assassin’s Creed can do the trick.

Michael Fassbender stars in the movie about a man who is hooked up to a machine called The Animus that allows a team of scientists to tap into the experiences of his ancestors. A new Assassin’s Creed featurette dives into the science of the machine’s genetic time travel and explains how the concept of the video game is being adapted into a movie. Read More »

rampage movie

Adapting a video game with no story must be simultaneously freeing and terrifying, a chance to use a few basic building blocks to tell the story you want to tell while also having no established foundation to build upon. Maybe that’s why it has taken five years for a movie based on the 1986 arcade semi-classic Rampage to come together – giant monsters destroying cities is an inherently cinematic concept, but there is literally no story present here beyond “giant beasts punch skyscrapers into dust.”

But Rampage is happening now and the ever-busy Dwayne Johnson is set to star, reuniting with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton. While production on the video game adaptation isn’t set to begin until next year, Peyton is already answering questions about film. Specifically, how is this going to be a film at all?

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nintendo worlds universal studios

Back in 2015, we first learned that Universal Studios was teaming up with Nintendo to bring the video game company’s iconic characters and games into their theme parks. Details were scarce – which parks would feature Nintendo characters and how they’d be utilized remained unknown.

Today, the first official details have been revealed. Entire Nintendo-themed lands are being planned for Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan and adjectives like “expansive,” “immersive” and “interactive are being tossed around. Hit the jump to learn about the Nintendo Worlds coming to Universal Studios theme parks.

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assassin's creed clip

We’re less than a month away from the release of Assassin’s Creed and I can’t help but wonder if anyone outside of the faithful are prepared to lay down money to watch Michael Fassbender kind-of sort-of time travel into the distant past so he can stab people in the face. While these video games have a strong following (and a few of them have been genuinely great), I’ve yet to encounter any non-gamers who have greeted the trailers with anything more than a shrug. In a month where it has to battle the likes of Rogue One, Passengers, and Sing, Assassin’s Creed is far from a sure thing, even if it’s a good movie.

The first clip from the film has arrived and it shows off Fassbender and Marion Cotillard looking very intense in order to sell a potentially silly situation. Is this the kind of clip that 20th Century Fox’s marketing team thinks will get butts in seats? I have no idea. I just sit stand at the sidelines and shout at movie news all day.

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Tomb Raider story details

Producer Graham King (Allied) has said before the Tomb Raider reboot will show how Lara Croft became such an adventurous, globe-trotting archaeologist. Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) is set to play the British video game character in director Roar Uthaug‘s (The Wave) film, which King recently described as a “back to the roots story.” He also divulged details of Croft’s first adventure.

Below, get some Tomb Raider story details.

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Monster Hunter movie universee

The sixth and final installment in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, is (probably) the end of director Paul W.S. Anderson‘s series. He hasn’t directed all six Resident Evil movies, but he spent a lot of time in that universe, having made four of those extremely loose video game adaptations. Monster Hunter, based on Capcon’s highly successful 12-year-old fantasy series, is the next franchise Anderson hopes to start.

Below, director Paul W.S. Anderson discusses the Monster Hunter movie universe.

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‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie Gets a Director

Mortal Kombat Movie Director

A new Mortal Kombat movie has been in development for a few years already without much to show for it, to the point where it was easy to forget a Mortal Kombat movie was in development at all. But in recent months, we started hearing rumblings that the film was getting back on track. And now today, it’s taking a giant leap forward. Commercials director Simon McQuoid has been set to direct the video game adaptation, which is being produced by James Wan for New Line.
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the last of us movie

Of all the video games that hang out on the horizon and constantly promise to arrive and break the dreaded “video game movie curse” by actually being, you know, good, Uncharted and The Last of Us loom the largest. That’s no coincidence, as both games are the work of Naughty Dog, a developer that has always shown a keen interest in creating fascinating characters and telling terrific stories alongside their reliably strong gameplay.

We’ve covered the dramatic ups and downs of the Uncharted movie for years now, but The Last of Us (a serious-minded post-apocalyptic tale that plays like The Walking Dead with a conscience) has remained largely in the shadows since it was announced back in 2014. The handful of updates we have been given haven’t been especially hopeful…and the latest update doesn’t break that trend.

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Steve Carell To Star In ‘Minecraft: The Movie’

Steve Carell

The Office/40 Year Old Virgin star Steve Carell is in talks to join Warner Bros’ upcoming big-screen adaptation of the video game Minecraft. Hit the jump to learn more about the Steve Carell Minecraft casting.
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ubisoft netflix

Nobody outside of Netflix knows exactly how many people watch anything on everyone’s default streaming service, but the numbers are high enough for everyone involved to keep investing in original shows and movies. They’re also large enough to attract major talents. Netflix is responsible for an upcoming Will Smith movie. A Will Smith movie!

Which brings us to today’s little morsel of news: Ubisoft, the video game publisher responsible for its fair share of popular titles, is looking to get into the Netflix business. With a Ubisoft Netflix tv series possibly in the works, which video game property might they be looking at for a small screen tv show?

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