Animated Super Mario Bros movie

The last time a US company made a movie based on Super Mario Bros., things did not go so well. The terrible production, awful film and disappointing results pretty much soured Nintendo on making live-action movies of their characters, period. Still, the popular video game company did continue to make some animated films, mostly based on Pokemon. It seems they were more open to that idea with their iconic roster of characters.

Now, revealed in the mountain of leaked e-mails coming from Sony was the revelation that producer Avi Arad (Spider-Man) was in the process of securing the rights for Sony to make an animated Super Mario Bros movie. Read More »

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Why Shawn Levy Left the ‘Minecraft’ Movie

Minecraft

Warner Bros.’ video game adaptation Minecraft suffered a big blow this week when director Shawn Levy abruptly left the project, just a couple of months after he originally signed on. Now he’s coming clean about his reasons for dropping out.

At the simplest level, it boils down to “creative differences” — what Levy envisioned and what Minecraft maker Mojang wanted were two different things. Get the truth behind the Shawn Levy Minecraft movie exit, and find out what the Shawn Levy Minecraft movie would have been, after the jump. Read More »

Sega game adaptations

Sega just realized that it has a bunch of video game properties that could potentially be adapted to film, TV, and digital series. OK, maybe the company didn’t just realize this, but it is just putting plans in motion to exploit titles such as Shinobi and Altered Beast. At this point we don’t know what will end up as film, and what might be on TV as live-action or animation, but Sega is taking control of its own development efforts just as UbiSoft did before it. Read More »

Shawn Levy Won’t Direct ‘Minecraft’ Movie

Minecraft

Last month it was reported that Real Steel/Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy would helm a big screen adaptation of the popular video game Minecraft. Now it turns out that Levy won’t direct the movie after all. Justin Kroll has learned that “Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney have decided to leave” after the filmmaker and writers presented a new idea to Warner Bros last month but “it didn’t mesh with what the video game developers were looking for.” So the studio will explore other options.

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Ready Player One director

If you thought the idea of Christopher Nolan directing Ready Player One was crazy, you may want to sit down for a second.

Earlier this week, we reported that Warner Bros. was reportedly courting the Intersteller director to helm the sci-fi adventure film, written by Zak Penn based on a book by Ernie Cline. It seemed like a pipe dream – Nolan generally develops his own screenplays – but it hinted at the confidence Warner Bros. had in the new script.

Well, it turns out that confidence is very real. Ain’t it Cool News reports not only is Warner Bros. talking to Nolan about it, they’re also looking at Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn. Read more about the Ready Player One director short list below. Read More »

ready player one movie

The odds of this happening are akin to successfully navigating an asteroid field, but it’s just so fun we had to pass it along. One site is reporting that Warner Bros. has offered Christopher Nolan the opportunity to direct Ready Player One, Ernie Cline‘s pop culture-infused sci-fi adventure, adapted by Zak Penn.

Recently, we reported that Penn’s script had been turned into the studio. If they like it, the timing is right to go out to directors. However, you have to think that Warner Bros. offers Nolan every single movie they have. If he wanted to direct Justice League, Wonder Woman, another Batman movie or The Hobbit, he could. So the question is, if this happened at all, would Christopher Nolan ever direct this film? Also, what does the offer say about the state of the property? Read more about Christopher Nolan Ready Player One below. Read More »

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Maisie Williams Last of Us

Talk of Maisie Williams playing one of the two lead roles in video game adaptation The Last of Us began this past summer at Comic Con when producer Sam Raimi and The Last of Us video game creative director, Neil Druckmann, who is scripting the film, announced the development during Screen Gems’ panel. During that conversation Raimi mentioned that he had met with the young Game of Thrones actress to play Ellie, the young woman who navigates a sort of post-apocalyptic world after a viral pandemic ravages humanity.

In the months since that announcement, Williams has talked optimistically about The Last of Us, though no official cast announcement has been forthcoming. Now she says that “at the moment, it’s looking like ‘yes’,” despite the project still being in development. Read More »

ready player one movie

Fans of pop culture and video games have probably been waiting to hear what’s up with Ready Player One. Based on the book of the same title by Ernie Cline, the film rights were scooped up by Warner Bros. way back in 2010. Most recently we heard Zak Penn had taken over screenwriting duties on the project, which is about a futuristic world where everyone lives in a virtual reality. The man who created that reality dies, which starts a Willy Wonka-esque quest for its players to win his multi-billion dollar fortune. To win, they’ll have to exhibit aptitude in the things he loved growing up. Mainly, eighties movies, music and video games.

In a new interview with Penn, he’s confirmed the script for the Ready Player One movie is done and says one of the issues that may hold the film back from being what he imagined is licensing all the video games. Read about that, and how Penn cracked some of the book’s amazing visuals, below. Read More »

Watch the Doc ‘Atari: Game Over’ Now for Free

watch Atari: Game Over

When a landfill in New Mexico was dug up last year, with those involved hoping to exhume thousands of dumped copies of Atari’s terrible E.T. video game, the whole event was captured on camera for a documentary. That doc is Atari: Game Over, directed by Zak Penn, and it is now available online. Thanks to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, you can watch Atari: Game Over for free. Read More »