The Last of Us

The Last of Us

What’s it about? Set 20 years after a mutant fungus has ravaged the United States, turning human hosts into cannibalistic monsters, the story follows a survivor named Joel tasked with smuggling a young girl named Ellie into the hands of a rebel group opposing the quarantine zone authorities that enforce a brutal martial law in the wake of the outbreak. Ellie may hold the key to finding a cure to the fungal outbreak, and whilst en route the two face the infected, official troops, and gangs of other survivors.

Why does it sound good? Aside from the cool story, Sam Raimi is producing the film adaptation through his Ghost House Pictures banner and Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams has been linked to the role of Ellie, something that fans of the game have been clamoring for since it was released. Writer Neil Druckmann has promised that the movie will be pretty faithful to the video game story, which is pretty raw and brutal at times — ok, make that incredibly raw — but there will be big changes too, hopefully enough to make it stand out from the usual pack of video game movies.

When can we see it? No release date has been revealed, and progress likely depends on the shooting schedule that Williams has for Game of Thrones.

Portal - No Escape

Portal

What’s it about? The story follows a human woman, Chell, forced to undergo a series of tests within the Aperture Science Enrichment Center by a malicious artificial intelligence computer, GLaDOS, that controls the facility. Each test involves using the “Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device” – the “portal gun” – that creates a human-sized wormhole-like connection between nearly any two flat surfaces. The sequel finds Chell awoken from suspended animation after many years, who must navigate the now-dilapidated Aperture Science Enrichment Center during its reconstruction by the reactivated GLaDOS.

Why does it sound good? The idea of a portal gun used in an action adventure movie is something fun in itself. We got a taste of what that could be like in X-Men: Days of Future Past and the final action sequence of Thor: The Dark World, but using something like the portal gun in a sci-fi movie would be something completely different. A short film by Dan Trachtenberg called Portal: No Escape (pictured above) actually showed off how cool this could be.

Bad Robot and game creator Valve were said to be teaming up for a Portal film adaptation back in 2013, but since then we haven’t heard anything on that front. But knowing that J.J. Abrams and Valve’s Gabe Newell wanted to work together to bring the company’s video game to the big screen, we’re hoping that means they’ve got a good idea how to transfer the story of Portal to the big screen. As a video game it works due to the puzzles for players to solve with the aid of the portal gun, but it’s not clear how that will work. But the prospect is exciting.

When can we expect it? Bad Robot has been pretty busy with the Star Trek franchise and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but once Abrams is finished bringing the sci-fi saga back to theaters, maybe he’ll focus on bringing Portal to the big screen.

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There’s a whole slew of other video games on the way like Angry Birds, Gran Turismo, Shadow of the Colossus, Rampage, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Mass Effect, a reboot of Tomb Raider and the final Resident Evil movie. That’s just some of the 30+ video game movies that have been revealed to be in development.

Are there any other video game movies you’re looking forward to?

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