Video game movies coming soon

It’s no secret that the majority of movies based on video games are not very good. We’re not talking about movies set in the world of gaming or featuring fictional and real video games like TRON, Wreck-It Ralph, and this week’s release of Pixels. We’re talking about movies based on an existing video game title being brought to the big screen.

The first video game movie was Super Mario Bros. in 1993, and while that movie should have been terrible enough to kill the entire subgenre (the recent Honest Trailer for the film illustrates that pretty well), there have been about 26 video game movies released theatrically since then, and not one of them deserves to be called great (many of them can’t even be called okay).

However, there might be a chance that the future has some genuinely good video game movies on the horizon, that is if the talent attached to some forthcoming projects is any indicator. Below, we look at seven forthcoming video game movies that could break the apparent curse that plagues the subgenre.

Check out some promising video game movies coming soon after the jump!
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‘Splinter Cell’ Movie Gets New Writer

Splinter Cell writer

It’s been a while since UbiSoft announced a set of films that includes Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell, with top-notch talent attached to each project to produce and star. But we haven’t seen anything actually go in front of cameras yet, even if Assassin’s Creed seems to be getting close, as it adds actors to its roster.

For Splinter Cell, meanwhile, which has Tom Hardy attached to star, it’s time for a new script draft. Actor/writer Frank John Hughes will work on the new draft.  Read More »

Doug Liman Splinter Cell

Doug Liman came on board Ubisoft’s film production efforts when he signed to direct Splinter Cell earlier this year. Actor Tom Hardy is set to star in the film as black ops agent Sam Fisher, and is producing the film as well. Obviously, while Michael Ironside voiced most game incarnations of the character, Ubi is going a bit younger for the screen incarnation.

That has led to questions. Will this be the same character, seen prior to many of the in-game adventures, effectively making this a prequel story? Or is it a simple situation in which details necessarily change as part of the adaptation process? Liman hasn’t talked much about the adaptation, but in a new interview does say that everything about the big-screen Splinter Cell “will be younger.” Read More »

Splinter Cell movie

The Splinter Cell movie took a big leap forward earlier this month when Doug Liman signed on to direct, and now it’s taking another. Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) has been tapped to write a new draft of the screenplay, taking over for Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle). Tom Hardy is still set for the lead role.

Get all the latest updates on the project after the jump.  Read More »

Doug Liman

The Splinter Cell movie just took a big step forward. Director Doug Liman is in final talks to helm the popular Tom Clancy video game adaptation, which will star Tom Hardy as a highly trained secret agent on the hunt for terrorists. The hope is to start filming this summer for a 2015 release.  Read More »