Gears of War Movie

Hollywood has been trying to make a movie based on the popular Gears of War video game franchise since 2007, shortly after the first game became a huge hit for the Xbox 360. The most recent attempt is in the hands of Universal, who is collaborating with Microsoft on the project. Last we heard anything about the project was the hiring of F. Scott Frazier, who wrote xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, to script the movie. But now some new details on what fans can expect from the Gears of War movie have surfaced thanks to The Coalition video game studio head Rod Fergusson. Read More »

the division movie

Video game movies haven’t had much luck on the big screen – so maybe Netflix is the solution. At least that’s what Ubisoft is hoping, as The Division movie, based on the Tom Clancy online video game, heads to the streaming service. Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain have been attached to the project for a while now, and will remain the stars for the Netflix film. Deadpool 2‘s David Leitch is set to direct.

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uncharted release date

The movie adaptation of the hit video game franchise Uncharted has had such a steep and rocky road to the big screen that even its intrepid hero Nathan Drake would have trouble navigating it. But it looks like Uncharted has finally charted a course to theaters. Sony has set the Uncharted movie release date for December 2020, bringing the Tom Holland-starring adaptation swinging into theaters just in time for the holidays.

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sonic the hedgehog movie release date

See you next year, Sonic. The Sonic the Hedgehog movie was supposed to speed into theaters this November – and then everyone saw the trailer. The reaction was overwhelmingly negative, with many wondering why the movie’s version of Sonic looked so terrible. Rather than shrug it off, the folks behind the film took the criticism to heart, and quickly announced they’d be redesigning the look of the character. That redesign is going to take a lot of work, which means there’s no way the film could keep its original release. As a result, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie release date has shifted to early next year.

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Just Cause movie

If you threw some comic books, a couple third-person shooter video games, and some B-list action films from the 1980s into a special Movie Blender™, you’d probably end up with the John Wick movies. Then again, depending on the specific content of those ingredients, you might instead end up with the destruction-heavy adventure story Just Cause.

So it’s no surprise, then, that John Wick trilogy writer Derek Kolstad has been hired to write the script for a Just Cause movie based on those games. Read more about that franchise (and watch some truly insane gameplay videos) below.
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New Mortal Kombat Movie Release Date

A new crack at adapting the fighting video game Mortal Kombat for the big screen has been in the works for years. Now the project finally sounds like it’s becoming a reality. Not only did South Australia Premier Steven Marshall earlier this month that the film would shoot in Adelaide, Australia later this year, but Warner Bros. Pictures has given the new Mortal Kombat movie a spring 2021 release date. Read More »

Detective Pikachu and Nostalgia

Like many, many people, I grew up absolutely obsessed with Pokémon. I watched every single episode of the anime, wanting to be the very best. I played the games, and catching them was my real test, and of course I had way too much merchandise. With time, I stopped caring about the franchise, and moved on to other things.

Then the trailer for Detective Pikachu dropped and I could not believe what I was seeing. It was like they took every daydream I had as a kid and turned it into a multimillion-dollar blockbuster. The movie looked fantastic, and the design of the Pokémon is perfect, even if we weren’t prepared for a furry Pikachu. But the most surprising part of the movie was the main character, Tim (played by Justice Smith). And it awakened something in me.

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Detective Pikachu and Pokemon Snap

Those maniacs went ahead and did it. They finally made a life-action Pokémon movie that brings the world of Pikachu, Bulbasaur and even the nightmare-inducing Mr. Mime to life. It’s been 21 years since both the first games, Pokémon Red and Blue, and the anime premiered in the US in September 1998. Since then we’ve got more than a thousand episodes of an anime series, 21 animated movies and over 30 video games, but all of those mostly showed the Pokémon as collectable trophies or the combatants in cute dog-fights until Detective Pikachu came along and showed a world where humans and Pokémon exist in harmony.

Except the movie wasn’t the first to try and do something different with the ‘Pocket Monsters’ besides fighting and catching them. Twenty years before Pikachu became addicted to caffeine, a video game showed us what a world actually filled with Pokémon would look like. That game was Pokémon Snap.

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Detective Pikachu Screenwriter Interview

Pokemon has been many things: card games, video games, animated series, animated movies, and now the live-action movie Detective Pikachu. Well, live-action with CGI Pokemon who fit seamlessly into the world of Ryme City.

Tim (Justice Smith) travels to Ryme City to collect his dead estranged father’s things. When his dad’s partner, Detective Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) shows up, Tim finds he can hear Pikachu speaking English, unlike the usual Pokemon language. Together, Tim and Pikachu try to solve the mystery of what happened to Tim’s father.

Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit wrote Detective Pikachu and spoke with /Film by phone last week. They discussed adapting the Pokemon world and Detective Pikachu specifically. Detective Pikachu opens Friday, May 10.

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The goal of Pokemon is to catch ’em all, and you’ll find a lot of them in Detective Pikachu. The live-action adaptation of the video game includes lots of Pokemon from many different games from across the franchise.

In the film, Tim (Justice Smith) has given up Pokemon until his father’s sudden death brings him into contact with Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). Tim and Pikachu investigate Ryme City to discover the cause of Tim’s father’s death, and guess what? It involves a lot of other Pokemon.

Rob Letterman directed Detective Pikachu and he spoke with /Film by phone last week about filling the movie with Pokemon Easter eggs. Detective Pikachu opens Friday, May 10.

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