28 video games being made into movies... Will they suck?
December 17, 7:41 AM
by Quibian Salazar-Moreno, Video Game Examiner
With the un-success of Max Payne and Postal this year, you would think Hollywood would stay away from making video games into movies. But as stubborn as Hollywood is, of course that isn’t the case. We found 28 video games that Hollywood is currently producing into films or announced that they will be producing into a film in the next few years. Will these video game movies suck as bad as the video game movies of years past?
Mortal Kombat (2010) – Yes, it’s yet another Mortal Kombat movie. Although the film hasn’t been cast, it’s rumored that Christopher Lambert will play as Raiden again. I think he may a bit too old nowadays. The screenplay is being written by Sean Catherine Derek who has written for animated shows like Spider-Man, Batman, and The Smurfs! The film is in pre-production
Spy Hunter (2009) – This was announced not too long ago with director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Alien vs. Predator) attached to direct. There are a number of writers attached to the film including Stuart Beattie who wrote Australia, 30 Days of Night, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End. No casting has been announced but the film is in pre-production.
Tekken (2009) - Tekken is currently in post-production. It was directed by Dwight H Little (Prison Break, Bones, 24) and written by a few people including Michael Colleary (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Faceoff). The cast is mostly unknown but folks may recognize Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Heroes, Pearl Harbor) as Heihachi. Next summer maybe?
Driver (2010) – Driver, based on the Atari game, is currently on hold. Last we heard, the film was to be written and directed by Roger Avary who wrote and directed Killing Zoe, wrote Beowulf, Silent Hill and helped out Quentin Tarantino on Reservoir Dogs, True Romance and Pulp Fiction.
Splinter Cell (2010) – This one looks like it’s in limbo too. According to Wikipedia, Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) was attached to direct and J.T. Petty, who wrote the Splinter Cell games, was attached to write, but neither are attached to the film now. Paramount has the rights but nothing is going on.
Fear Effect (2008) – Based on the great game from Eidos, everyone’s favorite video game movie director Uwe Boll (sarcasm) was originally attached to direct but now it’s Stanley Tong, who has directed a bunch of Hong Kong action flicks. The film is being written by Mark A. Altman who wrote the House of the Dead movies. The film is in production, but apparently there’s no cast? I would be surprised if it dropped in 2009.
Halo (2009) – There’s been a bit of drama behind this one. Alex Garland (28 Days Later) wrote a script, it was rewritten by author D.B. Weiss and Josh Olson (A History of Violence). The film is supposed to be executive produced by Peter Jackson with Neill Blomkamp, a short film director, to direct. Blomkamp said the film is dead, Jackson said it’s going to happen. Who knows when?
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) – This is currently in production with Jake Gyllenhaal as your prince. The film is being directed by Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and written by Jordan Mechner who wrote the video games. It’s coming to a theatre near you, probably in the summer of 2010.
Castlevania (2009) – The movie is supposed to focus on the origin of the beef between the Belmont crew and Dracula. It’s apparently in pre-production with Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) as director and Paul W.S. Anderson as the writer. There’s no cast. And it doesn’t look like it’ll come out next year.
Cold Fear (2008) – Based on the 2005 UbiSoft game, the most that was ever said about this movie is that the rights were acquired by Avatar Films and Sekretagent Productions. No word on a director, writer, cast or even if the movie is still being made.
Warcraft (2009)/World of Warcraft (2011) – It looks there are two movies in the works based off of the Warcraft universe. The first is simply called Warcraft with a screenplay written by Chris Metzen who write the scripts for the Warcraft video games plus Diablo and Starcraft. No casting or director has been announced. There is another film in the IMDB database called World of Warcraft, but there’s no information available on that one.
Metal Gear Solid (2009) – The Metal Gear Solid movie is being directed by Kurt Wimmer who is the man behind such classics as Equilibrium and Ultraviolet. The screenplay will apparently be written by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, which he sort of confirmed at the 2008 Spike TV Video Games Awards.
Clock Tower (2009) – This film was announced awhile back, based on the popular survival horror game from Capcom. Martin Weisz (The Hills Have Eyes II, 60 Seconds) is slated to direct while Brittany Snow (The Pacifier, Prom Night) is set to star. The film will include elements from all four games but have its own story.
The Suffering (2009) – This film was announced back in 2005 when the second video game from Midway Games hit store shelves. Three years later, there isn’t a screenplay or director attached. So far, all they have is Chiwetel Ejiofor (American Gangster, Inside Man) cast as the main character, Torque.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) - We’re sure you’ve heard about this one because it actually has a release date! February 27, 2009. It’s directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak (Doom, Cradle 2 the Grave, Romeo Must Die) and stars Kristen Kreuk (Lana Lang on Smallville) as Chun Li. You can get more info here.
Onimusha (2009) – Last we heard, the film was indefinitely put on hold. Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf) was attached to direct but everything was put on hold because of Heath Ledger’s death. No, he wasn’t cast in the movie but look at the details here.
Kane & Lynch (2009) – Not very many people liked the Eidos video game, but apparently Hollywood liked the story. Last we heard is Simon Crane (an assistant director on Hancock, Troy) is attached to direct and Bruce Willis was actually in negotiations to play the part as Kane. No other casting info was available.
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars (2010) – All we have here is an announcement of game creator Charles Cecil trying to bring the Broken Sword series to the silver screen. There are four games and he’s hoping for four films, starting with the first game, The Shadow of the Templars. No casting or director has been announced.
King of Fighters (2010) – Gordon Chan, who is known for Hong Kong action films, is directing the film and will star Maggie Q, Sean Faris, Will Yun Lee and Ray Park. The film is currently in production in Canada.
Joust (2010) – Yes, it’s based on the video game that came out in the 80’s. We haven’t found a director or any casting announcements but apparently it’s supposed to be a mix of Gladiator and Mad Max but futuristic. Midway Games is hoping to restart the game franchise when the movie comes out.
The Legend of Spyro (2009) – Don’t worry, Spyro isn’t going live action. The movie will be an animated film with Elijah Wood reprising his role as Spyro and Gary Oldman as Ignitus. Not sure which movie studio will be behind this one. Dreamworks maybe?
Sabotage 1943 (2009) – Everyone’s favorite video game movie director Uwe Boll is behind this one. Also known as Velvet Assassin, the game is based on a British spy during the time of World War II. And if you’re wondering why you haven’t heard of this game, it’s because it doesn’t even come out until next year!
Resident Evil 4 (2010) – In October, Paul W.S. Anderson, writer and producer of the Resident Evil films, said that he will begin working on the fourth Resident Evil film after he’s finished working on the remake film Long Good Friday. We’re sure Milla Jovovich will reprise her role.
Bioshock (2010) – Yes, it’s scheduled for the summer of 2010. The film will be directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Ring) and written by John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator) of course with help from game creator Ken Levine.
Earthworm Jim (2010) – Earthworm Jim was a classic character on the Nintendo systems and its creator Douglas TenNapel is looking to bring him to the big screen. TenNapel is directing and most likely writing the film and since his direction experience is in animation, we guess we can expect the film to be animated?
God of War (2010) – Depending on how you feel about the Rush Hour films and X-Men: The Last Stand will determine how you feel about Brett Ratner directing the upcoming God of War film. No other casting news has been announced, but who would make a good Kratos?
Gears of War (2010) – Creator Cliff Bleszinski is executive producing with Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) attached to direct and Chris Morgan (Wanted, Cellular) penning the script. Bleszinki guarantees that he will make “a video game movie that doesn’t suck.”
Area 51 (2011) – Back in 2004, Paramount Pictures said they were making this video game into a movie. They hired a screenwriter to adapt, Grant Morrison who is an accomplished comic book author, but the film is still in “development.”