Video game based movies have crept into Hollywood’s framework of late in a big way, with particular emphasis being put on Duncan Jones’ very recent adaptation of World of Warcraft, and Assassin’s Creed coming to a cinema near you in time for Christmas.
The market for film adaptations of video games has risen considerably in recent times, packing some real punch at the box office and astounding gawking critics everywhere; after all, £70 million gross profit isn’t bad for an Angry Birds movie, is it?
It only made sense for Hollywood to put some serious weight behind this possible fad, and although many of these productions are moving extremely slowly, none are in what those in the know call “development hell” (a state of total disarray).
Here’s every upcoming video game adaptation – take a deep breath:
Assassin’s Creed, December 21 2016
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, February 24 2017
Uncharted, June 29 2017
The Witcher TBC
Sonic the Hedghog, sometime in 2018
RollerCoaster Tycoon TBC
Raving Rabbids TBC
Mortal Kombat TBC
Mass Effect TBC
Splinter Cell TBC
Tomb Raider TBC
Sly Cooper TBC
Missile Command, TBC
Deus Ex, TBC
The Division, TBC
Five Nights at Freddy’s, TBC
God of War, TBC
With a list as long as that, we have to hope that we’ll get at least one decent video game movie adaptation out of it, don’t we?
It doesn’t bode well that most of these upcoming planned movies don’t have release dates, and it leaves us wondering if the studios are really putting much effort into the production of these films at all.
Sure, recent blockbusters have given video game movies a chance, but it doesn’t look like it’s really being taken seriously by the powers that be.
Most of these projects were first announced years ago, and have managed to stumble through a minefield of production pitfalls, rather than blazing through the Hollywood battleground with glory.
It’s a miracle, frankly, that they managed to bag Michael Fassbender for the Assassin’s Creed movie, although we sincerely hope the trend of A-listers in video game movies continues.
Maybe we’re reading too much into it, but we can’t worrying about the future of gaming films. The fear is, of course, that the people behind all the major decisions at the studio don’t really understand what these films are supposed to be about.
Still, we live in hope…