Many of us are not fans of video game films. Something always seems to go wrong between the adoption of a great idea and its execution, leaving us with an archive of bad writing and unnecessary action. The results can be devastating. Every once in a while you'll wonder if it should all just end... but it won't!
These Movie Adaptations Of Video Games Will Be Coming Soon To A Screen Near You
One thing's for sure—developers and production companies don't seem to be holding back. With the sheer number of projects coming to fruition in the next few years, it's nearly impossible to keep from getting excited about it all!
The following films are in development or have been confirmed for production within the last year.
'Altered Beast' - TBA
Production Company: Stories International & Circles of Confusion
In December 2016, Variety reported that Sega-favorite, Altered Beast, is set to be produced by Stories International and Circles of Confusion. Street Rage, another Sega gem, is on the table for these folks as well.
'Angry Birds 2' - TBA
Production Company: Rovio Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks
The surprising box office success of the first Angry Birds film lead to Rovio Entertainment greenlighting a sequel in August of 2016. No news has been heard since then—that's probably a good thing!
'Borderlands' - TBA
Production Company: Lionsgate
A film based on Take Two and Gearbox's #Borderlands recently went into development under Lionsgate. Avi and Ari Arad of Iron Man, Spiderman and X-Men production fame have also been attached to this project.
'Dragon's Lair' - TBA
Production Company: Don Bluth & Gary Goldman
Dragon's Lair is probably the ripest source for adaptation. The game itself—originally animated by the director of An American Tail and The Land Before Time—was more of an interactive film than a button masher in the classic sense. After raising some money on IndieGogo for a pitch reel, the film appears to be far along in the production process.
'Firewatch' - TBA
Production Company: Good Universe & Campo Santo
In September 2016, The Hollywood Reporter announced that a #Firewatch film is set to be produced under a joint project between Good Universe and Firewatch developer, Campo Santo. Their project is meant to bring filmmakers and game developers together—hopefully for good and not for the evil that video game films tend to be!
'Fruit Ninja' - TBA
Production Company: Vinson Films
A Fruit Ninja film has been in production since May of 2016 according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. Tripp Vinson is producing while J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani (writers of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack) will write the film. It's going to be live-action and seems like a very bad idea.
'Gears Of War' - TBA
Production Company: Universal Pictures
The elusive Gears of War film project has been on the table for nearly ten years and most of us have given up hope. Fortunately for you, during Gears of War 4's release in October 2016, it was announced that production on the film is, in fact, moving ahead under the producers of Ted and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
'Great Detective Pikachu' - TBA
Production Company: Legendary Entertainment
As of June 2016, Legendary Entertainment has owned the rights to the Great Detective Pikachu spin-off and production is set to begin in 2017. Rob Letterman of Shark Tale and Monsters vs Aliens fame will be making the film.
'Minecraft' - May 24, 2019
Production Company: Vertigo Entertainment, Warner Bros.
A film adaptation of #Minecraft is a work in progress under the direction of Rob McElhenney. Steve Carrell will supposedly appear in the film and its target release date is sometime in May 2019 according to a report form Deadline.
'Metal Gear Solid' - TBA
Production Company: Sony
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of Kong: Skull Island, is slated to captain this upcoming adaptation and people are really enjoying what he has to say about the whole affair. There's no release date available for this project but Vogt-Roberts remains vocal about the process.
'Monster Hunter' - TBA
Production Company: Capcom
The director of the Resident Evil franchise has written two scripts for the Monster Hunter universe. The latest on this one can be found here.
'Mortal Kombat' - TBA
Production Company: Warner Bros.
I know what you're thinking: "Paul W. S. Anderson did such a good job on this one already!"
Well, you're wrong and apparently—as of November 2016—#MortalKombat is getting a reboot film and James Wan (current director of Aquaman) is supposed to be producing it. He's the man behind the Saw franchise so at least he'll be able to get the gore right!
'Portal' - TBA
Production Company: Bad Robot, Valve
We've known for a while know that J.J. Abrams has been attached to film projects for Valve—Portal and Half-Life specifically. What we haven't been quite sure of is the timeline for those things. In September 2016, J.J. Abrams spoke to IGN and expressed optimism about a Portal announcement coming soon. Here's hoping he's right about that!
'Rampage' - April 20, 2018
Production Company: New Line Cinema, Wrigley Pictures
Wildly popular arcade game, Rampage, is now going to be a film directed by San Andrea's Brad Peyton starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. No word on what the story is going to be but Peyton has said that the film will be more emotional and a bit scarier than you'd expect. This adaptation is set to begin shooting in April 2017.
'Resident Evil: Vendetta' - Summer 2017
Production Company: Capcom, Marza Animation Planet
We don't have a lot to worry about with this one. Resident Evil: Vendetta is simply an extension of Capcom's pre-existing chain of barely canon CG animated Resident Evil films. It looks like a hot mess but it's nothing outside of the ordinary in the life of a Resident Evil fan.
This film is set for release in Summer 2017.
'Splinter Cell' - TBA
Production Company: New Regency Productions
The Splinter Cell film project has had its ups and downs over the past few years but it appears that it is now only waiting on script approval and a thumbs-up from Tom f**king Hardy.
It'll be partially produced by Basil Iwanyk and is apparently going to be pretty badass.
'The Division' - TBA
Production Company: Freckle Films, Nine Stories Productions, Ubisoft Motion Pictures
Have you ever played a game and thought that it should be a movie? I'm willing to put money down that you weren't playing The Division when you thought that. Too bad! It's happening. In January 2017, Stephen Gaghan announced that he would be directing the film and that Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain will be starring in it.
Fine, have it your way.
'Tomb Raider' - March 16, 2018
Production Company: Eidos Interactive, GK Films, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
'Watch Dogs' - TBA
Production Company: Ubisoft Motion Pictures
Someone out there is convinced that a watchable version of Watch Dogs would somehow be less boring and disappointing than the actual game. That "someone" is currently just Ubisoft (at E3 2016) but I wouldn't be surprised or sad if this project fell flat—and neither should you.
This list will be updated as new films are announced and release dates are revealed!