A Sleeping Dogs movie sounds like a fantastic idea even if video game films have a rather negative stigma. Now, I'm thrilled that Donnie Yen is attached to this, but it would've been cool to see Will Yun Lee reprise his role as Wei Shen. It's a great idea for a movie adaptation, but it's not the only video game franchise that would make for a great story. Here are four other games that need the Hollywood treatment.
1. Binary Domain
Binary Domain won't be on everyone's top 10 list, but I was really impressed by the story when I played through it. Both the characters and narrative remained interesting from beginning to end. It wasn't another #CallofDuty-type entry that we seem to get on an annual basis, being a lot deeper than your typical third-person-shooter thanks to some philosophical arguments that blur the lines between right and wrong. It could make for a really interesting script if handled correctly.
2. Red Dead Redemption
Why would I choose #RedDeadRedemption for a Hollywood production? My reasoning is pretty simple. Westerns are having themselves a moment with the neo-Western movement and this could be the first good video game movie adaptation that's actually grounded in reality. Unlike the #AssassinsCreed or #Warcraft movie, Red Dead Redemption would have the advantage of realism, which would make the narrative far more accessible to those who aren't gamers.
3. Spec Ops: The Line
Spec Ops: The Line is different and stands apart from other military-based video games thanks to the psychological aspects of it that stay with you long after you've finished. I still remember watching those heartbreaking scenes that continue to be the most disturbing things I've ever seen in a video game. I think this could be a great, complex film if the right director was attached to it.
Admittedly, this one would be a bit of stretch and it might not work here in the U.S. as well as globally as its premise, with the yakuza, is an exclusively Japanese thing. Still, mob and crime stories can be adapted across cultures and countries. I'd still like to see a film based on the game, or at least a movie that borrows elements from the series, a twist on the normal mob stories we're used to seeing on the big screen. And I've always liked the character of Kazuma Kiryu and his unique relationship with the younger people in the franchise.
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What do you think about a Sleeping Dogs movie? Excited? Skeptical? Both? Let me know in the comments below.