There used to be a time when results were never favorable when a video game was made into a movie (recall Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and 1994’s Street Fighter), but with recent live-action movie adaptations of games like World of Warcraft, and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed, it seems like 2016 is the year of video game movies. With the future of movies based on video games looking marvelous, here are five games that totally deserve their own film:
5. Mass Effect
The Mass Effect story is one that fits perfectly in a cinematic landscape. While a movie based on Mass Effect doesn’t have to pull straight from the original game trilogy based on the character of Commander Shepard, the movie could follow the story of a new character, and with a brand new game installment releasing soon, that new universe could be further explored in a movie. Electronic Arts, the producers of the game, announced in 2010 that a movie was going to be developed by Legendary Pictures. To this day, no further information has been released.
4. Gears Of War
If a movie based on Gears of War is made, it has to be rated R! This year we saw how fantastic R-rated superhero movies could be with the release of Deadpool, and being how gory and bloody Gears of War actually is, it makes sense that it should be an R-rated movie. Plans to make a Gears of War film was announced in 2007 with New Line Cinema acquiring the rights, but almost 10 years since the announcement, we still don’t even have a teaser trailer. The Gears of War franchise is one of the Xbox 360’s top selling games, with over $1 billion dollars in revenue.
3. The Elder Scrolls Series
The Elder Scrolls are one of the most beautiful open-world fantasy games on consoles and it totally needs a big screen adaptation. Its world of sorcery and adventure can be perfectly translated to the cinematic arena, as it possess many of the magical and fantastical characteristics of the Lord of The Rings, if not more. The recent Warcraft is an excellent example of how the world of fantasy can be portrayed in the modern era of movies, and The Elder Scrolls is one fantasy game that deserves its own film.
2. Grand Theft Auto Series
If World of Warcraft was able to successfully fit the cinematic landscape, then so can GTA. Some of the worries some fans had when Warcraft was first announced was how could a game where the player had complete control over the outcomes of his character could be turned into a movie. I myself also had that thought, but seeing how great Warcraft turned out to be, any open-world game or MMORPG can be turned into a movie.
Definitely one of the best video game franchises of all time, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series gained massive popularity with the release of the classic Grand Theft Auto III in 2001, and from there it’s history.
Because the settings of both GTA III and GTA: San Andreas have been recreated and redesigned for next-gen consoles in the games GTA IV and GTA V, instead of Grand Theft Auto 6 potentially being based on the city of Miami, a movie could be an alternate option. Either way, if GTA 6 is set in Vice City, or a movie is made based on the classic game, it's a win-win for Rockstar.
1. Devil May Cry
It was announced in 2011 that a Devil May Cry live-action movie adaptation was going to be developed by Screen Gems, the studio responsible for the Resident Evil movies, but no further information has been released since. If there’s one demon killer I want to see on the big screen, it’s definitely Dante, and it has to be R-rated, of course.
Will wee see any of these games made into a movie? Only time will tell, but in the mean time make sure to see the latest video game movie, Warcraft, now in theaters!