When it comes to movies based on video games, it's difficult to think of many that were any good. Sure, there have been a couple of decent ones, but few have lived up to the expectations set by the awesome video games that preceded them. And yet still it seems that Hollywood is bent on making them, what with the coming Assassin's Creed and the highly speculated, highly theorized Five Nights at Freddy's. With that being said, let's take a look at some video games and franchises that should never be made into a movie.
1. Sonic The Hedgehog
Originally set to be the big rival to the Super Mario Bros. franchise, #Sega's Blue Blur has had his ups and downs over the years. With that being said, #SonictheHedgehog has remained beloved by his loyal fans, with the spiny speedster representing an easy intro into the world of video games for fledgling gamers. So for a film studio to make a movie based on a character like Sonic doesn't seem too far from the realm of possibility. In fact, something similar was already done earlier this year with Ratchet & Clank.
However, a movie based on Sonic the Hedgehog has been in the pipeline for more than two years, with #Deadpool director Tim Miller now attached. This is a prime example of just because something can happen, doesn't mean it should.
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2. Call Of Duty
Much like the Sonic games, Call of Duty is one of the most popular franchises today. Given the acclaim #CoD has, particularly with an older audience, it seems destined to eventually get the movie treatment.
The problem with that is, most of the Call of Duty games don't have a storyline. Yes, the recent ones have had a plot, but they are still the same basic #shooter they've always been. So while it is possible to make an original story based on Call of Duty, it probably would not resonate as well with the fans.
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Released on #Steam only a year ago, Undertale quickly became an indie cult classic, capturing the hearts of everyone who played it. The game gave us an emotional story, a fantastic soundtrack and lovable characters. And if a movie version of #Undertale ever came to fruition, it would completely ruin all of what made the game so great.
The first problem is the main protagonist Frisk, who remains completely silent throughout the game. It's Frisk's lack of dialogue that creates the humor of the other characters. So if Hollywood were to potentially give dialogue to Frisk, it would change the tone of the whole property. And in terms of the soundtrack, it would be highly unlikely that the music would be used for the movie.
There is a lot of opportunities to cast fun actors in roles that are just as fun, like Danny DeVito as Sans or Mark Hamill as Flowey. The problem with these characters is they would all have to be computer generated. And depending on what studio picks up the movie, it could go one of two ways: sublime or ridiculous.
4. The Legend Of Zelda
A Legend of Zelda movie faces some of the same problems that an Undertale film would, the main one being that protagonist Link is, for the most part, silent. Apart from the occasional grunt, Link never says a single word. Literally every other character in the games talks, with Zelda developer Eiji Aonuma confirming this to be true.
So, much like Undertale, if Hollywood was to keep the silent protagonist idea, there would not be much to work with for a movie. The emotion of Link doesn't come from Link, but from how the player plays the game. As for creating the world of #Hyrule, that could be as much of a problem. Hyrule is vast, with exquisite areas for Link to explore. So for this to to be made into a film, it would need to be done using the same format we saw for Warcraft earlier this year.
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It would take a big budget to create such a vast world. And much like Warcraft and even The Hobbit trilogy, the world would end up almost all CGI. And again, that could either work out extremely well, or it could be one giant mess.
Minecraft has been running strong since its debut in 2011, with the game spanning three different platforms — computer, console and even your phone or tablet. What makes Minecraft so special is the fact that it lets the player do anything and everything — the sky's the limit. Therefore, making a movie of this concept would prove a real challenge. With the story of #Minecraft limited only by the player's imagination, the possibilities are endless. Therefore, it would be difficult to pin down one specific plot to use for a full-length film.
Sure, Hollywood could create a whole new story, like was done with #Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode. But it would just be one story, leaving many fans disappointed simply because the plot would never live up to their expectations.
Minecraft has a pixelated look that's reinvigorate a sense of nostalgia for those who grew up with those kinds of video games. Recreating that would be a challenge, unless it's an animated movie. Like Sonic the Hedgehog, there is currently a movie in the works for Minecraft, with Steve Carell rumored to be the lead. I'm nervous to see how it will play out on the big screen.
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Video games have long been one of the most popular forms of entertainment. That being said, movies based on video games should always be something that Hollywood considers very carefully, as most of the time they never turn out well.
What do you think — should any of these video games be turned into movies? Is there another video game franchise you never want to see on the big screen? Is there one you do want to see? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.