With Warcraft released and an Assassin’s Creed movie out soon, Hollywood is revisiting games as a source of inspiration. Of course the track record isn’t good, ranging from the mediocre (Doom and Resi) to the awful (Super Mario and Max Payne). And that’s before we look into the abomination that is Uwe Bolle’s body of work.
For a video game cinematic adaption, the best candidates are those which think outside of their narrative. After the Battleships movie, Hasbro was going to make a Monopoly film directed by Oliver Stone. But on a meta level, like the Lego film, its better to capture the spirit of the games or thematic elements. In which case, Monopoly is basically the plot-line of every Oliver Stone film in the last ten years.
Here’s hope for the best with these latest movies and if they can be done right maybe the movies can look at the better stories and visions in gaming to transcend to the silver screen.
Ken Levine’s been flirting with cinema over the past few years and there has been a long standing interest in bringing the inaugural titular title to the silver screen. But for me its the final title in that series which is most deserving to be brought onto the big screen. For me, its Infinite with its glorious vistas on Columbia which would look best on the big screens.
It’s multiple universes are akin to those explored in Inception and Interstellar which could mean the game would do well in the hands of Christopher Nolan.
I’ll be honest – I’ve never played the seminal title. But I appreciate its rich narrative and ambitious plot. Consistently ranked as one of the best and most important games of all time, it might be its non-linear narrative and multiple epochs which would make it a challenge to bring to the big screen.
Given its similar themes, The Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas could prove the sisters have what it takes. But with so much of Japanese media centered on youth, Catherine Hardwicke so well known for her mature takes on adolescence, she could also helm ambitious possible project.
One of the best soundtracks in gaming recent years, despite its basic graphics Hotline Miami is also one of the most visual arresting and thought provoking in gaming’s history. Aesthetically, Nicolas Winding Refn is perhaps an easy candidate but his movies can be shallow despite there obvious beauty.
As an indie darling, its unlikely to attract a big money to move it onto the big screen – but with its arresting style and thought provoking story I’d love to see it over 90 minutes, for those that want a sneak peak of whats possible check out the launch trailer.
Whilst the obvious candidate is the adventures of Guybrush Threepwood – more visually arresting and unique is the (under) life of Manny Calavera as he navigates the Land of the Dead. In the hands of Dreamworks, Tim Schafer’s 1998 classic could be wonderfully imagined for cinema goers.
This wouldn’t be the first time that calaca-like characters have been onscreen, championed by Guillermo del Toro, The Book of Life earned $100m and proves that despite spooky characters – the Day of the Dead can be brought to the silver screen.
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