Video game adaptation

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Pixels Trailer

Newest trailer for Pixels is gamey


Sort of like how deer meat tastes
May 19
// Nick Valdez
I have a hard time figuring out exactly who Pixels is made for. Is it for the man children that Adam Sandler has spent his entire career trying to sell to, or is it for folks who'd recognize videogames in general? In the same...
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First look at World of Warcraft's Orgrim


Do you even lift, bro?
May 18
// Matthew Razak
It's been a long road for the World of Warcraft movie, but we're at a point now that it's actually happening. No, really, guys. Here's a picture of a character from it. Not just any character, one of the leads. Orgrim, p...
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Five Nights Movie

Warner Bros developing Five Nights at Freddy's movie


Apr 08
// Nick Valdez
Every day I get a bit older, and every time something like this happens, that fact really sinks in. In less than a year, Scott Cawthon's Five Night's at Freddy's videogame series (which follows a night security guard watching...
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Metal Gear Solid adaptation to be written by Jay Basu


METAL GEAR!
Mar 31
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
As Deadline reports that Jay Basu will write the screenplay for Sony Pictures feature film adaptation of the hugely popular Metal Gear Solid video game, it seems the pieces are finally falling into place.  We've hea...

Review: Dead Rising: Watchtower

Mar 26 // Nick Valdez
[embed]219149:42297:0[/embed] Dead Rising: WatchtowerDirector: Zach LipovskyRelease Date: March 27th, 2015 (exclusively on Crackle)Rating: NR  In Watchtower, the zombie virus has spread round the world and the government has issued a super drug, known as Zombrex, in order to cure it. Digital journalist Chase Carter (Jesse Metcalfe) and his partner Jordan (Keegan Connor Tracy) end up getting caught in the latest outbreak when a bad string of Zombrex infects a stadium full of people. As Chase tries to survive, he runs into a woman who's already infected named Crystal (Meghan Ory), and now they must work together to survive the zombies, figure out what's going on with the Zombrex, and most importantly, escape from the group of psychopaths on the loose.  Watchtower had quite a bit of an undertaking on its hands. If you're not aware of the Dead Rising games, just know they're famous for featuring a single guy cheesin' his way through hordes of zombies while he wears crazy outfits, makes anything he can into weapons, and its narrative is one of the worst in zombie fiction. So, having Watchtower not be a complete mess is already a huge plus. It fixes this by creating a narrative all its own rather than try and adapt the current stories available. In fact it relegates Frank West, here in the film awesomely played by Rob Riggle and one of the series' flamboyantly divisive characters, to the sidelines whereas the film could've completely derailed had its tone focused on the wackiness of that character. Instead he's used wonderfully here. Adding a bit of levity in between heavier scenes and getting the laugh like only Rob Riggle can. A line like "I'll smack you with that TV" works because the film allows Riggle to be as slimy and goofy as he can while paying homage to videogames themselves.  With zombie cinema as prevalent as it is, it's hard not to get a sense of "been there, done that" with any zombie film. We've seen everything from the grittiest of grit to the hokiest of cheese, so Watchtower tries its best to find a middle ground between the two. There is a sense of loss as the film struggles to find an adequate tone for a good chunk of the film. It might be a result of the film taking the subject matter at face value. Meaning that any goofiness the series is known for is only implied, and scenes only come off as inherently hokey. While this shouldn't have worked, I really enjoyed the little asides the film gives to its corniness. For example, in an awesome Shaun of the Dead like fashion, one of the first things the characters do when the outbreak breaks is to use whatever they can find as a weapon. Which means at one point, Chase fights a zombie clown holding an axe with a muffler before running it over in such a cool way. It's a nice bit of staging that you don't see much in zombie media. It's always a matter of a survivor fighting with the one weapon they have rather than literally using everything at their disposal. As for its lead, Jesse Metcalfe holds his own well enough but Chase doesn't have enough character for Metcalfe to sink his teeth into. It's just sort of an every man. That's a consequence of having Frank West be a part of the film too. That character is so magnanimous every time he's on screen, that every thing else loses spark unwittingly. That's not to say the film completely lacks personality, however. There's a scene early on that marries the game's quirk with the film's grit and makes for a particularly gripping scene. It's shot well (as it's just a constant, smooth take following Chase through a field of zombies), there's a bit where a weapon wears out and he has to switch, and it was one of the few times there was suspense. Chase just becomes a super zombie killer after that point, and while that's interesting in its own right, it does lose a little pizzazz. Then again, that's also a shout out to the game series so kudos to the film.  Dead Rising: Watchtower isn't perfect as it runs for a bit too long, the psychopaths wear a little thin (as the lead gets a weird speech explaining his motivations), and there's a jarring first person camera trick used too often early on. But don't let that deter you away from watching it for yourself. A fantastic videogame adaptation that absolutely nails why the games sell so well, yet never feels alienating for folks who have no idea where this film stems from.  As one of Sony's Crackle service's big headlining originals, this is indeed a good show of what's to come. If they can keep churning out excellent films like this, I'll definitely stick around to see what's next. 
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"Zombies, huh? I had a feeling you'd show up..."
Videogames have had a rough time in cinema. Since videogames are such an interactive medium, a film adaptation always misses out on the intimacy of player involvement or the videogame's story struggles to find an identity in ...

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Steven Spielberg to direct Ready Player One


The legendary director will tackle the sci-fi adaptation
Mar 26
// Matt Liparota
The Warner Bros./Village Roadshow adaptation of Ernie Cline's sci-fi novel Ready Player One just got a huge boost in credibility and visibility. Legendary director Steven Spielberg has signed on to helm the video-game fueled ...
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Remember when it was announced that they were making a full movie based off of that short film about arcade sprites across the New York skyline? Remember when it was also announced that Adam Sandler was starring in the proje...

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Dead Rising Trailer

Newest Dead Rising: Watchtower trailer is pretty fun, actually


Mar 10
// Nick Valdez
Starring the John Tucker Must Die kid, the AllState guy, and Rob Riggle as the best f**king Frank West possible, Dead Rising: Watchtower looks surprisingly good. With this trailer elaborating on the bits we got from the firs...
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Settlers of Catan rights for film and TV acquired


Hopefully it's just not three hours of sheep trading
Feb 20
// John-Charles Holmes
If there's one thing The LEGO Movie has proven to audiences and, most importantly, producers, is that there's a good movie hidden inside every property, including toys.  Which is why I'm not really sure how to react when...
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Marion Cotillard joins Assassin's Creed


It's an all-out Macbeth reunion!
Feb 16
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
Marion Cotillard is set to join Michael Fassbender in the Assassin's Creed movie, according to a Deadline exclusive. We've heard talks and rumours about a live-action adaptation of the best-selling Ubisoft franchise for years...
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Dead Rising Trailer

First teaser trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower


Jan 23
// Nick Valdez
For a film based off the cheesy Dead Rising videogames going straight to Sony's Crackle streaming service, this doesn't look that bad. Doesn't have enough Frank West covering wars though. Dead Rising: Watchtower is available March 27th. 
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Fox Release Dates

Fox reveals release dates for Gambit, Assassin's Creed and others


Jan 06
// Nick Valdez
As we've covered here before, Fox has been working on an Assassin's Creed film for some time now. Every time we've gotten a release date for it, it either gets pushed back or swept under the rug. I don't want to say that it's...
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Warcraft

Warcraft movie reveals cast, characters, and two new posters


WAR HUH YEAH WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?
Nov 10
// Nick Valdez
It may have been in a sticky development the last few years (with Sam Raimi leaving the project, Duncan Jones signing on as the new director, and going through a few rewrites), a movie based off one of the biggest videogames ...
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Dead Rising

Rob Riggle is Frank f**king West


Covered wars and such
Oct 21
// Nick Valdez
Remember when I told you all that a movie based on the Dead Rising videogame series was in the works for Sony's Crackle digital service? Yeah, I wasn't thrilled about the concept either, but proving movies work in mysterious ...
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Angry Birds cast announced


People need to not play so much Angry Birds
Oct 01
// Matthew Razak
You weren't excited for it, but some folks out there were. The folks behind the Angry Birds movie set up a challenge to reveal the cast once 1 billion birds were slung in the game. That happened, and now you too can read...
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Tetris is really getting a movie


Cast stands in line, but disappears
Sep 30
// Matthew Razak
Never, ever underestimate Hollywood's love of a brand. They'll take even the most plotless thing in the world and make a movie out of it. Well, now they've found an even more plotless thing. Tetris is getting a movie. No...
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Shadow of the Colossus movie is still a thing, has new director


One day perhaps you will make atonement for what you've done
Sep 04
// Matthew Razak
I'm pretty sure once the Shadow of the Colossus movie is made we'll be repeating that subheader (which is a quote from the game) back at the filmmakers because despite being awesome I fear they will ruin it. Wait, you fo...
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Dead Rising

Dead Rising movie gets a director


Aug 21
// Nick Valdez
Wait, did we ever get around to telling you all there's a film based on the almost popular Dead Rising videogames in the works? You think we're ready for the zombie parade again? If there's any good zombie idea, it's how Dead...
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Watch Pierce Brosnan play GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64


Good luck, Mr. Bond
Aug 20
// Liz Rugg
I'm pretty sure everyone who grew up in the 90s either had or knew someone who had the James Bond videogame GoldenEye 007. I literally have two N64 copies of this game. It's probably one of the most popular games of the Nint...
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Images of Hitman: Agent 47 get all bald


Looking a lot like Agent 47 there
Aug 05
// Matthew Razak
The Hitman games make for some pretty easy action fodder, and the movie that released in 2007 based on them wasn't all that bad. It didn't really take off though, so why not reboot! The new Hitman film, Hitman: Agen...
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Last of Us Details

Sam Raimi had to save The Last of Us adaptation from the game's writer


Also, some possible casting news
Jul 25
// Alec Kubas-Meyer
The Last of Us was a fascinating movie with a not-very-good game attached to it. The narrative and cutscenes told a compelling story that were undermined at every minute by stupid decisions forced onto the narrative by i...
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Pixels

Pixels gets images, also cameos from Pac-Man and Donkey Kong


"Quarters! A million allowances worth of quarters!"
Jul 23
// Nick Valdez
Pixels, a full fledged film adapted from Patrick Jean's short film of the same name, is about a group of folks who are asked to fight an invasion of videogame characters when they mistake arcade machines as an act of war. Dir...
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Space Invaders

Now we're getting a Space Invaders movie


"Invaders! Possibly from space!"
Jul 21
// Nick Valdez
Next up in the long line of turning random properties into movies because sometimes they make money, is Space Invaders. Back when Warner Bros first acquired the rights for a movie adaptation of the Taito arcade game, they tri...
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RE: The Final Chapter

Next Resident Evil film is probably the last one


Probably. Maybe. Possibly.
Jun 18
// Nick Valdez
The Resident Evil series has been a huge moneymaker. Although the original videogame series has been on a decline the last few years (with their parent company Capcom currently under financial duress), the films have made Son...
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Sanic

Sony producing a live action/CG Sonic the Hedgehog movie


It took so much effort not to put a photo of "Sanic" here.
Jun 11
// Nick Valdez
You know how Sega seems to think Sonic the Hedgehog is still cool? Branching into Nintendo games, that Sonic Boom cartoon, and now thanks to Sony, Sonic the Hedgehog is getting a film adaptation. According to THR, Sony (who h...
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Captain Quark is in this, so it's got all of my money already
The internet may have ruined the word "ratchet" for me forever, but I still adore the Ratchet and Clank videogames. I just can't believe something like this exists. Much like Sony's Sly Cooper film, Ratchet and Clank is head...

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Street Fightah

You should watch Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist


Indestructible
Jun 04
// Nick Valdez
So apparently Ultra Street Fighter IV Supreme Deluxe Pizza Extra Mushrooms with a Side of Cheesy Sticks released on Xbox and PS3 recently. In celebration of that, Machinima released a line of short films much like that ...
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Assassin's Creed has a director


Surprise! It's nobody you've ever heard of!
Apr 29
// Mike Cosimano
Justin Kurzel, director of the 2015 MacBeth adaptation, has been chosen to direct the Assassin's Creed movie [feat. Michael Fassbender]. It's still set for an August 7th, 2015 date, but considering they only just now found a ...
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New screenwriters of Splinter Cell movie


Triple green goggle movie to start shooting in August
Apr 01
// Matthew Razak
Things seem to be rolling along for Tom Hardy's Splinter Cell film, which has a director, but evidently not a strong enough screenplay. Up in the Air writer Sheldon Turner has come on board to rewrite the screenplay...
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Splinter Cell

Splinter Cell adaptation gets Bourne Identity director


Mar 20
// Nick Valdez
The last we heard of Ubisoft and New Regency's Splinter Cell adaptation (back in 2012) it had a writer and Tom Hardy was set to star, and it looks like it's finally moving forward again. The project itself has been in li...

Review: Need for Speed

Mar 13 // Nick Valdez
[embed]217317:41268:0[/embed] Need for SpeedDirectors: Scott WaughRelease Date: March 14th, 2013Rating: PG-13 Since the Need for Speed videogames aren't exactly known for their narrative caliber, the film had to come up with a story from scratch. If you have any familiarity with car films of the past (The Cannonball Run, Bullit, and most importantly, Smokey and the Bandit), you'll feel at home here as NfS seeks to emulate the fun of those past films. The main problem here, however, is it stops just short of the finish line. Before I get into the synopsis, I do need to get something off my chest here. I'm a huge fan of racing films as I've been raised on them. There's a certain air about them, a lighthearted fun, that's entirely needed or they all just fall flat. If a car film takes itself too seriously, people will realize how ridiculous a film's logic is when every character makes their decisions according to how fast their cars can drive.  So let's get into Need for Speed's story. The film follows Tobey (Aaron Paul), a guy who's running a failing auto shop with his friends after the death of his father threatens to forclose it. His former racing rival, Dino (Dominic Cooper), who's currently dating Tobey's ex-girlfriend, gets Tobey to build a Shelby Mustang for lots and lots of money. After Dino sells the Mustang, he decides to race Tobey and the comic relief Pete, and during that race kills Pete. After serving two years in prison for being framed for the death of his friend, Tobey vows to enter The Deleon, a super secret race run by The Monarch (Michael Keaton) and avenge Pete's death.  See what I'm talking about? Need for Speed's main constraint is that it's a film whose engine needs work. It's got so many ideas and themes, it becomes needlessly convoluted leaving most ideas without expansion. And what is explored feels entirely hokey because you have the dramatic tension of vengeance juxtaposed with how cartoonish the physics work within the film. Don't get me wrong, it is possible to work with a serious tone (i.e. The Fast and The Furious) but most folks will walk away from the film feeling lost at how goofy the end product is (i.e. The Fast and The Furious). But the saddest aspect of watching all of this go down is, when the film truly lets loose and has fun, Need for Speed is a great movie.  There are brief glimpses of brilliance hidden within this murky mess. If you're like me and are a little tired of how CG has taken over, then you'll love NfS's reliance on practical effects. When Need for Speed explores its various stunts, it's the Smokey and the Bandit of the modern era. There are long car chases, two big jumps (one involving a helicopter), cute nicknames for each of the vehicles ("Beauty," "Beast," and one "Smokey" tossed in for good measure in case you didn't catch the homage), and the police officers are competent. And that's actually a big deal, cop competency. I've grown tired of recent street racing films as the heroes have gotten so driving proficient, the police officers look like fools as they're constantly thrashing about on the wayside. But it's notably different here as some of the best stunts in the film are because the police are so good at what they do. It's a refreshing change of pace.  Unfortunately as noted, those fun bursts are few too far in between. One of my personal rules as a critic is to never argue a film is "too long" as that's always a judgment deep rooted in personal taste. But it just seems applicable here. Need for Speed feels like three movies in one that were stitched together into Frankenstein's Monster. On principal alone, a film titled Need for Speed should not exceed two hours as it does. No matter how invested you may be in the characters (as hard as that may be to believe), by the time Tobey gets to race in the Deleon, you realize you have to watch another 20 minutes of driving before you actually get to leave the theater.  As far as videogame adaptations go, there are certainly much worse out there (as there are only slight homages to the game series). But the few instances of fun to be had are not worth sitting through the rest of it. Aaron Paul and crew do the best with what they have to work with, but it's nowhere near enough. If you're expecting a cheesefest, you may find it here, but it's been done better elsewhere too. With all of that said, Need for Speed sits firmly in the middle of the pack. It's good enough to start the race, but nowhere near good enough to finish in first place. 
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Needs more speed
Need for Speed is in a tight spot. As a videogame adaptation it not only has to be a well made film, but also needs to please fans of the videogame series. It's got to do an odd little dance where it needs to show just enough...

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See Need for Speed early and free


Washington DC, Baltimore and Norfolk screenings
Mar 10
// Matthew Razak
Do you feel the need? The need for a videogame based action movie starring Aaron Paul? Then you are totally in the right place because we've got admit two passes to a screening tomorrow in Washington DC, Baltimore and Norfolk...
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The Last of Us movie confirmed: a haiku


This is what happens when you're bored on a Thursday
Mar 06
// Mike Cosimano
I'm not sure exactly what to do with this news. Except write it in haiku form, of course.
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Need for Speed

Need for Speed screening free in 100 theaters tomorrow


Feb 18
// Nick Valdez
Do you have a need? Maybe for speed? Although the upcoming Need for Speed movie isn't opening until March 14th, it's screening for free in 100 cities tomorrow night. Whether or not you're looking forward to Not Fast &...
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Uncharted movie lands a director in Seth Gordon


Wait, the guy who directed Horrible Bosses?
Feb 05
// Matthew Razak
So you're a film studio looking to get one of the biggest action gaming franchises around into theaters and you need a director. You've been through a few so you're getting a little desperate. Who to settle on? How about the ...
Need for Speed SB spot photo
Need for Speed SB spot

Super Bowl TV spot for Need for Speed


I got a need. A need for speed.
Feb 03
// Nick Valdez
This certainly looks like a movie based on a videogame based on cars driving really fast. The upcoming Need for Speed movie debuted a spot during the Super Bowl that completely lacks the fervor of last year's Fast & Furi...

Sly Cooper movie gets plot and teaser

Jan 28 // Matthew Razak
Sly Cooper is a kinetic and comedic heist film that tells the story of Sly Cooper, an orphaned raccoon thief, along with his childhood friends and partners in crime, Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo. In the film, Sly learns of his birth family's secret legacy; that he comes from a long line of talented and international thieves. Endowed with this knowledge, Sly and his friends are catapulted into a global adventure as they race to reassemble pieces of an ancient book holding The Cooper Clan's family secrets before it can fall into the hands of Clockwerk - an evil Russian metallic owl bent on ending the Cooper family line. From romantic Parisian backdrops to the lush mountains of China, gritty film noir meets bright, colorful graphic novels in this origin story of the world's greatest thief-turned-hero.
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No bright pink Murray, no deal
They're amping up the buzz for the Sly Cooper movie pretty darn early with a full teaser animation that shows off the new look for the entire crew. Looks like the same style of humor will be in full force with bad puns ...

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Safe House director may helm Assassin's Creed movie


Jan 23
// Matthew Razak
While the Assassin's Creed games may be hella deep into their mythology by now a film adaptation of the series has taken a while to get rolling. We finally got word that Michael Fassbender would be starring in the 2...
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Bioshock concept art

Canceled Bioshock movie art captures Bioshock nicely


"Would you kindry?"
Dec 06
// Nick Valdez
The Bioshock movie was under a sea of of budget and rating issues until the videogame's creator Ken Levine mercifully pulled the plug on the project many years ago. But after seeing how great Bioshock Infinite looked (even if...
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Watchman writer to take on Gran Turismo


Nov 21
// Matthew Razak
What do you do with an insanely popular game that has almost no plot and sells itself on its ability to look like the best car porn in the world? You make a movie out of it! We've been hearing murmurs about the Gran Turismo&n...






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