It’s no secret that the majority of movies based on video games are not very good. We’re not talking about movies set in the world of gaming or featuring fictional and real video games like TRON, Wreck-It Ralph, and this week’s release of Pixels. We’re talking about movies based on an existing video game title being brought to the big screen.
The first video game movie was Super Mario Bros. in 1993, and while that movie should have been terrible enough to kill the entire subgenre (the recent Honest Trailer for the film illustrates that pretty well), there have been about 26 video game movies released theatrically since then, and not one of them deserves to be called great (many of them can’t even be called okay).
However, there might be a chance that the future has some genuinely good video game movies on the horizon, that is if the talent attached to some forthcoming projects is any indicator. Below, we look at seven forthcoming video game movies that could break the apparent curse that plagues the subgenre.
Check out some promising video game movies coming soon after the jump!
What’s it about? Assassin’s Creed is based on the Ubisoft game franchise of the same name about a bartender named Desmond Miles, who turns out to be descended from a long line of assassins. He’s captured by a secretive organization and sent back in time to access his ancestors’ memories and collect ancient artifacts.
Why does it sound good? Aside from the intriguing story, the talent attached to this game sounds better than any cast we’ve ever heard of for a video game flick. Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, 12 Years a Slave) is in the lead role with Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, Contagion) taking a key role along with Ariane Labed (Before Midnight, The Lobster). The film also reunites Fassbender and Cotillard with their Macbeth director Justin Kurzel. Watch the trailer for that Shakespearean adaptation and you’ll see why this roster of talent taking on Assassin’s Creed sounds awesome.
When can we see it? Assassin’s Creed is currently set for release on December 21st, 2016.
What’s it about? The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
Why does it sound good? This is a deep, rich fantasy taking us into a world the likes of which haven’t been seen since Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy (The Hobbit trilogy jut isn’t on the same level). Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) is directing the film that will be brought to life with visual effects comparable to that of Avatar and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and it has the potential to be the biggest video game movie ever made.
The footage shown at Comic-Con was wholly impressive, though certainly a little confusing for a non-Warcraft fan, but it’s a massive epic with a huge scope and a diverse ensemble of characters from Orcs to humans to wizards and more. The cast doesn’t have many huge names (Ben Foster, Paula Patton, Clancy Brown, Dominic Cooper are the most notable names) but that means they put all the money into everything else in the film, and that’s a good start.
When can we see it? Warcraft arrives on June 10th, 2016. The first trailer arrives sometime this fall.
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