Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at the videogame movies that have come out in the past and done an analysis of what made them so bad. Now, let’s turn our eyes to the future. More videogame movies are in production than ever before, and a few have some pretty big names attached to them. Will we be seeing the first truly great videogame movie soon? Here’s the list of upcoming videogame movies and what we think about each one. Let us know which movies you think will be great and which will be flops in the comments below!
Agent 47 (August 28, 2015)
We had a Hitman movie back in 2007 that was alright, but it generally followed the trend of videogame movies being kind of crappy. Now they’re trying again. Aleksander Bach will make his directorial debut, and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Heroes) will star. Based on the trailer, this appears to be another straight-up action movie with little of the subtlety the games are known for. While we have our fingers crossed for a pleasant surprise, hopes aren’t very high for this one.
Ratchet & Clank (2015)
This could be fun. The Ratchet & Clank games have a great sense of humor that could have broad appeal for all ages and a robust cast of interesting characters. They’ve also done about everything they can to keep this one true to the games – it’s written by T.J. Fixman who wrote the games, and the voice actors are all lifted straight from the game as well. Hopefully this will be a hit for the whole family and the first great videogame movie.
Warcraft (March 11, 2016)
Perhaps the most anticipated of all upcoming game movies, Warcraft has a large budget, is helmed and written by a great up-and-coming writer/director (Duncan Jones – Moon, Source Code), and stars Travis Fimmel who has recently become popular as the lead character in History Channel’s Vikings. There’s a lot of passion behind this one and a wealth of source material to draw from. So while Ratchet & Clank might open the floodgates for better game movies, we’re hoping Warcraft will throw those gates wide.
Angry Birds (July 16, 2016)
There are a surprising amount of big name actors providing voices for Angry Birds including Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Josh Gad (Frozen), Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Bill Hader (Inside Out), and Danny McBride (Pineapple Express). And co-directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly have worked on great movies such as Frozen, Wreck-It-Ralph, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and The Iron Giant, though this will be their directorial debut. While big names don’t necessarily make a great movie, they usually don’t hurt either.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (September 2, 2016)
This was originally supposed to come out in 2014, but then it was delayed. Recently, it was delayed again and is now set for September of 2016 due to its star getting pregnant. While I doubt anyone would point to any movie in this series and say it was great, these films have still managed to build a following and be big enough to release each installment in theaters. There’s no reason to believe this “final” installment will break the mold.
Assassin’s Creed (December 21, 2016)
This series has some great movie potential and could bring a cool blend of genres that movies haven’t tackled before. It’s certainly got fans excited, and now that Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men) is on board as the lead, we’re pretty excited too. Marion Cotillard (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) is also set to co-star.
The Last of Us (2016)
Arguably the most poignant, emotional, and gripping videogame ever released, The Last of Us is an excellent candidate for a movie and Hollywood is looking to take advantage of it in 2016. Directed by Neil Druckman (who also directed the game) and rumored to be starring Maisie Williams (Arya in Game of Thrones) as Ellie, The Last of Us could easily be an emotional tour-de-force on the silver screen. We’re certainly hoping they do it right!
Sly Cooper (2016)
The team behind the Ratchet & Clank movie will be following it up with Sly Cooper, another of the Playstation 2’s most popular platforming franchises. Like Ratchet & Clank, there are some great characters and plots in this series that should make for an engaging, family-centered movie. The preview is certainly fun!
Uncharted is the Indiana Jones of the game industry. Every entry in the series has been extremely cinematic, the stories are great, and the characters have a lot of personality. Maybe the movie version of this series can bring some of the magic that Kingdom of the Crystal Skull lacked. At the very least, it’s got a great writing team headed by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty). Fans have been clamoring for Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly) to take the lead in this one, but there haven’t been any casting announcements yet.
In addition to the movies listed above (which are the furthest into production), several projects are being worked on and are said to be “In development”. While few details on these have been released, here are the projects that are most likely to hit the silver-screen over the next few years.
Minecraft: With the success of The Lego Movie and Minecraft’s massive fan base, this one is highly likely to come to fruition.
Gears of War: The Gears of War movie has been through development hell and can’t seem to get off the ground. While still in development, I’d say this one’s unlikely in the near future.
God of War: Similar to Gears of War, God of War just can’t seem to get traction and has jumped through multiple writers and directors. The further we get from a major release in the game series, the less likely this is to actually happen.
Metal Gear Solid: Like news on the games, there’s a lot of secrecy surrounding this project… so we don’t know if this is really happening or not.
Mortal Kombat: This is a pretty safe bet. The original movies did passingly well, and the series is as popular as ever.
Splinter Cell: This series would make for a great spy-thriller movie and we haven’t heard anything about it having trouble getting going. With Ubisoft pushing hard to get its games made into movies, we’re betting this one will follow up Assassin’s Creed.
Kane & Lynch: It had some big name actors and a director… and now it doesn’t. This one might still happen, but it’s looking a little iffy.
So what do YOU think? Will any of these be the first truly great videogame movie? Which ones do you think will flop? Let’s argue it out in the comments below!