Over the years, a large number of video games have been adapted for the big screen. From Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Dead or Alive, to Need for Speed and even Super Mario Bros., filmmakers have capitalised upon existing fan bases time and time again. However, there are some titles that have been overlooked and some adaptations which have struggled to get off the ground.
So take your seats, grab the popcorn and turn your mobile phone off as Console Monster rolls out the red carpet to video games we would like to see adapted for cinema release.
An Assassin’s Creed film is currently in the works although, according to recent reports, the film has been delayed as the script has had to undergo “several rewrites”. Furthermore, the video game adaptation, which stars Michael Fassbender, has been plagued with “scheduling issues”. Apparently we can expect to see it in cinemas from 2016.
Imagine Rapture captured on the big screen and the thrill you would get as Jack Wynand fights off a Big Daddy? This almost became a reality, as a film, directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean), was originally planned to be released in 2011 to coincide with the release of a third BioShock game. However, the project was canned due to budget issues. Nevertheless, hope of a film adaptation was revived when Sony registered three domain names in 2014: bioshock-movie.com, bioshock-movie.net and bio-shock.net, though they remained tight-lipped about any further details.
There has been talk of a Dead Rising film ever since the game first launched way back in 2006, though it’s now looking like a reality. In September 2014, it was revealed that “24” star Dennis Haysbert will play a lead role in the film, which will be directed by Zach Lipovsky – best known for directing “Leprechaun: Origins”. No release date for the film has been set.
Dead Space is another title that has been amid the speculation for a film adaptation. In July 2013, EA revealed that the project was being developed in-house and that a script for the film has been penned by Philip Gelatt (Europa Report). Unfortunately, we haven’t heard much since, which probably means the Dead Space film is a long way off.
Gears of War
In 2007, a Gears of War film was on the cards. New Line Cinema had the rights, with Stuart Beattie writing the script and Len Wisemen directing. However, as we’ve come to expect from such projects, it fell through. It wasn’t until April 2013 that new details emerged, with Variety reporting that Battlefield and Ted producer Scott Stuber was on board to help develop a script directly with Epic Games. Coming to a website near you.
Unlike all of these films, you won’t have to wait long for the next instalment. You can expect the sequel (we promise it won’t be a flop) here on Console Monster very soon.