It might have been 20 years ago, but a movie like “Super Mario Bros.” is an insult that lasts forever. Good movies can be remembered, but bad ones are often legendary, and videogame movie adaptations fall victim to the latter way too often.
But there is hope. Just recently, Valve CEO Gabe Newell and director J.J. Abrams said in an interview that they want to make movies together based off some Valve titles. Those include titles such as Half-Life 2 and Portal, so the possibility for future titles could be on the way. That’s not all Valve is up to. According to G4, Valve’s Steam service, which has 54 million active users, will offer its more than 1,500 games on the television screen as well as on the PC with “Big Picture” mode. Keep updated with other TV and gamer fanatics on sites such as www.cable.tv and G4TV.com.
One of the best stories told in videogames, Halo would be perfect for the theatres. Microsoft has already given us a small taste of what could be with the live-action mini series that preceded the release of the latest title in the franchise, Halo 4. The series titled “Forward Unto Dawn” features some of the events leading up to the game’s release and really honours the grit and intensity that Halo delivers.
According to Wired.com, a Halo movie almost reached the green light in Hollywood, but was turned down due to budget issues and different demands from Microsoft Studios. The original script for the movie is still out there, but it should be re-written to encompass all the games that exist today.
The legendary series from Blizzard first started back in 1996 with the original Diablo. The demonic dungeon-crawler was one of the first to feature online multiplayer and given amazing reviews by nearly everyone who played it, according to Metacritic.
The latest instalment, Diablo III, was met with a little more mixed criticism due to similarities to its predecessor and an “always online” requirement to play, even by yourself. Despite all this, the story across all three games holds up enough for a great feature film. According to IMDB, Blizzard and Legendary Pictures currently have their hands full with Warcraft, a film based off another Blizzard title, but a Diablo follow-up would make an excellent addition if Warcraft is successful.
The first-person shooter from 2K Games set new trends with its retro theme and multiple paths for storylines throughout the game. Its latest title, BioShock Infinite is set for release later this year, and takes place in the floating city of Columbia a totalitarian society that celebrates classic America and punishes any culture that is foreign.
Today’s movies love to play with the scenario of an “oppressed nation,” and BioShock would fit nicely into that theme. Given the timing of the third instalment to the franchise, a movie could top off the series with some closure to a great saga.
It doesn’t matter which Assassin’s Creed you choose, they all make for fantastic stories and settings. Between the Crusades, Renaissance and the American Revolution, the time periods for the videogame alone make for great movie foundations. Throw discreet execution in the mix and you have a blockbuster that can’t lose. They made Mortal Kombat work, didn’t they?