The video game industry is worth a gazillion, and while the movie industry is worth more than that, the latter just cannot help but take advantage of the former. And why not, if there is more money to make?
Even if video game nerds may bash the movie versions, the movie producers are still reasonably sure they will rake some money in. We’ve seen it happen, and we’ll be seeing it again and again.
This year – and the next – is no different, and we’re actually going to see some interesting stuff.
Interesting in both good and bad ways.
Here are video game movies 2015 and 2016 is bringing to the big screen, and what we think about them.
Based on a short film released in 2010, Pixels is coming out as a feature film in the summer. While the short practically broke the Internet (watch below), the feature film looks like it’s going to do anything but…
Pixels the movie is all about classic arcade games being misinterpreted by aliens as a Earth declaring war on them. The aliens then launch an attack in the form of, you guessed it, video games. I love arcade game characters as much as the next person, but there’s something off about this movie. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I don’t quite get it.
As for the trailer, I don’t know what to say!
Hitman: Agent 47
The Hitman movie released in 2007 was not bad at all, but it wasn’t brilliant either. Now, the franchise is trying to up the game with Hitman: Agent 47.
The plot? Agent and woman team up to find her father. In the process, they uncover her family’s mysterious past as well. Not too exciting, but Zachary Quinto fans will want to see this one.
Release date: August 28, 2015 (USA)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is a league of its own, and there certainly is a lot of material for a movie. This year, we’re supposed to see a feature film, although it is still in production so we don’t have many details about it.
The Warcraft movie should prove to be an interesting one, not in the least because the game itself lends tons of material to work with. Then there are the people who are working on the film. If you’re a fan of History Channel’s Vikings, then you’ll be pleased to know that Travis Fimmel is going to star in the Warcraft movie. Think he can pull this one off?
Release date: March 2016 (USA)
I don’t even know why I’m including this movie on the list. I guess the reason is two-fold.
One, for people who may possibly interested. (I understand if you think I’m nuts for thinking this.)
Two, to give you all a heads up. Because all we need is another Angry Birds movie.
On a potentially bright side, Peter Dinklage is part of it.
Release date: July 2016 (USA)
The Last of Us
Arguably the most thrilling yet heart-wrenching video game in recent years, The Last of Us is coming to the silver screen. I’m pretty sure that this movie will be a hit, if the producers and writers do the game any justice.
It may very well be the case, with video game director Neil Druckman at the helm of the movie direction as well. Oh, and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) is supposed to play the character or Ellie.
Release date: 2016
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Saving the best for last, we have Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. While many have criticised the franchise and have thrown it into the Dept. of Milking It, Resident Evil has its loyal followers.
This one has to be marked in my calendar.
Release date: September 2, 2016