If Prince of Persia, Pixels and the six million Resident Evil films have taught us anything, it’s that video game movies are hard to get right. Luckily for us, there are currently a whole host of video game movies in development, and each game movie shows promise — be it great actors, seasoned directors or just plain excellent source material. Here are 5 upcoming video game movies that will release in 2016 and beyond.
Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard |
Release Date: December 21, 2016
Many are placing all their eggs in the basket of the Assassin’s Creed movie, and with good reason. The action-stealth Assassin’s Creed franchise is renowned for its superb atmosphere and location design, and if Ubisoft’s recently released set-photos are anything to go by, the Assassin’s Creed movie will follow suit. Director Kurzel is also a fine choice, and with last years Macbeth — which also starred Fassbender and Cotillard — he proved that he can handle a historical video game film.
One thing that could hold the Assassin’s Creed movie back is the same thing that tarnishes the games — the present-day Abstergo sections. Say what you will about recent Assassin’s Creed titles Syndicate, China and India, but their increased focus on the historical action instead of the futuristic politics undoubtedly aids the experience. So, while Abstergo has been confirmed to appear in the Assassin’s Creed film adaption, hopefully it’ll be a minimal part.
Director: Brad Peyton | Stars: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson | Release Date: TBC
Can you smell that? It’s The Rock, cooking up another game-to-movie adaptation, and we can only hope the Rampage movie tastes a lot better than his last effort. Partnering with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton, writer Carlton Cuse and producer Beau Flynn, Rampage will ultimately aim to provide the same destruction-soaked thrills that the former movie gave us in spades.
Like the game, the Rampage movie will feature gigantic, mutated monsters attempting to reduce major cities to nothing more than crumbling piles of rubble. Even though The Rock could pass for a monster himself, it’s safe to assume that these three behemoths will be his foes — which should lead to a cheesy, epic but ultimately, fun showdown between man and beast. According to The Rock on Instagram, film production of Rampage begins later this year — so watch this space.
Director: TBC | Stars: TBC | Release Date: June 30, 2017
If there’s one video game property from the last ten years that lends itself perfectly to a film, it’s Uncharted. Sadly, it’s also the one that has had the most trouble getting off the ground. In the past few years, no less than three different directors have signed on to Uncharted the movie and left the project — Divergent producer Neil Burger, Oscar-nominee David O. Russell and most recently, Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon.
Casting hasn’t fared much better, with Transformers’ Mark Wahlberg, fan favourite Nathan Fillion and Star-Lord himself, Chris Pratt, all previously rumoured to be circling the role — with nobody yet confirmed to be strapping on the braces and holster as Nathan Drake. On the positive side of things, with the Uncharted film adaption recently being given a June 30, 2017 release date, we won’t have long to wait to find out who will be playing everyone’s favourite smart-mouthed fortune hunter Nathan Drake. We would love to see this Uncharted film!
The Last of Us
Director: TBC | Stars: TBC | Release Date: TBC
Many game-to-movie adaptations fail due to a lack of involvement from the team who produced the source material. Fortunately, for those of us looking forward to The Last of Us movie, this isn’t a problem here.
Co-creator Neil Druckmann is confirmed to be penning the screenplay, and Naughty Dog presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra will produce alongside Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. In a chat with IGN, Druckmann also confirmed the Last of Us film will closely follow the game’s story, and given how well that one turned out, it’s safe to assume the LoU film will fare similarly.
Many will chalk this narrative success up to excellent characters, and as such, The Last of Us will live and die by its casting. Fortunately, it’s already looking promising, with Game of Thrones alum Maisie Williams already in talks for the role of Ellie, stating that “the actual film, the making of the film, the script and everything is in very, very early days.”
Though it appears to be a few years off, we may have already received a taste of The Last of Us in cinemas. Audiences were stunned when they saw that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Maggie — released last year — bore tonnes of similarities to Naughty Dog’s survival adventure, including a father-daughter relationship and a zombie infection.
Curiously, the man who created the opening credits to The Last of Us, Henry Hobson, also directed Maggie — closely tying the two projects together. While you wait for the smash-hit PlayStation exclusive to get the silver-screen treatment, check out our Last of Us review of its PS4 remaster, where we declared it “utterly compelling to experience.”
Five Nights at Freddy’s
Director: Gil Kenan | Stars: TBC | Release Date: TBC
Arguably the most eagerly anticipated horror game film currently in production, Five Nights at Freddy’s will be the subject of ravenous fan scrutiny for the years leading up to its release.
Luckily for those fans, early signs have been promising. Director Kenan has been actively sharing production photos across Twitter, each one showcasing a number of terrifying practical effects, with him and his team literally bringing the animatronics to life. The Poltergeist and Monster House helmer has also spoken of the Five Nights at Freddy’s film’s story, confirming it will take place in the same universe as the games. Additionally, it will borrow heavily from the lore that series creator Scott Cawthon has built up — and he will also be heavily involved in the production, lending Five Nights at Freddy’s a huge chunk of credibility in the story department.
At this point, it’s not clear whether Warner Bros. plans on developing any sequels, but given the popularity of the four-game series, it’s a sure bet. And, since we know that the game-to-movie adpation will involve the “phone guy,” the “bite of ‘87” and will be set across numerous locations, it’s safe to assume that there’s enough meat here to stretch across multiple Five Nights at Freddy’s movies, should the first game-to-movie be a success. And the best thing about Five Nights at Freddy’s being a hit? Gil Kenan can finally stop hiding out at Chuck E. Cheese restaurants for research purposes.
Unfortunately for us, we can’t watch any of these game movies yet. So, instead of twiddling your thumbs for the months and months leading up to their release, why not take a look at some of our other awesome lists — including four cancelled games that could’ve rocked in 2016.