Video Game Adaptations in Film
Ever wonder why movies based on video games suck? It’s alot of reasons to be honest, we've seen some terrible video game adaptations come on go, and it probably won't stop. With the release of Warcraft just over the weekend, the million dollar question since the movie has been in development is "will Warcraft be the movie to spark video games in Hollywood"?. I previously just watched Warcraft and it's a decent movie, long as hell but it's cool, it has the Lord Of The Rings/Hobbit feel to it (if you're huge fans of those films) now I don't play Warcraft and have no idea what it's about but if you're a fan of the franchise then this movie is strictly for you and you will be satisfied, if you have no clue what the fuck is going on like I did then just take your brain out and watch it for the story but mainly the action.
Throughout the years, movies based off video games have been terrible, and you know what's sad?, there were films that tried to succeed such as terrible classics Super Mario Bros, Double Dragon, and Street Fighter, there hasn't been a legit great video game movie since 1995 and that's the year the first Mortal Kombat movie was released. Mortal Kombat wasn't spectacular but it was very good and stayed true to its video game roots with a story similar to Bruce Lee's 'Enter The Dragon', it's sequel Mortal Kombat Annihilation was ass cheeks though, that movie was bad from start to finish, but it's another terrible childhood classic and I'll watch it over again just to laugh. The list goes on and on about how many bad films were made, so what is the problem? Is mainly the studios, I thought Max Payne would've been the movie to set things off in the video game universe but that was a lie. Fox Studios butchered that script like they do their X-Men films, as a huge Max Payne fan I was disappointed, first you make the movie PG-13 with a unrated DVD release down the line, you introduce demons that had nothing to do with the game, (Max had crazy dream sequences in the game but he wasn't fighting demons like Constantine).
What will it take to make a solid video game adaptation these days, you don't need a big budget, a $100 million dollar movie is unnecessary, keep it under, find a great writer/director and you're set, but even then that's not easy, you would have to find someone passionate about the project, for example Joe Carnahan (director of the upcoming Bad Boys 3 and possibly 4) directed the cult classic Smokin Aces, as dark and graphic that film is, Joe would be perfect to helm a Max Payne film, with the success of the Mortal Legacy TV series, hopefully the new movie produced by James Wan does some damage. Michael Bay is producing a Ghost Recon film, 13 Hours was great so hopefully he'll carry that on to Recon specifically the Advanced Warfighter series. The Division got the green light and i can't wait to see how that turns out. Uncharted sounds promising, I don't know about Assassin's Creed yet, I think we need a Resident Evil reboot, I'm not so sure about Tomb Raider, Angry Birds was ok, Rachet and Clank caught a brick, but I believe with the technology with the best directors and studios behind it we can see a great video game adaptation made, but as usual until then just watch the games turned into movies that shattered our hopes, some were "good", the others are just bad.