Welcome back! Video game adaptations have a terrible reputation and for good reason. Game franchises rarely become good films, but I think there's a specific issue. Studios purchase the rights to various game franchises because they could potentially sell a lot of movie tickets. They hire filmmakers who will make a feature movie and the finished product is a mess. Ultimately, the majority of directors, screenwriters, and producers don't play video games and know very little about the source material. Naturally, this is a recipe for disaster. I honestly believe several game series could be successful film adaptations with the right creators. After all, many games have great stories, characters, world building, and plenty of action. It's the right formula for good cinema. I'm going to list some game franchises that could be awesome films. Check it out!
The original BioShock game has a great story and it's surprisingly thought provoking. It chronicles the fall of a false utopia called Rapture. What happens if an underwater city is built and controlled by individuals who don't have a moral compass? Obviously, you're going to have bloody mayhem. I think it's also a timely subject for the modern era. If a film studio adapted the first BioShock game, it would probably be a decent hit. Besides, I'm sure gamers would love to see Rapture come to life. The costumes would probably be cool too.
The Last of Us
It's a tragic post-apocalyptic game about humanity, survival, and difficult choices in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The characters are exceptionally well developed and this game takes a unique spin on the zombie subgenre. They're considerably stranger and more terrifying than most zombies. A film version could be surprisingly artistic, but still accessible to the mainstream public. I'm pretty sure The Last of Us is being adapted into a tv series on HBO, but a movie seems more appropriate.
Red Dead Redemption
Both of the main Red Dead Redemption games are excellent. They have great stories, immersive environments, and relatable characters. I can't identify many great westerns in the modern era, but this one would have a lot of potential. Red Dead Redemption takes a classic approach to the antihero trope and uses it effectively in the western genre. It could even resurrect the western genre on the big screen for a short period of time.
Horizon Zero Dawn
This is a very unique game set in a post-apocalyptic future. A disastrous event destroyed a technological civilization and now humans are living in a futuristic Stone Age while being hunted by robot dinosaurs. It's about a spunky young lady who's going to bring great change to their culture and hopefully stop those frenzied robots. I think it sounds like a really fun adventure with amazing world building.
The Evil Within
Here's one for horror fans. I didn't enjoy the games, but the story is interesting enough to deserve a movie. In fact, The Evil Within should have been a film instead of a game series anyway. The story and visual elements are more suitable for a feature movie or even a trilogy. A detective walks into a nightmarish environment that bends reality, including monsters, zombies, and booby traps that could easily fit in the Saw films. If you like raw horror, The Evil Within could be a terrifying movie.
This is an Elseworlds version of the Justice League with Superman ruling the world under a totalitarian regime. I doubt Warner Bros. would use the actors in the current DC universe, but it could be a good animated film. It's a worst case scenario with a little bit of hope from the heroes who are willing to fight against Superman. The entire situation goes against Superman's character and that's why it could be a pretty strong Elseworlds story.
The Wolfenstein games also take place in an alternate reality. Some of you might equate it to The Man in the High Castle. In an alternate timeline, the Allies were defeated by the Axis during World War II. Now everyone is under the rule of Nazi Germany. The series also incorporates futuristic technology, such as a robots, genetic engineering, and various super weapons. Overall, the main story follows a group of American rebels who plan to overthrow the Reich. I believe it could be an interesting film adaptation.
Again, I'm not a fan of the gameplay because stealth isn't my strength. But the story and world building is quite intriguing. The Dishonored games take place in a fictional steampunk world with political uprisings, plagues, sorcery, and bizarre Lovecraftian creatures. I'm sure a movie version would be quite expensive, but people tend to enjoy fantasies. It's also nice to see something different periodically.
A films adaptation of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided could be a great step forward for the cyberpunk genre. The game takes place in a dystopian future where enhanced humans are being segregated from the rest of the population. The protagonist becomes a soldier of fortune who uses his augmentations to combat secret organizations and a corrupt political system. I believe it could be a timely and popular story on the big screen.
God of War
Recently, the God of War series was rebooted during the time of Norse mythology. It's a beautiful, fierce, and enchanting game about the God of War who must raise his son to become a warrior while fending off rival Gods and various creatures. It could be a very lush fantasy movie with dynamic characters and cool action scenes. I'm sure it could be significantly better than other fantasy films that are set during antiquity, including Clash of the Titans and The Legend of Hercules.
Surprisingly, the Arkham games have some of the best representation from the Batman comics. It's true to Batman's character, his villains and allies, his technology, Gotham City, and the basic heart of the Dark Knight legacy. Warner Bros. should make a spinoff series about the Arkham games, including the primary storylines. I'm sure it would be a huge success, even among people who don't care about video games.
The Order: 1886
This game is a dark fantasy with vampires, werewolves, knights, and steampunk elements. The Order wasn't liked very well in the gaming community, but I think the premise is more suited for a movie anyway. I don't even believe it would need a massive budget. A midrange budget with a small cast would be fine for this type of property. Again, I think it could be a refreshing change of pace from the typical blockbuster and horror tropes.
Bendy and the Ink Machine
Actually, I believe this game could be a really good animated film on Netflix. It could be a PG-13 type of animated movie that showcases the bizarre and creepy atmosphere of Bendy's world. The founder of an animation studio uses dark magic to bring his characters to life, but they manifest as demonic entities that wreak havoc on the studio and its employees. I think it sounds like a weird horror adventure that could be quite popular on streaming services.
That's all for this week. What game adaptations would you like to see on the big screen? Do you think game adaptations have the potential to work at all? Leave a comment. Stay tuned for more content and thanks for visiting. Have a good night!
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