Charting the Second Coming of Hollywood’s Video Game Movie Adaptations
More often than not, the video game industry is often referred to as a medium in its infancy — and rightfully so. Relative to cinema, the concept of interactive entertainment is still wet behind the ears, but the technology powering the pixels has developed exponentially since Pong enthralled a generation back in ’72.
By the same token, thanks to the bleeding-edge tech used in Avatar, realizing a fantastical world such as Azeroth on screen is no longer outside the realm of possibility. That’s a task assigned to Moon director Duncan Jones, whose grand, Lord of the Rings-inspired vision for Warcraft joins the ranks in our feature assessing Hollywood’s brand new wave of video game adaptations.
Yes, Screen Gems’ lucrative Resident Evil continues to truck along — The Final Chapter will conclude the series in 2017 — and the recent Hitman: Agent 47 failed to light up the box office, but there are a flurry of new projects simmering in various stages of development, each hoping to end the lingering curse that has befallen the practice for the longest time.
Be it Justin Kurzel’s promising Assassin’s Creed film or Sony’s long-gestating Uncharted adaptation, let’s recount the biggest projects in the works at the moment.