‘Temple Run’ Video Game to Be Adapted into Feature Film

Published 1 year ago by

Temple Run Temple Run Video Game to Be Adapted into Feature Film

Film adaptations of contemporary video games don’t often encounter the screenplay problems of previous decades. Largely gone are the days when writers had to contort the properties of Super Mario Bros. or Double Dragon to create an ostensibly workable script.

However, not every video game comes with the rich storyline and mythos of  Assassin’s Creed or The Last of Us. One of the largest and most profitable niches in the gaming industry is the mobile market, whose games are often throwbacks to an era when video games were not known for their narrative complexity. In this corner of the market, there are few games as popular and ubiquitous as Temple Run – something that has apparently not escaped the acquisitive eye of Warner Bros.

THR shares the scoop that producer David Heyman (the Harry Potter series) is in negotiations to shepherd Temple Run into big screen production for Warner Bros. Little is known about the direction of this adaptation other than that it will use the Temple Run games’ premise (a manic chase between an Indiana Jones type and various sorts of demonic, skull-faced apes) as the starting point for a decently budgeted supernatural adventure.

The original Temple Run mobile app was created by Imangi Studios and initially released in August 2011. It quickly became one of the most popular apps sold for mobile devices, porting across the spectrum of operating systems. Sensing a bona fide phenomenon, Disney subsequently commissioned Imangi to create Temple Run: Brave and Temple Run: Oz spin-offs to promote the movies of the same names. Not just successful in its own right, Temple Run has inspired a whole field of “endless runner” knockoffs, wannabes, and variants that have flooded the various mobile app storefronts.

Temple Run 2 Screenshot Temple Run Video Game to Be Adapted into Feature Film

With its many millions of downloads, an adaptation of Temple Run does make sense from a certain standpoint. Just like Angry Birds and other currently hot entertainment phenomena, Temple Run will come already attached to a huge cultural awareness. If released soon enough, curiosity alone could drive ticket sales.

At the same time, the screenwriters assigned the task of adapting Temple Run will encounter the same issue struck by those responsible for the video game adaptations of yesteryear: How can this story-less video game with simple gameplay expand into an actual narrative experience?

After all, a truly faithful adaptation of Temple Run would involve nothing but a five-minute chase sequence ending with the protagonist’s death – which then repeats ten or eleven times in a row.


Temple Run does not currently have a projected release date. Keep an eye on Screen Rant as more information becomes available.

Source: THR

Follow Kyle Hembree on Twitter @ProjectNightHam
TAGS: Temple run
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. That could be kind of interesting. An Indiana Jones type of thing?

  2. A Temple Run video game movie already exists, its called Indiana Jones. Maybe Hollywood should do its homework

  3. You mean the Indiana Jones running game that is called something else?

  4. So basically does this mean that I can finally hope for a Fruit Ninja movie trilogy, or what?

    • I am still hoping beyond hope for a Connect 4 Movie.

      Connect 4
      Pretty Sneaky Sis
      Directed by Paul Verhoeven
      Starring Nicholas Cage Megan Fox
      and Tyler Perry as Sis

      • It’s your move Christmas 2016!

  5. LOLOLOLOL no one heard of the angry birds movie I guess? PREDICTED SCRIPT:”So there it is, the un-lockable potion you can buy if you survive 500 meters of flesh eating monkeys.”
    Temple Runner, “500 meters for this potion?”
    Game Instructor,”Yes”
    Temple Runner,”What’s it do?”
    Instructor,”Gives you life next run.”
    Temple Runner,”So I just keep running for no reason?”
    Temple Runner,”Nah, I got better things to do…”
    Game Instructor,”Dam..I’ll call Indiana Jones. Wait a min…”

  6. Its already been adapted into a film. Its called Indiana Jones….

  7. *shoves hand through entire face*