There aren’t all that many good movies based on video games, but maybe that’s just because the right adaptation hasn’t come along yet. Video games are more cinematic and visually impressive now than ever before, and their popularity means that Hollywood is continuing to try and find ways of turning major video game franchises into major movie franchises.
Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Video Games We Want To See On Film.
Grand Theft Auto
As we mentioned in our previous video, “Movies You Didn’t Know Were Shaped By Video Games“, Crank is modelled after the insanity of games like Grand Theft Auto. In turn, Grand Theft Auto was heavily influenced by classic crime movies like Heat, Scarface and Goodfellas. So why not keep the cycle going by making a Grand Theft Auto movie, complete with all of the violence, satire and gleeful immorality that made the video game series such a hit. With a dream director like Michael Mann, Martin Scorsese or Robert Rodriguez behind the wheel, Grand Theft Auto could take over movie theaters as successfully as it took over games consoles.
We’ve all seen action movies where the hero shows up just in time to prevent nuclear bombs being dropped on the United States. Well, the Fallout series is set in a world where that hero never showed up. What makes the Fallout games particularly good source material for a movie adaptation isn’t so much the story, but the setting. When the dust clears, America is a blasted wasteland occupied by small pockets of life including bandits, monsters, slavers, weird cults, military factions like the Enclave and the Brotherhood of Steel, and a whole lot of regular people just trying to scratch a living. For the right filmmaker, this world could be the perfect backdrop for an original story set in the Fallout universe.
Silent Hill 2
There have already been two movies based on the Silent Hill games – one of them pretty good, the other pretty terrible. These games were based on the first Silent Hill game and Silent Hill 3, which deal with the town’s strange cult and the little girl who becomes a vessel for their god. Silent Hill 2, however, is about a man called James Sunderland who comes to Silent Hill after his wife sends a letter inviting him to the town. He finds this pretty disturbing, since his wife has been dead for three years. It’s a great set-up for a game full of mystery, psychological horror and creepy monsters – all of which could transfer very well to the big screen.
Anyone who’s seen a Mad Max movie will easily be able to spot the direct influence of those films in Borderlands, Gearbox Software’s colorful, cel shaded open world role-playing shooter. The alien planet of Pandora is a dangerous wasteland and pretty much everyone who lives there is insane, but that’s all part of its charm. The plot of the games follows groups of fortune seekers who are trying to track down mysterious Vaults full of immensely powerful alien technology, and we’d love to see a filmmaker tackle both the offbeat humor and the treasure-hunting quest at the heart of the Borderlands series.
With prosthetic limbs becoming ever more advanced, the world of cyberpunk shooter series Deus Ex is starting to seem like a realistic vision of the future. As human beings start to use technology to evolve their own biology, the player is faced with some hard choices regarding what the future of the human race should look like, and how it should be governed. The original Deus Ex is still the pinnacle of the series, but Deus Ex: Human Revolution was the title that really demonstrated just how great a movie adaptation could look.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Peter Jackson’s take on The Hobbit didn’t quite live up to the standards set by the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but an adaptation of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor could be a great addition to the movie canon. The game takes place after the events of The Hobbit but before The Lord of the Rings, and focuses on a Ranger called Talion, who is killed by Sauron’s forces but is saved when a wraith merges with his body, turning Talion into an undead warrior with some very unique abilities. Enraged by the slaughter of his family, Talion proceeds to single-handedly wreak havoc on Sauron’s army of Orcs, playing an unsung role in preventing the fall of Middle-earth.
Given the current Hollywood craze for comic book movies, now is the perfect time for a movie version of inFAMOUS. This open world game casts players as Cole McGrath, a bike courier who gains electricity-based superpowers when he’s caught at the center of a devastating explosion. After the smoke clears, Cole is faced with the choice to either become a superhero and save the citizens of Empire City, or use his powers to become a supervillain and make people fear and despise him. No matter which path you pick, this is one comic book style video game that we definitely want to see on film.
The Wolf Among Us
Based on the Fables comic books by Bill Willingham, The Wolf Among Us is a cool, noir detective story with a fantasy twist. When characters from fairy tales are exiled to live in the human world, the Big Bad Wolf changes his ways and becomes Sheriff Bigby Wolf, the lawkeeper of Fabletown. After discovering the horrible murder of a young woman, Bigby embarks on a desperate hunt for a serial killer and along the way finds himself digging deeper into the corruption and organized crime at the heart of the Fable community. It’s a tense story with plenty of interesting characters, and it has the potential to be a great crime thriller movie – with a talking pig as a bonus.
The stakes don’t get much higher than trying to prevent a race of synthetic beings from wiping out every last trace of intelligent life in the galaxy. That’s the task that falls to Commander Shepherd in Bioware’s Mass Effect trilogy, which is set a long way into the future after humanity has managed to tentatively establish itself in the hierarchy of the Milky Way’s alien races. This beautiful and expansive science fiction epic captured the hearts of gamers, and with the right director on board could capture the hearts of moviegoers as well.
These are the video games that we would most like to see on film, but are there any that you think deserved to be on the list? Let us know in our comment section and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel for more videos like this one.