Game(s) Would Like To See Become Either Tv Series Or Feature Film?

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Were getting a Warcraft film , maybe they will do a Diablo film?
 

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Were getting a Warcraft film , maybe they will do a Diablo film?

I doubt they will do any Blizzard-based films since WoW is on its way out and the single player games like Diablo just do not have enough of a preset story to run a whole film, in my opinion. They are focusing on their new MMO that is going to be coming out (which looks promising) instead of on the old games.

If they were to do any, I would love a Starcraft film. But it would have to be based on Broodwar instead of SC2, because SC2 was a huge disappointment as far as story goes in my opinion.
 

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I read an interview recently (I think it was in the Sci-fi Monster's special of SFX) where John Carpenter had expressed a great interest in making a Dead Space movie. He said something like, "the plot is already written" (not meaning that someone has written a screenplay, but that the story in the franchise is so comprehensive).

Adding to the chorus of requests for Mirror's Edge and I think the idea for an Assassin's Creed 2 series is a fabulous one. I love the fact that a movie is being made but I'm less than pleased that Fassbender is in it. I like him as an actor, but I just don't see what character he could be cast as. Whether the movie actually gets made remains to be seen as Ubisoft are (thankfully) being incredibly protective of the direction it goes, and because they want final approval on where the story goes, the studios (I think Sony pictures?) have been eschewing and recapitulating.

I'd also be quite interested to see a movie of Adam Wake - the only Xbox game I have played.

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I know that technically it's not just a game as it's based on the books - but I think The Witcher could make a decent series.
It was done about 12 years ago (never saw it) and it sounds like it got panned by everyone - but that was before the CD Projekt game success and the huge advances in CGI.

There's magic, flashy swords and a packed bestiary of tasty monsters for Geralt to take on a different one each episode. That weekly challenge, along with some underlying sub plot about the Wild Hunt or resistance uprisings to keep the whole thing going, is the standard success formula for so many series. You could go for the full GoT parental advisory approach, which would be true to the game, or tone it down and turn it into a sort of Grimm Mk II (I like Grimm, so not intended as derogatory).

Either way, it's probably the only way I'll get to revisit Vyzima 'cos I can't justify upgrading the 360 for a single game just yet.
 

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First, a game needs to have a thorough and credible story to be made into a decent movie. I don't mean just a concept or even a cool premise... I mean it must have a solid plot with a gripping beginning, an intriguing middle, and a satisfying ending. The film must feature a believable protagonist fighting for justifiable reasons against a genuine villain.

Do you care to remember the worst movies from games? Alone in the Dark. Double Dragon. Postal. Dungeon Siege. Silent Hill. BloodRayne.

How about the best movies from video games? Mortal Kombat. Tomb Raider. Max Payne. Prince of Persia. Final Fantasy.

The best scores for a movie from a video game on Rotten Tomatoes are Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within at 44% and Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker at 45%.

To put this in perspective with other sci-fi and fantasy films.... the worst Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is 78%... the worst of Star Wars, The Phantom Menace is 57%... the 1978 Ralph Bakshi version of The Lord of the Rings is 50%... the complete and utter travesty that is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is 64%...

And for the love of God... Snow Shark is only 42%... The Beastmaster is 42%... Hawk the Slayer is 58%... and the Total Recall remake is 47%.

Robot vs. The Aztec Monster is 50% and Yor, the Hunter from the Future is 51%... and they were lampooned on MST3K!

So do you really want Hollywood to ruin your favorite game?

I think that Bioware makes some games with good stories. Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age: Origins, and the Mass Effect series (right up until the end) all have potential to be told in another format.

My Commander Shepard was a paragon throughout the three games. He dispensed a ton of justice while showing mercy when he could. When the Rachni Queen finally communicated a promise to make peace, Shepard spared her. When any Krogan showed desires to live amicably with the galaxy, Shepard aided them. When the Quarians were threatened by the Geth, Shepard supported them. BUT... Shepard also backed the Genophage because the Krogan leadership continually refused to deal rationally with other sentient beings. His best friend was Mordin Solus. SPOILER ALERT. In the third game, when Mordin decided to undo the Genophage... Shepard was in a quandary. The Salarians offered their help against the Reapers, but only if Shepard stopped Mordin. The Krogan promised to help against the Reapers, but only if Shepard undid the Genophage. And since the Krogan race never repented the way the Rachni Queen did.... Shepard shot Mordin in the back and kept the Genophage in place. Then he lied to the Krogan by telling them the Genophage was undone. And he received full support from both the Krogans and the Salarians. I put the game back on the shelf for a while... I felt ill for two days after... And that was a gripping story.

Shepard was originally motivated by his desire to be the best, to make Spectre, and to help establish Humans on the Council. His motives became personal after Saren betrayed him. Then he found out the plan to destroy sentient life in the galaxy... and he found himself seeking some comfort in Ashley's arms.

And Shepard's life only became more complicated later, but the fuller story of the Krogan and the Genophage came out.

Harbinger, the Reapers, Saren, Kai Leng, and the Illusive Man make for a plethora of villains. Their morals and motives range from practicality and racism to greedy and sadistic. Add in the rogue Krogan, Humans, criminals, and Geth and you find everyone gunning for Shepard just because he's in the way.

The story had a solid opening and the tried and true premise of saving the galaxy. Along the way, the fates of several races were decided before the final battle even took place. Yet, the ending of ME3 was garbage. SPOILER ALERT. I was given three choices from which I could select to end the game. The first choice was to side with the villain of ME1. Wait... if I wanted to side with him, I'd have done it instead of killing him and thwarting his nefarious plan. The second option was to side with the Reapers, the real antagonists over the entire series. Wait... if I wanted to side with them, then why did I play well over a hundred hours of this game? I chose the option to destroy the amoral robots who tried to murder all sentient life. The writers deemed my choice as evil. Seriously. It was nonsensical, juvenile, and insulting. Kind of like having Superman travel through time by reversing the Earth's rotation or like having everyone in The Departed die as violently as possible in the last five minutes or like having Russell Crowe walk around in L.A. Confidential after being shot a dozen times.
 
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Half Life 2, to me its the best game ever made, excellent story, fantastic atmosphere, creepy with lots of action, and its SF.
 

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Nice stats, Boaz.

However, those are critics' scores. I looked up Final Fantasy: Advent Children (more closely based on the game than Spirits Within), thinking you might have missed it. Nope, 33%. But its user rating was 82%. That's a huge disparity. (Though I'd side with the critics myself.)

First, a game needs to have a thorough and credible story to be made into a decent movie. I don't mean just a concept or even a cool premise... I mean it must have a solid plot with a gripping beginning, an intriguing middle, and a satisfying ending. The film must feature a believable protagonist fighting for justifiable reasons against a genuine villain.

The thing is, the game FF7 had all this, in spades. But it probably felt so engaging because you were spending 40 hours of active effort (albeit some of it rather repetitive) whilst piecing the story together. Whether it would have worked as a passive film experience -- even if they'd stuck to the game plot rather than making up some new nonsense for Advent Children -- I'm not sure.
 

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Half Life 2, to me its the best game ever made, excellent story, fantastic atmosphere, creepy with lots of action, and its SF.


Both I and 2 would make terrific tv series.:)
 

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Boaz's posts makes the idea of a Mass Effect film sound great but a game of such grand scale where you are free to explore and become immersed in the lore at leisure would, if previous film conversions are to be gone by, be difficult condensing it all down - there is so much that either the viewer could become lost, or the game player would feel too much was cut. It would need at least a trilogy, and that is a risky commitment for the sort of budgets needed to bring it to life.

Cynical maybe, but it is something I would love to see. Funnily enough I thought John Crichton of Farscape would make a great Shepherd.

Also I was thinking Fallout could make a good film, as long as it was a little tongue in cheek, it might work. Would be a tricky sale to non-players though.

One game I was thinking of as well that could appeal broadly was Dark Souls. The lore could be treated the same away as the game, subtly, not focused on really, just there in the background if you care to look. The main focus could simply work as a survival horror, all sorts of grisly monsters the protagonist has got to scupper by, some random characters a la Labyrinth they could meet. And a nice soul snaring twist to wrap it all up.

OK I am trying but just cannot think of one good film that came from a game.

Super Mario Brothers with Bob Hoskins was obviously super tripe but sits in a nostalgic place in my heart from watching as a child.
The now comedy classic Street Fighter is forgivable - come on - Van-Damme in his prime all legs and that as Guile, Kylie as Cammy (genius), and Raul Julia was all sorts of awesome as Bison. It was bit plastic though wasn't it, and the plot was .... you know I don't even remember what they were all doing!

I suppose thinking hard about it, the best film conversion I can summon up in my memory would have to be... Resident Evil, the first one. It was actually alright.
 
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HareBrain... According to Mark Twain there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. My preferred plan of attack involves stats, if I can get them... and then misread them and misapply them. Ooops. Sorry.
 

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Star Trek Armada.

I loved playing this game and thought it had a pretty strong story. Certainly better than the Next Generation movies that we've had.
 

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Hmmm thinking of my favorite games of the last few years, I'm not sure any would make good movies as the have to much background associated with them:

Mass Effect - Love it, my fave overall series. But I'm not sure how they could tell the story in a couple of hours and do it justice.
Halo Reach - I think that would turn cheesy rather than the tragic that it seemed in the game
Witcher 2 - I understand they did this as a film called the Hexer that was awful!
Assassins Creed: Black Flag - That is the most possible I guess, although the TV series Black Sails has most of the same characters and fills that gap for me.
Splinter Cell (the latest one, I forget what its called) - To be fair they could do a direct lift of the cutscenes and it would make a fair switch off and enjoy movie.
 

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Deus Ex would be amazing as a film. Either the first game or the most recent one (Human Revolution). The second/middle game was just awful...

I also agree with whoever mentioned Metal Gear Solid, it's very doable.
 

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Hmmm thinking of my favorite games of the last few years, I'm not sure any would make good movies as the have to much background associated with them:

Mass Effect - Love it, my fave overall series. But I'm not sure how they could tell the story in a couple of hours and do it justice.
Halo Reach - I think that would turn cheesy rather than the tragic that it seemed in the game
Witcher 2 - I understand they did this as a film called the Hexer that was awful!
Assassins Creed: Black Flag - That is the most possible I guess, although the TV series Black Sails has most of the same characters and fills that gap for me.
Splinter Cell (the latest one, I forget what its called) - To be fair they could do a direct lift of the cutscenes and it would make a fair switch off and enjoy movie.

All of those are good choices. Looks Assassins Creed might up a film. Halo was supposed to be a tv series at one point, ther has been a couple of film adaptations.

I wish Game Workshop would do a Warhammer live action film or two.
 

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Star Trek Armada.

I loved playing this game and thought it had a pretty strong story. Certainly better than the Next Generation movies that we've had.


It would make a great film, no question .
 

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They are doing the Legend of Zelda as a tv series.(y)
 

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Halo seems to have worked out as a tv series. :)
 

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As I was playing Mass Effect 2, an acquaintance who had already finished it remarked, “There’s a lot of game in that movie.”
 

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