Five Video Games That Would Make Great Movies
As a whole, I think the film industry is struggling to produce new content. It’s no surprise that the four out of the five top grossing films of 2016 are all new installments in already established franchises. One area that Hollywood has dabbled in, but has never gotten quite right, is video game adaptations. Here are five games that I think could translate well into film, given the right direction and writing, of course. Bonus: I even cast my own main characters!
With its wonderfully inventive story and amazing environments, BioShock seems like the perfect candidate for a game-to-film adaptation. I, for one, would love to see a live action Big Daddy and Little Sister on the big screen. However, I think the writing and direction could make or break a BioShock film adaptation. Many things would likely be changed to account for budget and screen time, but I believe with the right people in place BioShock would make a great flick. BioShock was actually slated to become a movie until the director dropped out.
Main Character: Ryan Gosling as Jack
4. Left 4 Dead
The Left 4 Dead games are ideal for film adaptations because there is much left unaccounted for in the games. The characters do not have deep back-stories, nor do the various campaign levels throughout game, making it a perfect opportunity to add to the game’s appeal while not causing intense backlash from purist gamers. Plus, how awesome would it be to see a CGI tank on the big screen?
Main Character: Jeff Bridges as Bill
3. Red Dead Redemption
The historical setting of Red Dead Redemption makes it a good candidate for a film adaptation. Many people enjoy westerns, and I am willing to bet that gamers and grandparents alike would anticipate the film. The characters of Red Dead are extremely interesting and would translate well from game to movie. There are quite a few pitfalls that could make a Red Dead movie an absolute disaster, but just imagine the possibilities of cinematic deadeye animation.
Main Character: Timothy Olyphant as John Marston
2. Alan Wake
As pretty much my favorite game of all time I had to include Alan Wake in this list. While the game is quite cinematic in and of itself, I think Alan Wake could bring something new to the horror genre, which has gotten somewhat stale and repetitive in recent years. Wake’s story is scary, dynamic, and interesting enough to provide a strong plotline and fairly easy to write screenplay. While I would prefer a very true-to-original adaption, I think the film could work in a variety of different ways.
Main Character: Jared Leto as Alan Wake OR IIka Villi as Alan Wake (the actor who has already played Wake in various cinematic scenes)
1. Tomb Raider
I understand that Tomb Raider has already been made into a film, but I am suggesting a reboot of the entire franchise that takes a page out of the newest game reboot’s book. A Tomb Raider movie that delves deep into the psychology of Lara Croft and her origin, if written and directed well, could be a wonderful thing. If Lara is cast correctly and the movie stays more true to the game than its predecessor, Hollywood could make some serious bank on a rebooted Tomb Raider franchise.
Main Character: Gina Carano as Lara Croft