What’s your favourite video game movie? There’s plenty to choose from, right? And not all of them are very good. It seems that for every Resident Evil or Doom there are a whole bunch of Uwe Boll efforts to bring the genre back down to earth.
But what if you could adapt 1 of your favourite video games right now? What would you choose? If you can’t decide then here are 10 of our top picks to help you get started.
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10. CALL OF DUTY: ZOMBIES
Despite The Walking Dead’s best efforts to desensitise us all to the threat of the undead army, everyone and their grandmother still love a good Zombie flick. That’s why Activision are missing a trick by not adapting the popular Call of Duty: Zombies series into a horror movie franchise.
Welcome to the wasteland. Imagine a post-apocalyptic Fallout movie complete with Super Mutants, Ghouls and the Glowing Deathclaw – how awesome would that be? Fallout would make just as good a TV show as it would a movie, but given a chance – a decent budget, and a writer that knows their stuff – this could be a bigger hit than the atomic bomb that ended the world.
Yes, there has already been a Doom movie, and yes, it wasn’t all that bad. But let’s face it, there is soooo much more that could be done with a Doom movie, especially if it’s able to achieve the once dreaded but now elusive R rating.
A movie could follow the original video game series story, or go off in its own direction, but as long as it involves hordes of demons from the pits of Hell then people will be willing to part with their cash to watch it.
Oh, and it MUST have a FPS sequence in it too. That was utter genius.
7. MASS EFFECT
There is a large portion of the internet that adores Mass Effect and would pay top dollar to see it brought to life on the big screen. Of course, it’s too big for a single, stand-alone movie and would benefit from at least a trilogy to tell its story.
If a Mass Effect movie was given the same treatment as, say, Avatar then it could be a complete game-changer for the video game movie genre.
6. LEGEND OF ZELDA
The Legend of Zelda video game series is as iconic as they come, and yet, despite an unwavering popularity, and cinematic approach, it has only ever been made into a short-lived (but excellent) animated TV show. With the popularity of films like `Lord of the Rings and of course Game of Thrones, the time has never been better to bring Link and his beloved princess to the big screen.
5. DIZZY & THE YOLKFOLK
Not every video game that would make for a great movie has to be from the modern era. There are tons of retro titles that would also look great on the big screen. In fact, one such franchise that would slot right into the style of a studio like Sony Pictures (the team behind The Angry Birds Movie) would be the Codemasters classic ‘Dizzy and the YolkFolk’ series.
For those of you who don’t remember, Dizzy was a heroic egg who – along with his fellow Yolk Folk – blew the minds of Amstrad and Spectrum gamers back in the 1990s. Like Mario, Dizzy would often have to save his main squeeze Daisy, who is so often portrayed as a damsel in distress who has been kidnapped by an evil wizard. The supporting cast of characters, which included the super cool Denzil, the nerdy Dora, and the cranky Grand Dizzy would make for a great ensemble family comedy along the lines of the aforementioned Angry Birds or Smurfs and would lend themselves to any number of sequels or TV spin-offs.
4. LEFT 4 DEAD
If you’ve stuck with The Walking Dead for this long, then you deserve some kind of reward – and that reward could very well be a Left 4 Dead movie, complete with zombie clowns.
3. LITTLE NIGHTMARES
Little Nightmares was a puzzle-platform-horror released by Bandai Namco in 2017. It was something of a sleeper hit, with plenty of gamers overlooking what would turn out to be one of the very best games of the last decade.
The story – which centres around a little girl trying to escape a mysterious vessel without being eaten by a variety of bizarre characters – would be perfect for a studio like Laika, the team responsible for Coraline and Paranorman.
2. THE WOLF AMONG US
Based on the Bill Willingham comic book Fable, The Wolf Among Us was a hugely successful episodic interactive adventure game from Telltale. It seemed like an odd choice upon its release, but it would prove to be one of the soon to be defunct developers top sellers, with its fun mix of horror and folklore and authentic Fable artwork.
Likewise, the story of Bigby Wolf, the no-nonsense sheriff of Fabletown, would work as a gritty, low-budget neo-noir – and throw in some Jim Henson puppets for the less humanoid characters and you could have a modern genre classic on your hands.
1. SUPER MARIO BROS.
Let’s forget for a moment that the 1993 Morton and Jankel monstrosity ever existed, and take a minute to appreciate how ripe the Super Mario video games are for adapting into a movie franchise. There’s already an iconic and proven pot built-in and instantly recognisable characters and locations, meaning all the filmmaker would need to do is come up with some shit-hot casting and a decent screenwriter – and as long as they resist the urge to make this live-action, then there’s no reason why a Super Mario Bros movie franchise can’t run and run.
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