So video game movies don't have an excellent track record, and by this I mean they've been terrible. But with the exception of the abysmal 1993 adaptation of Super Mario Brothers and the 2 hour long 1989 product plug that was The Wizard, Nintendo has been relatively unscathed in terms of bad VG films, and apart from their flagship character, there’s still a plethora of classic Nintendo material to work with to make great films. Here are a few ideas that I think might work.
Metal Gear Solid:
Now director has already green-lighted a movie based on the adventures of the legendary soldier of fortune Solid Snake. Those who’ve played the games know that these are some of the greatest war stories ever told. The characters are larger than life, the stories are emotional and epic, the settings (both the times and the places) are ripe for film, the movie writes itself. With Kojima producing, a director like at the helm, and a tough, badass, middle aged action movie vet (with talent please) playing Snake, what could possibly go wrong?
The Legend of Zelda:
Yes, you all want this to happen. Arguably the greatest fantasy game series ever made, The Legend of Zelda has the potential to be a fantasy epic to rival Lord of the Rings. Pick a game, write a script, let Peter Jackson direct it, get Miyamoto on speed-dial to make sure it looks pretty, and we have a movie.
Fox, Falco, Peppy, Slippy, Krystal: these are all names etched upon the minds of everyone who has come in contact with the awesome Sci-Fi games of Star Fox. This would make an awesome CGI franchise of flicks in the style of films like Terra or Avatar, or how about a Star-Wars style film that could actually USE CGI. If directs them and can find an actor who can pull off the kind of a token hero voice with a slightly vulnerable side for the leading role (like ) then there you have it!
What do you think? Would these games work as feature films? Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!