Right now, Superhero films are very much all the rage in the film world, with several of them per year from around 3 major studios. So I have to wonder, what went so wrong that stopped videogames from taking that place, to be box office hot property? What history altering calamity caused videogames to become so toxic?
But that was 1993, it was a simpler time. I say it's time to give it another shot, and if you need a reason: there is a Smurfs film in the world. and it's getting sequels. If anything can now be film fodder, then why not Videogames? Yes, there's films like Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time, and upcoming films like Mass Effect and Bioshock, but they're not true videogame movies, they're games that are practically already movies, with someone taking them the last mile. I want to see, and bear with me here, this:
Well, sort of this. I want them to make a series pertaining to this, and POSSIBLY building up to an attempt at this as a film. Let's start small and non-ambitious:
Sonic the Hedgehog movie. He's a beloved character and a flagship for videogames everywhere. The film would be live action, drawing heavily from the Transformers series, with CGI characters. It would be based on "Sonic Adventure" for a few reasons: it was the first appearance of Sonic's current design, so it represents the fondly remembered past of Sonic, avoiding his current mediocre street cred, but kids will still recognise him, as the character has not changed since. It would therefore be marketable to both young and old, the game had 4 chronological sequels, so sequels won't be a problem, and the game had a workable plot.
Next, we bring in the big boss:
Super Mario bros have a grudge match with hollywood, I know it went badly the last time, but we can rebuild it, we have the technology, we can make it better, stronger, faster. We'd remove the dinosaur elements from the equation, as they were too much for the audience to take in the first 5 minutes of the original. Instead, there'll be an opening monologue about there being 8 worlds (eh?) connected by portals that form on the surface of water. Bowser is leading an invasion through the city's plumbing and only the portly plumber can stop him. This film would be a test of whether the genre is here to stay.
Then we follow up with Sonic 2:
This film would be based on Sonic Adventure 2, would introduce Shadow the hedgehog, and would be much darker than the first. It would serve to either remind people of the good aspects of Videogame movies (assuming Mario failed at the box office) or would continue the trend like Iron Man 2 did (assuming it did well.) Of all Videogame films, I see this one being remembered as a classic.
Next we move onto the good-yet-tricky stuff. Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Followed swiftly by Legend of Zelda: The Hero of Time. I envision this film in 2 parts, both because of the length and content of the game and because it should be a true fantasy epic, not a parody or a tie in, it should take itself seriously and follow in the footsteps of The Lord of the Rings. Hyrule is a vast and wondrous place with many perils and dangers, and there should be time to show all of it. The story of the young boy who leaves his home in the forest and is flung 7 years into the future, where evil reigns and he is now an adult and the world's last hope, is one that should be told on a better medium than the Nintendo 64.
Last in what I like to think of as "Phase 1" is the original Sci-fi game: Metroid.
Set in the far space-age future, the Metroid series follows protagonist (and female bounty hunter) Samus Aran, as she battles the (much scarier than they sound) Space Pirates, an insectoid/reptilian race that killed her parents and plunder human colonies. The eponymous Metroids are bizarre and deadly creatures put to use as living weapons. The film would be based on Metroid Prime, a game that comes as part of a trilogy and serves as the perfect introduction to the Metroid Universe, new characters would need to be introduced to break up the loneliness, but Samus would spend enough of the film exploring alone that fanboys wouldn't complain.
Then, and ONLY then, could they CONSIDER bringing Super Smash Bros. to the silver screen. SSB is not the Avengers, and might not assemble as easily, being that characters are from the past and future, gritty and cartoonish. It might take another phase and some more characters to make it a bit more seamless.
or maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. What do you think? Leave a comment below, I'll answer after I defeat this next boss.