ByMatthew Bailey, writer at
Husband. Father. Gamer. Cinema Lover. Mix it all together, and there I am. I love all things pop-culture and coffee; but coffee is the best.
Matthew Bailey

Following in my newly decided series of Resurrect, Reboot or Retire : comes my next installment. I was reading an article by Scott Pierce here about the confirmation of a big screen adaptation of the Playstation crown jewel The Last of Us, and it got me thinking about some of the other video game movie adaptations and if I thought there was potential for resurrectiing or rebooting or whether the movie life should just be buried and forgotten.

So let's start the fun.

First up on my list:

Lara Croft - Tomb Raider

I know that this one is in the works, since the rights to the film have been acquired by GK Films with the idea of crafting an 'origin' story. Let's look at if there's potential. The original film with Angelina Jolie as Lara, was met with decent commercial success of about $130million lifetime earnings. It was the highest growing video game film to date. The video game franchise always seemed to have a good story to should be able to lend itself to the big screen, that was proved by Angelina Jolie's version of Lara Croft, the movie was successful although it was terribly done.

Ultimately, I believe that it needs to be-


Like I said, it has great potential and lends itself to the big screen, but I think that they need to go in the direction that Christopher Nolan took with Batman. He veered away from the ridiculousness of the first sets. It looked at the darker side of Batman, the grittier aspect of Batman's origin. That style, similar to the current version of the Tomb Raider series, would make for what I believe to be an even more successful movie. As far as replacement actresses, I think there are 4 women that off the top of my head could fit the build.

  • Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Clash of the Titans)
  • Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6, Haywire)
  • Lynn Collins (John Carter, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, True Blood)
  • Olivia Wilde (Tron, Cowboys & Aliens, House M.D.)

Next up is:

Mortal Kombat

This is one of those games that I still go back to if I'm in a button mashing kind of mood. I still remember sitting in my friends basement playing on his PS2, I always picked Scorpion or Sub-Zero. I would hit the same button combo's over and over and I always won because I button-mashed so fast that my character tripped his over and over and over and over. He would get so pissed and I would just sit there laughing.
The original movie which came out almost 20 years ago, is one of those classically poorly done films. The first was decent, but the sequel was a laughing stock. The plot behind the first movie was solid though, it gave some validity and it steered away at the beginning from the magic and powers that exist in the video game until they crossed into another dimension.

In my mind, I think there is enough potential for it to be-


Now saying that, I also think that it really needs to focus on a more substantial underlying story.Now apparently a reboot has been in the works for the past 2 years. There has been updates few and far between and everything seems to be conflicting. Some sources say that Kevin Tancharoen (creator of the viral web series Mortal Kombat:Legacy) is directing, others say he has declared that he won't be directing. Since there's really no concrete word as to the status, all I can say is that I'm optimistic, but similar to how Tomb Raider will need to be rebooted, I feel that Mortal Kombat would need to take a similar approach and veer away from the ridiculousness of the first 2 films. Focus on the gritty side of the combat and the fighting while looking at building a strong cast.

Third video game movie adaptation on my list is:

Prince of Persia

This is one of the more recent movie based on a video game, it was right up there with Tomb Raider in terms of lifetime earnings. It didn't follow the story of the game that I grew up with, and that was a let-down on my part, but as far as movie watchability goes. It was one of my most favorite video game turned movie- movies. Jake G. played the prince fairly well, and I thought it had a good mix of comedy, action, adventure, etc. etc.

I'd call this one potential for being:


I would love to see a sequel built out of the first movie, and honestly I wouldn't care if it stayed along the same premise of the first movie, but then I think it would become a completely different story altogether, whereas if they maybe try to shift the movie back towards the original game premise, it might make for an interesting sequel.

That's all I have for right now. Stay tuned for the next installment of Resurrect, Reboot or Retire


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