It's shaping up that 2015 and beyond is going to be a pretty big year for video games getting their big screen debut, and 'Assassin's Creed' starring Michael Fassbender is already getting some exposure as it is as of late. But, 'Assassin's Creed' is not the only one that might be amazing you in the years to come. Believe it or not, when I first gained the information, there was quite a bit that I thought was going to be truly amazing, with a few choices that left me scratching my head. But, before I get into that, let me do a run-down as to what all of us video-game nerds are going to be looking forward to:
Dead Rising: Watchtower
Dead Rising is definitely getting a film treatment, but sadly, not to the large screen. It's actually being presented as a direct-to-VOD release from Legendary and will appear on the VOD site, Crackle. The cast will star Rob Riggle from the 21 Jump Street series of movies and Let's Be Cops as photojournalist Frank West. Also invited to the zombie apocalypse is Keegan Connor Tracey (ABC's Once Upon A Time and A&E's thriller series, Bates Motel) as Jordan, a straight-laced journalist. Next is Aleks Paunovic (This Means War, opposite Chris Pine) as biker leader Logan, and Canadian comedian Harley Morenson as his second-in-command Pyro. From what other sites are saying, they are fashioning this movie in the comedy-horror genre, along the lines of movies like Zombieland. No release date to Crackle has yet been announced.
Ubisoft is allowing two films to be given big screen glory, and the first is Sam Fisher, our favorite covert operative from the long-standing popular series of games created by Ubisoft and Tom Clancy (the same man who brough us Jack Ryan and the popular Rainbow Six phenomenon). Talks are already in progress for the director and star of the film. The director credits are currently in talks with Doug Liman (whose credits include The Bourne Identity with Matt Damon and Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise). As for who will play Sam, this is getting thrown to this man....
That's right, Tom Hardy! One of our favorite Batman villians has been asked to play the role of the take-no-prisoners black hatter and family man.
Okay, another racing movie that will also be going up against the upcoming Need for Speed, another one of Ubisoft's projects that is getting a film. However, this film is still currently in development and Sony has not released any new information on the film project or as to when it will be released. Critics do fear, however, that with Gran Tourismo being nothing more than a popular racing simulator that getting a good solid movie script may take some actual doing. Also, with the current success of the Fast and Furious series of films, they think that it may cast a HUGE shadow on this film and possibly kill it before it even enters the theater. We'll just have to wait and see.
The word on this film is that the producer of the popular The Lego Movie will be getting his hands on this one. So far, there is not much that has been stated about it. The reason is that they do not know what kind of script and storyline that it is going to be. With this game being an open-ended world, it can go a lot of places. But, analysis from lots of critics and moviephiles is that it's going to take the comedy route like the film stated above.......
Information about this upcoming movie was released back in 2013, and all that is known is that a deal has been reached between New Regency and Ubisoft to make the film.
The most that has been said about the project comes from President of Production at Columbia Pictures, Hannah Minghella, in an interview at Screen Rant:
“The themes and open gameplay of ‘Watch Dogs’ lends itself perfectly to the big screen. The game has intense action and adventure, but the story focuses on information and the control of information, which we think will lead to an exciting thriller. It has tremendous potential as a motion picture and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Ubisoft’s internal creative team on the development of the project.”
The popular first-person shooter set on an island where former Special Forces vet and now boatman, Jack Carver, is trying to escape a top-secret military base where the development of super-soldiers is currently in progress. But, this is looking to be a reboot as this game had already received the movie treatment back in 2008 at the hands of director Uwe Boll (Bloodrayne, Alone In The Dark). I can see why if he was at the helm of the project, as any video-game film that the man has made has not done well, and the direct-to-video-sequels did not do any better. Hopefully, maybe the next person that gets this will do a better job. No release date yet either.
This film almost didn't happen, as several directors and writers took off from the project due to creative differences. As of this year though in February, the project finally gained a director in Seth Gordon (whose credits include Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, and Four Christmases). The script is currently being written by Michael Boal (whose credits include The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, and In the Valley of Elah) . But the real question is: who is playing Nathan Drake?
Mark Wahlberg is now slated to play Nathan Drake, but there was another who was campaigning at the same time for the role as well...
That's right. Castle himself! During the time of casting, Nathan Fillion had actually started a Twitter campaign among his fans to see if they could get the studio to give him a chance at the role. But, once the decision had been made, Fillon backed off and accepted the decision. But, the good news on that front is that if Uncharted goes beyond Wahlberg's role, they are still considering Fillion for future projects if the first film is as successful as they hope. As it stands now, Uncharted is slated with a tentaive date of June 10th, 2016, for release.
Metal Gear Solid
Talks for this film began just this year, and the project has been in the works for quite some time. Based on the 1998 video game, this movie is having its share or growing pains. The talks that have been going on have been so far only for the director, whom is Jordan Vogt-Roberts. They still have not gotten a script yet or a casting call made, which has a lot of newsies within the industry as well as others worried about the future of this franchise. With all of the time that has gone into getting it off the ground, there are many that are asking if it has just been too much time. My hopes is no, and that they can finally after these talks finally start getting back on track with this one.
Now, I know there are a lot of people that are waiting fort his one (myself included). But, it looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer. While Michael Fassbender has been named within the cast and director Justin Kurzel, there have been major writing changeups as well as the pushing back of the release date. From the looks of things, they are looking to make a very sprawling epic with this, involving several time periods rather than just doing one period at a time. (Talk about an undertaking!) But, the good news is that the movie's star, Michael Fassbender, has been keeping in touch with the fans and keeping them updated as to the progress of the film. Here is what he had to say via IGN:
“I love these rumors! It’s fantastic. People talk about it, and they’re hopefully interested. Nothing has changed, yeah. I’m still a part of Assassin’s Creed, and we’re working on the script as we speak. Actually, I’m going to go back and see the writers when I get back to Europe.”
Here's why it is taking so long according to him:
“You know, we absolutely want to respect the game. There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we’re definitely making a feature film, and we’re approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world. I don’t really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory — you know, I think it’s a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, ‘This is so rich,’ and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I’m really excited about it, and we’re working very hard to make sure that we’ve got the best and most exciting, original package.”
Coming from him, that only tells me that we are going to get something great!
The Last Of Us
Not another zombie apocalypse movie, that is for sure! Rather, it is more like the movie The Crazies starring Timothy Olyphant (a personal fav). But, it still in some ways looks like zombie lore also.
The most we know is the movie is going to happen. It's just a matter of when. The screenwriters and producers are still trying to ferret out the direction that the movie will take. Considering how big a scope The Last of Us is, this is a project that could end up getting pushed back. My reasoning: having a hard time making a decision. But, there's still hope. For now, this is what it should look like if they want to follow it verbatim:
There's also Need For Speed, Raving Rabbids, and so forth coming, but these were the ones that I felt had just a little higher of credibility. As soon as I know more, I'll keep you guys in the loop. Until then!