Two of the biggest entertainment businesses, Movies and Video Games, have never really had a great relationship. There have been many attempts at blending the to things together. But very few have been received well. From critics or the public. If you ask, many will say Mortal Kombat for the guilty pleasure factor or the Resident Evil franchise for the same reason.
But as video games become more story driven, more and more people want to see their favorite games brought to the big screen. And the expectations to be good are there. And though the past has not been good to us, there are a couple of upcoming projects that give me hope. If you look at a list of video games being worked into movies, you will see a list full of titles in development. Most of those won't ever be made into movies. And many of these are stuck in development hell, like Uncharted. But there are two names that I look at that are coming out and give me a lot of hope: Warcraft and Assassin's Creed.
Warcraft was set to come out December this year, but wisely moved out of the way of Star Wars and back to March 11, 2016. The film is directed to by Duncan Jones and set to star is Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Paula Patton, and many more. Oh, it also happens to be based on thee very popular game World of Warcraft. The plot revolves around the first encounters between the Orcs and the Humans.
A lot of the above paragraph might not mean much. A bunch of names and a small plot detail. And honestly, that is about as much as anybody knows about the movie. Though we did get a look at the movie's lead orc, Orgrim (pictured above). I just have a great feeling about this. WOW has such a great lore and the opportunity to pick and chose certain story points can make one heck of a plot. And I feel great about the people involved. Ben Foster is a solid actor capable of stealing any scene he is in. And if you have seen Jones's Moon, than you know he can direct. I just have a good feeling.
Assassin's Creed is a similar story. There is really not much known except for a release date, 12/21/16, a director, Justin Kurzel, and some stars like Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Ariane Labed. But there is just a feeling around this movie. The games have great stories and Fassbender and Cotillard are Oscar nominated actors.
If these two movies are not only good, but also do solid box office (or just solid box office results), I can pretty much promise that the long list of movies that will never be made will get much shorter.