Let's face it, Video Games to Film have not had the best track record. Why? Well two reasons. Money and features. As stated by Game Theory, these films are essentially taking out the best part of the game, interactivity. There's also a drive to make money which leads to a lack of passion. Never fear readers, there are games that could totally make great films. Here's my list!
1. Conker's Bad Fur Day
This game is awesome! It's the perfect satire on video games and pop culture while featuring some themes that no other game at the time had the balls to feature. It's simply brilliant.
The perfect thing about this game is that it isn't all about the gameplay and leaves a lot of potential for a film. It doesn't have to be a direct adaptation, it could have a brand new plot that focuses on satirizing the media of film.
Director: Seth Macfarlane
Seth's skills in Family Guy demonstrate an expertise that is perfect for morbid satire and violent animation. The humour in Family Guy is not too far off from what is seen in the game and Conker isn't too different from Ted.
Conker: Michael Cera
One of the things that I noticed right off the bat in the game was Conker's voice. There was something about it with its quiet and awkward voice that was out of place with everything else. Michael Cera could do quite well at portraying that type of voice and as shown in This Is The End, he is no stranger to drugs. He also has that unlikely hero factor from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
2. Sonic The Hedgehog
Super Mario Bros. was a disaster but maybe Sega can give it a shot. Unlike Mario, Sonic has a plot that's pretty easy to adapt to film. I'm imagining an animated kids film about a hedgehog trying to protect his home from the environment destroying maniac Eggman.
The lack of control from the audience can be compensated with stunning visuals of Sonic's speed (slow motion, POV shots). The film also should delve into the game's lore with Chaos emeralds. There's also a lot of material for sequels so this film could go anywhere.
Director: John Lasseter
John Lasseter has had a history of doing beautifully done Pixar animated films that feature relevant themes and emotional and funny moments. He's done talking toys, talking cars and talking bugs; how hard can it be to do a talking hedgehog?
Sonic: Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt makes everything good, enough said. He's funny, he's emotional, he's got a heart of gold but enough cheeky charm to whip out those quips at Dr. Robotnik with relative ease. He's dealt with a talking raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, it's time for him to become the anthropomorphic rodent.
3. Duke Nukem
Duke Nukem has "movie" written all over it. It's already meant to be a satire on 80s action movies so logically you should make it into a movie. Witty one-liners, giant guns, pop culture references and "appealing" women are just a few of the things that you could put into this movie.
Director: Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright is very artistic with his films, each having their own very distinct film. He knows satire like the back of his hand and is really good at making very clever humour that gets the audience to think a bit. His insight could make it entertaining for more people than just men who want a testosterone boost.
Duke: Arnold Schwarzenegger
This is a no-brainer. Arnold is one of the most iconic action film actors of all-time and he has the chops to pull off Macho man Duke Nukem. He also isn't bad at doing comedy films so I don't have any doubts regarding Arnold keeping up with the humour of the film.
4. Shadow Of The Colossus
This is one of the greatest games to ever come out on the PS2 and with a little ingenuity, it could make a great film. Stunning visuals, engaging story and sympathetic protagonist with a goal we can all relate can be put into a movie like this with ease.
It'll be a story about one man going against all odds to save the one he cares about. Every time he kills, his very soul withers away as it becomes less about a battle against giants, and more about a battle within his very being. It has the potential to be a cult epic if given to the right people.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Nolan is great with films like these that have that sort of epic scope. He knows how to do dark and emotional really well. Interstellar was one of those weird sci-fi films that I ended up really liking and it shows how out there Nolan can go with his films while still having this presence of humanity.
Wander: Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield has that youthful look that convinces us he has the physical capacity to take down 14 monsters thirty times his size all in one day. Gwen's death scene in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 proved that Andrew can get very emotional and portray a hero that we are willing to root for.
5. The Sims
Hang on a second, let me explain. So you might be thinking, huh? A Sims video game sounds stupid, I'm going to skip reading the rest of this and immediately post a comment saying how stupid this Fluffy Duckerman guy is. Well don't, a Sims movie can be awesome. Let me explain how.
Picture this: a found footage film about a couple moving into a new home. They soon discover that a mysterious force is manipulating the very reality around them. That mysterious force being a gamer who loves to f*ck with everything in Sims.
Soon enough, the DLC packs roll in and this unlucky family will have to take on dragons and aliens. It sounds really stupid but it might just be the greatest game adaptation of all time.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
There is only one man who could pull off a movie with so much mind f*ckery and reality warping Apocalypse level sh*t. And that man is the guy who made the film with the suicide inducing plants. So what if Shyamalamadingdong hasn't made anything good in awhile. I know this is what he needs to get his reputation straightened out.
Protagonist: Andy Serkis
When the character customization has been screwed around with so much that they are barely human, you're going to need motion capture. Andy has proved his motion capture prowess in film series like Lord Of The Rings and the Planet Of The Apes reboot so he should have no problem with playing a 400 pound clown with the skin colour of grass.