ByElise Jost, writer at Creators.co
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With the latest movie officially underway, it's an exciting time for video game and movie fans alike; and Tomb Raider isn't the only franchise that's getting the Hollywood treatment. Out of the hundreds of thousands of films currently in development, a pretty large portion of them are actually adaptations of (mostly) successful video games.

To help you out, we’ve come up with a guide to the most anticipated new movies based on video games released in 2017 and beyond. From Tomb Raider to Temple Run, check out our comprehensive list of new & upcoming video game films. Whether you’re more of a Warcraft or a Street Fighter fan, these latest video game flicks will keep the adrenaline pumping for a while. With hot new movies coming out week after week, these upcoming game releases are sure to liven up the next few months!

1. Tomb Raider

  • Release date: March 16, 2018
  • Director: Roar Uthaug
  • Cast: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen

The film is set to be a reboot away from Angelina Jolie's iconic role, showing Lara Croft's first adventure. It will be based on the 2013 video game that rebooted the franchise. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Peyton List, Nina Dobrev, Kaya Scodelario, Daisy Ridley, Cara Delevingne, Emilia Clarke and Saoirse Ronan were all considered for the leading role of Lara, but it eventually went to , who won an Oscar for her performance in The Danish Girl. Megan Fox, Kristen Stewart and Olivia Wilde were all offered the part but turned it down.

2. Rampage

  • Release date: April 20, 2018
  • Director: Brad Peyton
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Based on the '80s arcade game of the same name, Rampage will center around three mutated gigantic monsters (Silverback, Alligator and Wolf) as they destroy major cities and landmarks across the US. While San Andreas's Brad Peyton is set to direct the film, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will star as Davis Okoye and Joe Manganiello as Burke. The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Naomie Harris are also attached.

3. Sonic The Hedgehog

  • Release date: 2018
  • Director: Jeff Fowler
  • Cast: TBA

Jeff Fowler, who made the Oscar-winning short Gopher Broke with Deadpool director Tim Miller, will be directing this movie adaptation of the popular Sega character Sonic the Hedgehog. Miller, who didn't remain on the team of Deadpool 2, is on board as executive producer. The plot is simple: Sonic and his friends must defeat the evil Dr. Eggman.

4. Sleeping Dogs

  • Release date: 2018
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Donnie Yen

Square Enix's Sleeping Dogs is a fighting game whose hero is Wei Shen, an undercover police officer in Hong Kong who takes on the mighty Triads that rule the city. Donnie Yen, who starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, will bring his martial arts skills to the project as Shen, while the video game's writer Jacob Krarup is penning the script.

5. Minecraft: The Movie

  • Release date: May 24, 2019
  • Director: Rob McElhenney
  • Cast: Steve Carell

How do you make a Minecraft movie? It's not clear yet whether it'll be animated, live-action or a mix of the two, but Minecraft: The Movie will center around a person who finds themselves in the middle of nowhere, and starts to build a new world. That person will be played (or voiced) by Steve Carrell, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia writer Rob McElhenney is directing.

6. The Angry Birds Movie 2

  • Release date: September 20, 2019
  • Director: Thurop Van Orman, John Rice
  • Cast: TBA

Who would have thought a mobile game based on such a simple concept as Angry Birds would be turned into a movie, and a successful one at that? The sequel, The Angry Birds Movie 2, is coming in 2019, and we've got a few plot ideas. Jon Vitti, who wrote the screenplay for the first one, will be returning.

The remainder of the films on the list do not have an official release date, but are currently in development.

7. Uncharted

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Shawn Levy
  • Cast: Tom Holland

The movie will tell the tale of treasure hunter Nate Drake, a descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake, as he searches for a fabled South American golden city, El Dorado. The search gets taken up a notch when creatures (actually mutated descendants of Spaniards and Nazis) begin attacking those hoping to learn the city's true secrets.

Having been in development since 2008, the film was originally scheduled for release in 2016 but was pushed back in order to perfect the script. Shawn Levy, who made all three Night at the Museum movies, is directing.

8. Splinter Cell

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Ubisoft has decided to adapt all their successful franchises into live-action movies, starting with Assassin's Creed and now Splinter Cell. In 1941, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt defined the "Four Essential Freedoms," the basis for the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. But there is a fifth: the Freedom to protect the other four by any means necessary. As an elite Splinter Cell agent, Sam Fisher is given the Fifth Freedom to protect and safeguard freedom across the world. Tom Hardy is already attached to play Fisher.

9. The Witcher

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Tomasz Baginski
  • Cast: TBA

The film adaptation of The Witcher will be based on the short stories from The Last Wish collection by Andrzej Sapkowski, in which Geralt the Witcher, a monster hunter with superhuman abilities, is suspended between the human world and the magical realm. It's the same series on which the games are based, of which the most recent one, Witcher 3, was been incredibly well received in 2015. The movie will be directed by Tomasz Baginski, with Thania St. John serving as screenwriter.

10. Watch Dogs

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

The hero of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs is a hacker called Aiden Pearce, who vows to get revenge after a member of his family gets killed by hacking into Chicago's Central Operating System. The "technology is a weapon" theme is perfect for a movie adaptation, and Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are reportedly attached to the project.

11. The Last Of Us

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

The Last of Us is the ultimate post-apocalyptic adventure: In a world devastated by a strange virus that transforms humans into bloodthirsty beasts, Joel and Ellie must survive by warding off infected humans and other survivors fighting over the remaining food supplies and weapons.

By January 2015, the game's original director, Neil Druckmann, had written a script for the film and performed a read-through with some actors, but there's been little news since.

12. Dragon's Lair

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
  • Cast: TBA

The Dragon's Lair movie will be a prequel to the '80s video games, following Dirk from his birth through his early adventures. The characters will include Mordroc the Wizard, Daphne, and a new dragon. Don Bluth, who directed the Dragon's Lair game and also wrote for the TV adaptation, set up an Indiegogo page with producer Gary Goldman to fund the movie. Though their initial goal was to gather $250K, they'd raised over $600K by January 2016.

13. Mass Effect

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Mass Effect: Andromeda might have been not so well received by critics, but the franchise is still getting a movie adaptation following the plot of the original game. Set in the year 2183, a human soldier and his starship, the SSV Normandy, fly across the galaxy and deal with a long-extinct race of aliens, dormant beacons and other alien species. The game's executive producer Casey Hudson, as well as Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuck from BioWare, will serve as executive producers.

14. Temple Run

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Warner Bros. Pictures and producer David Heyman are in talks with Imangi Studios to make a movie version of the 2011 mobile game, in which an explorer is chased by demonic forces after stealing an idol from a temple.

15. Rabbids

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Another one of Ubisoft's movie projects, Rabbids will focus on the large, crazy rabbits we've come to know as Rabbids, who like to cause havoc and mischief. The movie will be a hybrid live-action/stop-motion animated feature film, with a screenplay written by Matthew Senreich, Tom Sheppard and Zeb Wells.

16. Five Nights At Freddy's

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Set in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a darker version of Chuck-E-Cheese, an animatronic animal band perform kiddy songs by day and go on murderous rampages by night. Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote The Lego Batman Movie, David Katzenberg and Roy Lee are currently signed on to produce.

17. Far Cry

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

The film will follow Jack Carver, a retired Ocean Patrol officer, as he transports tourists and small cargo to remote islands on his boat. After bringing a female reporter to an uncharted island in Micronesia, his boat is blown up, he is left for dead and the reporter is kidnapped. Carver must embark on a rescue mission into an island inhabited by mercenaries protecting a secret genetic research lab. For an idea of the Far Cry universe, check out the live-action trailer for the Primal game.

18. Ghost Recon

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

This Ubisoft adaptation has Michael Bay on board to direct, and for good reason: The plot of Ghost Recon centers around a unit of the US Army Special Forces that essentially operates as the president’s private army, using the latest technology to infiltrate and take down threats around the world without leaving any traces behind that they exist. Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia are penning the script.

19. Kane & Lynch

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Kane & Lynch is about Kane, a death row inmate who, along with a schizophrenic killer named Lynch, is sprung by Kane's former team so that he can retrieve a stolen fortune. Kane then travels to Los Angeles, Japan and Cuba, with Lynch acting as the team's watchdog in order to save his wife and daughter.

The adaptation has been in the works since 2007, with Lionsgate originally planning to star Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx, but since initiating talks with Gerard Butler and Vin Diesel. F. Gary Gray has been in talks to direct, though his involvement isn't confirmed.

20. Metal Gear Solid

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts (rumored)
  • Cast: TBA

In Metal Gear Solid, Solid Snake, a Special Forces operative, finds himself called out of retirement for one last mission after terrorists threaten a nuclear facility in Alaska. Snake must penetrate their defenses and neutralize the threat. Christian Bale is reportedly interested in playing Solid Snake in the film, while Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is on board to direct.

21. Just Cause

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Brad Peyton
  • Cast: Jason Momoa

The Just Cause movie adaptation will be based on Just Cause 3, in which hero Rico Rodriguez returns home in Medici, which has been taken over by General Sebastiano Di Ravello. Along with his friend Mario Figo, Rodriguez vows to bring back freedom to Medici — but it's not clear yet how faithful the movie will remain to the game. San Andreas director Brad Peyton is directing, while Jason Momoa has already been confirmed for the starring role.

22. Borderlands

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Based on the 2009 video game by Gearbox Software, the Borderlands movie will be an edgy, R-rated take on the original material set on the planet of Pandora, with Ari and Avi Arad at the helm.

23. Gran Turismo

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

While there are no plot details yet for the Gran Turismo adaptation, we can certainly expect something similar to Fast & Furious. Though the team hasn't been confirmed yet, Jon and Erich Hoeber are set to co-write the film with Alex Tse, working alongside Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Kevin Spacey as producers.

24. Metro 2033

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Set in 2033, after a nuclear holocaust devastates Moscow and survivors head underground, Metro 2033 follows Artyom, a young survivor forced to go on a journey that will see him deal with mutants, soldiers of a Fourth Reich and political factions of various metro stations in order to reach above ground. Michael De Luca, who produced The Social Network, is teaming up with Stephen L'Heureux and the author of the novel that the game was based on, Dmitry Glukhovsky, to produce the movie.

25. Mortal Kombat

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Simon McQuoid
  • Cast: TBA

There's no word yet on which part of the extensive Mortal Kombat series the film will adapt, but the short film Mortal Kombat Rebirth, in which detective Jackson Briggs recruits Hanzo Hasachi to eliminate the criminal members of an illegal tournament, could give us an idea. Advertising director Simon McQuoid will direct, while Aquaman director James Wan is attached as a producer and Doom and Godzilla author Dave Callaham is on board to write the screenplay.

26. Altered Beast

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

A whole bunch of Sega games are being adapted into movies, starting with Altered Beast, an '80s classic in which a centurion in Ancient Greece goes to rescue Zeus's daughter Athena. Developer Rieko Kodama will pen the screenplay.

27. Streets Of Rage

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Circle of Confusion, who will produce Altered Beast, are also taking on Streets of Rage, in which a trio of ex-police officers, Adam Hunter, Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding team up to fight against the crime and violence overtaking their city.

28. Fruit Ninja

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Being one of the best selling iOS games of all time with over a billion downloads, it's not surprising that Fruit Ninja is eventually making it into Hollywood. Starting off this simple concept of little ninja slicing up fruit, producer Tripp Vinson, who also worked on The Number 23 and San Andreas, is planing on making a family-oriented, live-action comedy. Next up, Angry Birds vs. Fruit Ninja?

29. Gears Of War

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Taking place on an Earth-like planet called Sera, Gears of War sees civilization on the brink of extinction when a hostile species called the Locust Horde comes out from beneath the surface. Marcus Fenix, a former troop of the Coalition of Ordered Governments that rules over the planet, leads a squad to take down the threat.

Shane Salerno, who produced and directed Salinger and is attached as a writer to all of the Avatar sequels, is set to write the screenplay, based on an early script by Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) and Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Carribean).

30. Great Detective Pikachu

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Rob Letterman
  • Cast: TBA

After an intense bidding war between Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment over the rights to a Pokémon movie, Legendary won the deal and is already planning its first Pokémon adaptation. Instead of going back to the first games, however, the studio will be making a movie based on Great Detective Pikachu, a 2016 game in which Tim Goodman and Pikachu are the Pokémon equivalents of Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) have joined the project as screenwriters.

31. Monster Hunter

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Cast: TBA

Capcom's game series Monster Hunter is based on a simple concept: The player starts as a hunter and goes after monsters. Unsurprisingly, the director who adapted the Resident Evil series, Paul W. S. Anderson, will write and direct the Monster Hunter movie. He's already suggested his hero would start out in our world, before heading to a fantasy land where he discovers he was always destined to fight the monsters.

32. Portal

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Star Wars — The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has been very vocal about his plan to adapt Valve games Portal and Half-Life into movies. In September 2016, he confirmed again that Portal was in development, and 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg is rumored to be writing the script.

33. Half-Life

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Half-Life, the first of Valve's video games, is the story of Dr. Gordon Freeman, who works at the Anomalous Materials Lab where an experiment gone wrong opens a portal between Earth and a dimension called Xen. Obviously, the alien lifeforms from Xen aren't very friendly. Half-Life writers Marc Laidlaw and Matthew Armstrong are attached to pen the script for the movie.

34. Assassin's Creed 2

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Even before Assassin's Creed came out in theaters, the studio and director were already discussing plans for a sequel. While the first film opened to mild reviews, it wouldn't be surprising to see Ubisoft bring back such a stellar cast — and the Assassin's Creed series provides enough material for an entire movie franchise.

35. Dante's Inferno

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

In 2008, Universal Pictures won the movie rights for Electronic Art's Dante's Inferno game, later announcing that they were in talks with Don't Breathe director Fede Alvarez to helm the movie. However, the project still hasn't been confirmed. The game itself had put a twist on the original poem by Dante Alighieri, establishing Alighieri as a Templar aiming to rescue his love, Beatrice, from the nince circles of Hell.

36. The Division

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Stephen Gaghan
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal

If you've taken a look at Ubisoft's The Division, you probably already felt it was ripe for a movie adaptation. All the ingredients of a post-apocalyptic adventure are there, with New York City being ravaged by a mysterious virus and the Strategic Homeland Division in charge of keeping everything in check. Jake Gyllenhaal is already set to star along with Jessica Chastain, while Stephen Gaghan (Call of Duty: Ghosts) will direct.

37. Halo

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Bungie's Halo, essentially based on an intergalactic war set in the future between humans and aliens, has turned into a massively successful franchise now owned by Microsoft. Unfortunately, the movie adaptation has hit every possible obstacle and might very well be dead — but the original screenplay that was penned by Ex Machina writer Alex Garland is available in full online.

38. Asteroids

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Based on the classic Atari video game, Asteroids has been in development since 2009, with Matthew Lopez writing the script and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura signed on as producer. Last we heard, Universal had hired F. Scott Frazier in 2015 to pen a new version of the script, but there's still no news as to what story will emerge from this classic asteroid-blasting game.

39. Missile Command (and Centipede)

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

More Atari video game adaptations! Both Missile Command and Centipede should be getting their big screen debut thanks to Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, picking up from Fox's attempt to turn Missile Command into a movie back in 2011. In the game, players have to destroy missiles falling from the sky in order to protect California, which doesn't sound too hard to adapt into a cinematic story. Centipede, on the other hand, could turn out like an insect version of Godzilla.

40. Rent A Hero

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Steve Pink
  • Cast: TBA

Rent A Hero, a Sega game released in 1991, features the unlikely hero Tara Yamada, a.k.a. Rent A Hero. Living with his family in Corja, Japan, he receives an armored suit by accident. When he discovers he can draw powers from it, he decides to become the town's hero for hire. Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is writing the screenplay and directing; You Did What?'s Jeff Morris is also attached to write.

41. Shinobi

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Marc Platt, who's produced Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, La La Land and Drive, is set to produce an adaptation of the Sega franchise Shinobi. The word "shinobi" stands for ninja in Japanese, as the series' hero is Joe Musashi, a ninja who flies to the rescue of his students in the first game.

42. Tetris: The Movie

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

After Sony announced their Emoji Movie, who's surprised to hear a Tetris movie is in the works? Tetris: The Movie will be a Chinese-American production and the first of a trilogy, but unlike the smiley faced adventure, it's not a family-friendly comedy. It's dubbed as a sci-fi thriller, with the plot centered around a light speed-traveling device called the Tetroid — it could allow humanity to find the answer to life itself in the depths of the universe.

43. Firewatch

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

The creator of the gorgeous Firewatch game, Sean Vanaman, is already on board to write a movie adaptation. The story, which takes place in the late '80s after the Yellowstone fires of 1988, follows a man named Henry who starts working as a fire lookout in Shoshone National Forest. While his only contact to the outside world is Delilah, his supervisor with whom he talks via radio, a mystery begins to unravel at the heart of the forest.

44. Heavy Rain

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

45. RollerCoaster Tycoon

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

46. Spy Hunter

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Which upcoming video game adaptation movie are you most looking forward to?

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