Please, Film These Games!

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Cheefa_Da_Reefa:
no video game movies please....seriously

The source of the franchise shouldn't be a no-go.

A game can be the base of a great movie, just like a great book can be the base of a awful movie.

I must confess my disappointment with this list. I am very iffy on the whole concept of making video-games to movies and vice versa. But I really expected Movie Bob of all people to be able to change my mind. But he made no argument I found convincing. And many of those he mentioned I think would indeed be a bad idea. Indeed most of those games I know anything of fell into that category.

Earthbound? Hollywood's already made a movie with four super-deformed kids running around a heavily parodic American town beating people up. And that movie was called South Park.

If recent history is any guess, a movie version of Metroid would have to be heavy on the non-dialogue visual sections.

Which is why the only people who COULD do Metroid would be the people who did Wall*E: Pixar.

And they shouldn't do Metroid. They should do Out of This World. As, say, a 70-90 minute dialogue-less adventure. Spend all money on visuals and music.

Then they could do Half Life properly. (They already did Portal.)

I second Castlevania. The only guy who could fuck that up is Uwe Bolle.

Although, they still screwed up Van Helsing... so maybe they should just stay away.

i would have to say metro 2033 or space seige both had good stories and i think ive heard some where they where thinking of making a warcraft movie if so omg save us all

I think Mass Effect is in the right hands. The two guys who run BioWare and the guy in charge of the actual Mass Effect franchise are eec producers, and the lead writer of the games is involved in the movie's writing. There are very few ways this could go wrong.

http://movies.ign.com/articles/109/1095682p1.html

Thank God it was just a rumor. I lost my shit for a second.

As I mentioned last week. I'm disappointed. Very disappointed.

No Thief.
No Planetfall.
No Portal.

Thief has all the elements for a great action/suspense flick. Especially if you brought elements from all three games into it. The sneaking around would have to be reduced, of course, but put Quentin Tarantino on this and I think you'd have something pretty frickin' awesome.

Planetfall was just a damned fine story, which should be brought to the big screen so more people can experience it.

Now portal.. portal's the interesting one. I don't mean a movie made of what we play in Portal, but more a movie about just before/after GlaDOS takeover.

Falseprophet:
where vampires are monsters, end of story...

Alucard is a Dhampire (half Vampire, half human), thank you very much.

Plus, making him evil kind of does exactly what we always hate when games become movies. They change characters from one thing to another.

I wouldn't even want him in the movie, since he wasn't in the first Castlevania at all, and if we're adapting the first Castlevania, well, you get it.

If, by some odd chance, they did place him in, he would probably be better as an ultimately neutral party, because that's what his character tends to be. He tends to leave the vampire/monster slaying up to the Belmonts and allied clans, and stays out of it (usually, he sleeps). Only occasionaly does he join in (he's been in, what, 4 games out of the 20 or so that took place from Castlevania 3 onwards?)

Really, though, if the movie was made, and it did well, they should follow the games. 1st movie, just Simon. Second movie, Simon again. 3rd movie, Simon, Alucard, the other two I never use.

Yeah, that.

Also, if I was rude, I apologize.

Y'know, if they ever do take another stab at making a Super Mario Bros movie, Yoshi should be more like Kevin the bird from Up and less like a Jurassic Park reject...

Seriously, go back and watch the scene in Up where we're first introduced to Kevin (when she's being chased through all the traps by the dogs) and just substitute the giant blue bird with a smaller, green dinosaur and it fits perfectly.

I'd like to see a Metroid movie that explored the semi-parental relationship between Samus and the baby Metroid. Heck, you could build a whole TV series around those.

Earthbound would make an awesome movie. And I'd totally go for a Metroid movie. Zelda could be good if the writer was talented. Not too sure about Mario though.

Bob,
First I want to reference a great Game Overthinker moment you did about close to this very same subject where you asked the Zelda fans if they REALLY wanted a film from their franchise? If they were absolutely (Robert Pattinson), positively (Micheal Cera), sure (Will Smith), they wanted to see their youthful joy get cut down by the Hollywood monster.
I want to bring this to the table because either Bob, you had a change of heart similar to the Grinch's growing 4 times it's size, or you needed to fill some pages for the Escapist. That's not to say that these aren't valid as films, Final Fight would be a great contender to the Kain and Lynch movie going out that no one and their dog cares about.
I personally thing that people need to start looking at works in terms of their medium again. There are stories that make good play, stories that make good films, stories that can only be fully appreciated in their written form. And now, in the 21st century, we're finally seeing games as stories that can only be appreciated the way their made, with personal interaction.
Just imagine watching a Shadow of the Colossus movie and not being able to control the guy running around that thing. Yes, it's still epic, but without having a tangible, physical connection to that character, it definitely means less.

Scott Glasgow

BTW,
Yes, Earthbound would make a most excellent of movie. :)
My favorite pick of your list!

Mass Effect and any game involving character creation should be stayed the hell away from when making movies. Set them in the universe if you wish, but never based upon the actual games themselves.

This goes double for any game that also involves choices that affect the game beyond the immediate moment of game-play (like Mass Effect and Virmire for example).

I'm fairly sure Uwe Bol is already making a Metroid movie... or at least rumored to be making 1...

A Legend of Zelda movie could work, but that would mean giving link a voice and developing him as a character which would be quite interesting/frightening.

skylog:
I'm disappointed in no mention of Ace Attorney. C'mon, it's got comedic pacing like My Cousin Vinny, human drama like Twelve Angry Men, and goofy mysteries like A Shot in the Dark. This is one that could definitely work.

I mean, it's already a stage show!

Second. Give the part of Edgeworth to Johnny Depp and you've got a box office success right there, along with all the inevitable Hot Topic merchandise.

But, but... I liked the Mario film!

Mass Effect the movie has already been more or less confirmed and is probably in pre-production by now. :P

I'm sorry...Bayonetta? That game with the incomprehensible plot and horrible dialog? Are you feeling ok MovieBob?

Scrumpmonkey:
I think anyone who has said "Earthbound" is dead on. It would make a great movie.

I think the game i would MOST like to see as a Moive is Grim Fandango. Half the work is done already, the characters, dialog and story only need tweaking a little and as long as you nail the feel of the original you would have an EXTREAMLY great movie on your hands. The setting is one of the best i've experiecned in any medium and a faithful even lower budget would work becuase of the high quality of the source material.

Holy crap I was JUST thinking this! Unfortunately I never made it through the game since my computer crashed and I never made the time to start over, but it was fun, interesting and witty. I may need to go back and try again...

In response to the Legend of Zelda idea, do any of you remember IGN's April Fools Day movie trailer from a while back?

I was pissed when I found out it was a joke.

I disagree with you Bob on Legend of Zelda. I'm sorry but unless extreme changes are made it would be unfilmable. Your lead doesn't talk and he spends most of the adventure on his own searching dungeons... How do you develop a character out of that?. I mean you can have a lead who doesn't talk but they need a companion in order to reflect their emotions off of. This is the only reason Gromit works, because he has Wallace to set up most of the jokes with his stupidity to which Gromit will throw a snarky look.

I know I'm going to get shit for saying that off of plenty of fans and I doubt you care what I think but I'm just telling it how it is. You can't make a good movie out of a character who has no emotion... He just wouldn't be interesting. Which is why you couldn't have a film based around Half Life or Call of Duty, that or any other game where the protagonist doesn't talk.

The only way you could do it would be to scrap Link all together. Then just set the adventure in Hyrule but follow other characters. That or drastically change Link to the point where he's Link in name only.

Cyrax987:

MacNille:
Red dead would be awsome if they have cameo of Clint Eastwood.

He can be Landon Ricketts!

I actually think Sam Elliot would do better in that role since 1. He looks more like him and 2. I absolutely love that voice of his and it seems close to the game. Perhaps Mr. McFarlane would be a better role or Leigh Johnson

Anyway I agree to most of these but I am having a hard time trying to accept the concept of a Legend of Zelda Movie. Don't get me wrong I LOVE the series (I still think Majora's Mask is probably my favorite game of all time) but I just feel like a movie version would screw up some things I love about it. Plus I don't think Link should talk, and if you are offended by my remark all I have to say is "Well, EXCUUUUSE ME PRINCESS!!!"

Sovvolf:
I disagree with you Bob on Legend of Zelda. I'm sorry but unless extreme changes are made it would be unfilmable. Your lead doesn't talk and he spends most of the adventure on his own searching dungeons... How do you develop a character out of that?. I mean you can have a lead who doesn't talk but they need a companion in order to reflect their emotions off of. This is the only reason Gromit works, because he has Wallace to set up most of the jokes with his stupidity to which Gromit will throw a snarky look.

I know I'm going to get shit for saying that off of plenty of fans and I doubt you care what I think but I'm just telling it how it is. You can't make a good movie out of a character who has no emotion... He just wouldn't be interesting. Which is why you couldn't have a film based around Half Life or Call of Duty, that or any other game where the protagonist doesn't talk.

The only way you could do it would be to scrap Link all together. Then just set the adventure in Hyrule but follow other characters. That or drastically change Link to the point where he's Link in name only.

Did you see the fake movie trailer right above you? Just saying I think that it could work.

Sex Rex:

Did you see the fake movie trailer right above you? Just saying.

Yes I did and still it doesn't convince me. Again it all goes down to Link not being an interesting protagonist. Everyone else in the trailer was more interesting than your lead which causes problems. You care more about the extra's and the supporting cast than your lead... which means you don't ever feel threat for your main character. This works in video game world because you dying means you have to go back to a checkpoint or load the games... So you do feel threat. However in movie world... Your not interested, he's emotionless, he hasn't given you reason to care for him.

Silent characters can work in movies and even have you caring a lot for them... Tinkerbell and Gromit are good examples. However they both share a common trait... They aren't the lead... They don't work well as leads. Gromit could pull it off, only that's because we've familiarised with him over the series so we can see his emotions and his reactions... We know his personality. However the same can't be said for Link because we've never felt a personality, due to the limits of the games, we've never experienced his emotions and we don't know what his personality is like, we only know the personality we give him.

I completely agree with a well done Zelda movie. All you need are a few key elements, the rest is pretty much have Link cut his way to a show down for the princess.

They just have to not take any inspiration from the TV show

id like to see a Left 4 Dead movie (dont care if its 1 or 2). or a Team Fortress 2 movie

Sovvolf:
Yes I did and still it doesn't convince me. Again it all goes down to Link not being an interesting protagonist. Everyone else in the trailer was more interesting than your lead which causes problems. You care more about the extra's and the supporting cast than your lead... which means you don't ever feel threat for your main character. This works in video game world because you dying means you have to go back to a checkpoint or load the games... So you do feel threat. However in movie world... Your not interested, he's emotionless, he hasn't given you reason to care for him.

Silent characters can work in movies and even have you caring a lot for them... Tinkerbell and Gromit are good examples. However they both share a common trait... They aren't the lead... They don't work well as leads. Gromit could pull it off, only that's because we've familiarised with him over the series so we can see his emotions and his reactions... We know his personality. However the same can't be said for Link because we've never felt a personality, due to the limits of the games, we've never experienced his emotions and we don't know what his personality is like, we only know the personality we give him.

As a trailer for something that doesn't even exist, it's pretty well done. Link probably wouldn't be a silent protagonist in the real thing, but keep in mind this was also a joke. They were playing on everything they could get from the game. If they were to actually make the movie, I fully agree that he would need a voice, but this only proves that a plot can in fact be made from the Zelda franchise and still make sense. I would love to see that movie.

MovieBob:

So which games does MovieBob want to see as movies?

I think you missed an excellent possibility in your list, Arcanum. It has a great backstory, rife with racism and a society in flux. Also, you could put whoever you want in the role of a main character because the player was given a choice at the start of the game. I know Wizards has already delved into the whole technology vs. magic thing, but I'd argue at best it has a purely cult appeal, and it worst it's just strange and unsettling to watch.

Most of those games just wouldn't work no matter how hard you tried to make a decent movie based on them. You can only make movies out of story driven games and maybe Mortal Kombat if done right.

Sex Rex:

As a trailer for something that doesn't even exist, it's pretty well done. Link probably wouldn't be a silent protagonist in the real thing, but keep in mind this was also a joke. They were playing on everything they could get from the game. If they were to actually make the movie, I fully agree that he would need a voice, but this only proves that a plot can in fact be made from the Zelda franchise and still make sense. I would love to see that movie.

I haven't got a word against the trailer. I do agree it was well made and I enjoyed it... The trailer had a undeniable but enjoyable cheesiness to it with being a joke but I still liked it.
The problem with giving him a voice is that it would split the fanbase in two. Angry shouts and flamewars all over the place over it. I would like to see a Legend of Zelda movie... I've go nothing against the series and it's one of the games from my child hood I greatly enjoyed. The problem is that they'd need to change a good amount of the story and character in order to get the movie to work.

Chrono trigger, damn i love that game... It would be epic if they stuck to the story. Though I think it would make a better series then a single movie, perhaps get the Ghost in the Shell crew to tackle the project?
(leaves to dig up ps1 version of chrono trigger and play again)

As for the Mario movie, why can't Mario just be a plumber in the Mushroom Kingdom? Surely they have crappers there too? That would be a good way to start the movie, with Mario and Luigi being down on their luck with their plumber biz, then they get a call to the castle because the Princess has bubble guts or something, and the rest of the movie writes itself.

Wow, most of those choices seem like a teenage fanboy wishes and not a reasonable idea for a film from someone who appreciates film as its own art form. I mean, Mario, Street Fighter, Mortal Combat, Mega Man? What could a movie do with those that is really better than just playing the game?

Not to mention that any property based on those franchises would be driven by a team of marketing consultants that would destroy the script in an attempt to get every reference in for every fan. It would be like jumping straight to the 4th sequel of a movie. No thanks.

Perhaps a smaller game without a company like Nindendo, Sega, or Sony behind it could work. Someone earlier mentioned Thief, I would second that as it has an actual story and a character. Could be a great noir action flick ala Dark City.

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