Please, Film These Games!

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Fbuh:
With Disney now owning Marvel, I can finally see Wolverine and Mickey Mouse team up with Cloud to fight Davy Jones. Wouldn't that make an awesome movie? I definitely agree with the Chrono Trigger bit. It is undoubtedly the best JRPG ever, and it needs some sort of commemoration.

I don't want to see a Chrono Trigger movie.
It would work well as a series, but there is to much raw awesome in the game for one movie. The hard part would be where to stop it...
Maybe the third movie would end when


But I don't know where else to cut it off....

How about the first or second movie ends when:


The problem I see is the ending. It seems hard to make a dramatic showdown with:

Then there's:

Also, who's gonna play Chrono!?

Mstrswrd:

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.

i really think if they make a castlevania movie it would be based on the reboot of the series aka cv:lord of shadows

sadly :( i would love to see simon kick some ass but when they messed up the nemesis i quit hoping for a good game movie

Boy have I been looking forward to this!

Red Dead Redemption: Since Johan Hex sort of copped out on the whole "realistic girtty western" deal, it WOULD be nice to see something like that again.

Dragon Quest: I have actually never played any of the Dragon Quest games, but I think the slimes are cute. I don't know how they'd make it into a movie, though, with the slimes.

Castlevania: Wasn't there supposed to be a Castlevania movie in the works but kept getting shit-canned? I wish they'd follow through with it.

Gears of War: ...Meh.

Street Fighter & Mortal Kombat: NOT like the original movies, something COMPLETELY different, please.

Bayonetta: I'm with MovieBob on this, if they actually FIND someone who looks like her... Ugh.

Chrono Trigger: HELL YEAH, that would be SO awesome!!!

Mass Effect: Maybe, I never played the game, so...

Final Fight: A live action Mike Haggar? Well, first they'd have to make sure it follows the plot of the game, before I willingly give my money away.

Kingdom Hearts: ...Maybe, I guess...

Ninja Gaiden: Eh, sure.

The Legend of Zelda: I remember you commenting on a live-action LoZ, with either Robert Pattinson or Will Smith as Link... And really, I think that might be who they go with, which basically means "DO NOT WANT" for me.

Metroid: Again, I heard rumors of a Metroid movie, with Kraig in it and Ridley, too. Haven't heard anything else since then, though. Still, it'd be awesome and I'd definitely check it out.

Mega Man: I haven't seen the fan-made movie yet, but I don't really want to. If made in the style of the Astro Boy movie, I'd definitely give it a go.

EarthBound: Funny, I remember seeing a movie in the works called "EarthBound" and I thought it was a film adaption, only to realize the movie had nothing to do with the game at all... Oops. But I don't know if a live-action adaption would do the story well, nor would I think Hollywood would do a good job at making a good movie adaption for it, so the jury is out on this one.

Mario: ...Yeah, you've got a point! If they can do that how-hum Alice and Wonderland movie, I can't see why they can't make a GOOD Super Mario Bros. movie!

Good suggestions, good reasoning, must spread the word!!!

shadyh8er:
I'm sorry...Bayonetta? That game with the incomprehensible plot and horrible dialog? Are you feeling ok MovieBob?

Well, it is already made like something Uwe Boll would do, so I guess that means he can't fuck it up anymore than it is?

Hmm a kingdom hearts movie... they'd bugger up the casting of sora and co probably, unless it was entirely in CG, in which case summon forth the kingdom hearts movie!

Irridium:

RanD00M:
There is one major problem with making a Mass Effect movie.Shepard.Now if you make a male lead in the movie,I and most likely a lot of other people will be disappointed.And if you have a male lead,then someone who isn't me will be happy.
Now there are also the big plot choices that you make that you have to take into account.If you make the Shepard paragon,a lot,and I mean A LOT of people will be pissed.And vice versa.
Now I have a partial solution to all of this.Make the movies Animated.Make 4 of them.And make them appeal to everyone.One is Male/Paragon,another one is Female/Paragon...Ahh you get the point.
Now having it animated would also mean that we could keep the original voice actors.And I think that it would be a treat for almost everyone.

And I would love to see a Kingdom Hearts movie.But I would also have to see it animated.Because of the voice in the games.

Yes,voice acting is a big part for me.And I hate it when characters get new voices out of the blue.

Like I said above, they don't need to do Shepard's story. First Contact would make a decent movie on its own.

Agreed, First Contact war makes a great story.

RanD00M:
There is one major problem with making a Mass Effect movie.Shepard.Now if you make a male lead in the movie,I and most likely a lot of other people will be disappointed.And if you have a male lead,then someone who isn't me will be happy.
Now there are also the big plot choices that you make that you have to take into account.If you make the Shepard paragon,a lot,and I mean A LOT of people will be pissed.And vice versa.
Now I have a partial solution to all of this.Make the movies Animated.Make 4 of them.And make them appeal to everyone.One is Male/Paragon,another one is Female/Paragon...Ahh you get the point.
Now having it animated would also mean that we could keep the original voice actors.And I think that it would be a treat for almost everyone.

Why does it have to be about Shepard? It could be a background to one of Shepard's crew or even a completely new character. What would you say to that idea?

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just noticed to post above me say pretty the much same thing, sorry =(

Anyone think a Bioshock movie would be good? I just noticed that it wasnt on the list and thought I would throw that out there.

P.S.
Sorry for double post

Earthbound and its sequel have such good well-themed stories with a lot going on. If someone translated them into book or movie form I'd be there in a heartbeat. I think the problem with them and Hollywood, though, is that they're *weird*. I mean, a group of kids fighting blobs of puke, animated objects, aliens, and even crazed animals with baseball bats, frying pans, pop guns and bottle rockets, bolstered by psychic powers. A lot goes on that isn't shown on-screen, too.

Anyway, I think games make more sense to be chronicled as a TV miniseries than a movie. They're paced very similarly, I'd say.

I'm very sorry but these suggestions are mostly terrible.

I don't really understand why people WANT to turn video games into movies. I understand it from Hollywood's point of view, after all they've pretty much abandoned original ideas in favor of licenses that they can market. But from the gamers perspective, I don't get it. What do you hope to get? Most of these games do not have very good stories, do not have good characters and many don't even have especially original settings. So why bother making a movie of it?

What do you expect with a Zelda movie? The games don't really have any story or characters to adapted. The best you're going to get is a mediocre (if you're lucky) save-the-princess-and-beat-the-bad-guy affair with references sprinkled in.

And I promise you, every single game on the "please don't film these games" list would make a better movie than another Mario attempt would.

EightGaugeHippo:

RanD00M:
There is one major problem with making a Mass Effect movie.Shepard.Now if you make a male lead in the movie,I and most likely a lot of other people will be disappointed.And if you have a male lead,then someone who isn't me will be happy.
Now there are also the big plot choices that you make that you have to take into account.If you make the Shepard paragon,a lot,and I mean A LOT of people will be pissed.And vice versa.
Now I have a partial solution to all of this.Make the movies Animated.Make 4 of them.And make them appeal to everyone.One is Male/Paragon,another one is Female/Paragon...Ahh you get the point.
Now having it animated would also mean that we could keep the original voice actors.And I think that it would be a treat for almost everyone.

Why does it have to be about Shepard? It could be a background to one of Shepard's crew or even a completely new character. What would you say to that idea?

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just noticed to post above me say pretty the much same thing, sorry =(

Just look at some posts I made on page 1 for the information that you're looking for.

I agree with almost all of these, but what makes GoW so much different from Halo that it can be made into a movie and Halo can't? From my experience, Halo and GoW are very similar, except that Halo has a much more fleshed out storyline.

I fail to see how a Metroid movie would work. Theres only one main character and almost no dialogue. Maybe my opinion will change after we play Metroid Other M

Katamari Damacy as a nuclear age horror flick. It starts off small, items around the house go missing, the family pet has a run in with it a shadow and disappears. Eventually the screaming face with hands held up is taken as well. Finally it starts going around the city a strange amalgam of light posts, man hole covers, mail boxes, and cars. The army arrives sending bullets and bombs but they are all consumed and add to its size. The theme plays and way down at the size of a paper clip is the prince running the show. A number of ways to finish it off but as a parody I think worth a laugh.

Castlevania? Didn't they already make that and it was called VanHelsing? And it sucked.

I always thought it would be cool to see a Soul Reaver movie. It has a protagonist that actually talks. It would probably work best as an animated/CGI movie. Too bad Tony Jay died :(

Oh yeah, I almost fogot about THIS LOL Minesweeper the movie

Agreed for Bayonetta. Sure, the plot wasn't in order, but the over-the-top-ness makes it worth it (and also, finding the proper lead)
:D

In my experience, video games are pretty much incompatible with movies (Prince of Persia, according to Bob, is the first passable video game movie). I'm pretty sure most of the movies suggested in this thread are more related to a desire to have more publicity to the series.

yankeefan19:
I agree with almost all of these, but what makes GoW so much different from Halo that it can be made into a movie and Halo can't? From my experience, Halo and GoW are very similar, except that Halo has a much more fleshed out storyline.

Gears of War has a speaking main character with a face (Even if it did look like the ugliest side of a fist). That's huge when translating a game into a movie. Silent protagonists don't work very well as main characters. Attempting a Halo movie without Master Chief is pretty much just going to come across as a bad Starship Troopers.

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I am now going to destroy every shred of respectability that I have ever built up in this community. Brace yourself.

What I think could actually make an amusing movie would be Duke Nukem, played as a shameless parody of action films and video games. It wouldn't be easy, mind you, but I think it has potential for hilarity.

There. You can have me drawn and quartered now.

Not sure if you guys know about this, but supposedly there's a new Mortal Kombat movie in the works...and its looking much better than the old ones. Seriously...check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy2CGY4c55k

I know I could embed it...but I'm lazy.

Dude, you had me at the beginning, but by the third page I was going "NO NO NO NONONONONONO."

I hope they never adapt SMBs into a movie again.

Before I begin, I have not read all of the (as of this writing) 90 comments on this topic, so forgive me if I bring up anything that has already been addressed.

I agree with MovieBob’s choices on video games more or less, though Bayonetta seems like an odd choice to me. I must point out, however, that saying Chrono Trigger is a game that can be adapted into a big-budget movie is unbelievably wishful thinking. Don’t get me wrong; I loved playing Chrono Trigger. I played enough to see every ending (sans any added in the DS remake, which I hope to play someday). However, besides the reams of scenes that would need to be cut in order to make the running time of a Chrono Trigger film reasonable, the biggest problem with adapting this game into a movie can be summed up in one word: marketability.

There is an absolutely astronomical amount of weirdness, including, but not limited to, an anthropomorphic frog knight named Frog and a pudgy yellow robot named Robo, that an average American moviegoer would need to swallow in order to watch this hypothetical film, but in an attempt to make my point succinctly, let us turn our attention to Crono, the game’s protagonist. To start off on a messy note, he has distinctly “anime” hair, and Crayola-red anime hair at that. The two most iconic colors of his signature outfit are baby(-ish) blue and bright yellow. His home is a marginally modernized Medieval Europe, yet he wields a katana. And did MovieBob even consider the dilemma of Crono’s muteness? Putting the game on the big screen would necessitate Crono talking, and no matter how Hollywood would handle that, there would at least be a small number of really pissed fans. The icing on the proverbial cake, however, is that even with all of this stuff that could easily dissuade a casual viewer, all of the other oddities in the Chrono Trigger world make this guy seem normal. In short, trying to take all of the absurd happenings and characters in Chrono Trigger and play them straight in a movie would result in a huge flop that could only aspire to be a classic among fans.

Changing Chrono Trigger for the sake of the uninitiated is also not an option. The absurdity, oddball humor juxtaposed by dramatic confrontations, and iconic characters are at least part of what made Chrono Trigger so memorable in the first place. To change the world of this game so that it is more “realistic” or generally acceptable by movie standards would alienate fans and damage, if not destroy, the charm of the original license. In fact, I am of the opinion that it would require more effort to alter Chrono Trigger into something resembling a marketable movie than it would to create an entirely original concept. If the screenwriters try to keep elements of the original while adapting it for an average audience, the result will be a repeat of the abominable Dragon Ball: Evolution.

In conclusion, despite what MovieBob might think, a film adaptation of Chrono Trigger can only end in disaster.

You know, you have some good ideas, well-founded opinions and a sharp wit sometimes.

Not here though. The only thing that distinguishes this article from any random, terrible forum post is its length.

Don't just stop at Earthbound, have the entire Mother trilogy made into animated films. Get David Lynch to write the script, Jhonen Vasquez to design the art, and Tim Burton to direct. You'll have the ultimate mindfuck movie series.

To be honest i think Mass Effect would work better as a Farscape type series than as a movie since they could take more time to actually show us the universe and build up the threat of the reapers unlike a movie which at best could be a 2 hour adaptation of one of the books and at worst a complete train wreck that messes the whole franchise up...you were right that it needs to be done before babylon 5 gets rebooted but since warners are sitting on that franchise i dont see that being a problem(they're to busy fucking the DC Universe up at the moment).

you know tim burton could do pretty good with a mario movie, as long as a gamer stood behind him the whole time and yelled at him anytime he started messing something up.
i could imagine awesome action scenes with the brothers jumping from mushroom to floating brick to mushroom with lakidu and flying (red) koopas in close pursuit.

i do however take offence with one remark. i think Simon Belmont should be the main character of any castlevania movie, but alucard should be in it. villain or hero, he's such an interesting character. i think hero would be cooler though, cuz he could struggling internally with fighting against his father, and maybe even more by helping a disgusting human.

simon should definitely be main tho.

Namewithheld:
As for games that must be filmed, I'm gonna say Homeworld needs to be filmed. It's got the same basic story as Battlestar Galactica, but it subtracts all the really stupid shit and replaced it with more awesome. Also, the Khusan are far more interesting than the Colonials: I mean, they're not just "Americans in space but they're polytheistic, so that makes them COMPLETELY DIFFERENT."

Also, it has a unique design atheistic and captures just how beautiful space is, with the Khusan fleet starting at the edge of the galaxy, which gets brighter and brighter as they head inwards towards the Core, through nebulas and glowing gas fields. Yes, a space setting that's just not a ton of little white dots on a black background.

Add to that plenty of characters you can create - fighter pilots, capital ship captains, whatever - and really really awesome music and BAM!

Awesome movie. Or TV show. Yeah, it could make an awesome TV show too.

I didn't even read the rest of the comments, I just had to quote and agree with this. I loved Homeworld to death and as soon as I get a PC, I'm going to go back and play it all over again. I only got through a bit of Cataclysm and never had a chance to try Homeworld 2, but yeah I wholeheartedly agree. Oh man, a wall of ion cannons, some tactical strikes with one of those cloaking-field ships... could be some really tense moments. And always that sense of desperation, like the next encounter could be the last.

Anyway, good to see someone else who remembers it.

Cuddly Knife:
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.

I know it's weird, but I've always had a "logic problem" with the idea that Mario and Luigi AREN'T from some sort of "other place" than the Mushroom Kingdom proper. I mean, just off the top of my head it brings up the kind of logic-problems that I can sort of "it's just a game" sidestep now as an adult but would bug the HELL out of me when I was a kid. For example(s):

Why are they human while every other non-Peach citizen of this Kingdom is half-man/half-fungus?

Why do they have Italian-American accents when they are apparently not from either Italy or America?

Why are they wearing 20th Century American/European clothing when everyone else is dressed vaugely medieval?

Why are two PLUMBERS posessed of speed and physical strength apparently surpassing every enlisted soldier of both the good AND evil armies?

For that matter, why are the two most powerful, capable warriors - in a Kingdom that seems to be at near-constant war with a determined and superior-armed enemy - employed as PLUMBERS in the first place?

If the Mario Bros. have always "existed," how did Bowser's military strength grow so large unchecked for so long? Did the whole kingdom just sit there and WAIT while their mortal enemy assembled a mechanized battle fleet and an army of millions, rather than saying: "Wait... Hey, you two Superman-level strong hero guys? Yeah, our mortal enemy is acting all conquest-ish. Go take care of that BEFORE he makes a tank or something."

Like I said, I know it's not "official" canon, but I think the reason the whole "two regular guys from Brooklyn wind up in a magical world where they're looked to as superheroes" has stuck for so long is because it makes a certain amount of thematic sense. Plus, it places them in a respectable pedigree of "ordinary-men-but-not-on-THIS-world" heroes like John Carter of Mars, or Flash Gordon. And yeah, if y'wanna get REALLY geeky about it, "different universe, different physics" is a good soft-scifi explanation for why they're so ridiculous strong/fast/high-jumpy.

John Woo, of "Hard Boiled" and "The Killer", fame actually snatched up the rights to the Metroid movie while fellow Hong Konger Sammo Hung, of "Martial Law" and "Magnificent Butcher" fame, own the rights to the Soul Calibur movie. As far as I can tell neither is doing anything with it though.

The problem as I see is the attempts tend to go Sturgeons Law to the nth power most of the time. Even if you get the genre right (as in the case with the 2000 Dungeons & Dragons) there are still a lot of things that make your movie do a major Hoover at the box office including ironically following a particular genre too closely. And make no mistake about it many movies are still aimed at the box office so you have this got to make money NOW mentality which per Gargoyles bleeds over into the DVD markets.

I fully support a RDR movie. After recently watching a marathon of Sergio Leone westerns, I've learned that westerns are a prime genre of kick-ass. Granted, we may never see another Leone again, but still. Westerns are awesome. 3:10 to Yuma anyone?

there is a megaman movie out its fan made but it is awesome for what it is

smartyknickers:
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.

Yes, but can you name an actor who could pull of the sheer awsomenss that is Gumshoe?

Cyrax987:

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

He can be Landon Ricketts!

What!? We all know Landon Ricketts would have to be played by Sam Elliot. They practically bump-mapped him for the character model.

EightGaugeHippo:
Anyone think a Bioshock movie would be good? I just noticed that it wasnt on the list and thought I would throw that out there.

I would say a movie set in the world of Bioshock might work (perhaps a prequel or maybe the story of Mark Meltzer), one based on the games themselves I doubt it.

Mstrswrd:

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.

Now if there is one Alucard that would transition into a damn good movie, it would be of the anime Hellsing. I think Hellsing could be one of the coolest things to see in live-action EVER.

They're doing The Last Airbender, which kind of came out of left field, so, hey, you never know.

P.S: FLCL, and keep Keanu Reeves the HELL away from Cowboy Bebop

Now, finally, good work on the list, Bob. And if anyone rages over the lack of Portal on the list, please shut up. All that can and will happen in the game, is right in front of you. No chance to expand, and it would probably get very boring if followed strictly. Not to mention that the only dialogue in the game is from GLADoS. This isn't Interstella 5555 damnit...

...Though I totally wish it was...

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