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pneuma08:
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.

Can you IMAGINE a live-action sequence of Giygas?

I wouldn't sleep for weeks!

I don't get Moviebob sometimes. He calls out Halo as being an 'ultra dumb machismo fest of gun nuts and crazy power fantasies that should never be filmed' and then happily says that Gears of War, a game featuring chainsaw guns and tanks with monster truck wheels and guys who look like living blobs of muscle, that it should go ahead and get filmed for basically all the same reasons he called out on Halo.

It just seems very hypocritical if you ask me because it's like he's saying machismo is fine unless you are Halo. Same with how he seems to think that not having an original story is not a problem, again unless you are Halo. Or that being a fan of a franchise butchered by a poorly done adaptation then you have every right to complain about it unless (you guessed it) the franchise in question is Halo, in which case he'll mock you for it.

Bugger me, why does this guy who for the most part I have atmost respect for have to keep bending his own rules like that just so that he can continue to rag on Halo. It just blows my mind.

Okay, anyway. For the most part I agree with this list, except for Mass Effect which as I've pointed out before wouldn't work because everyone in the world has a very specific idea of how 'their' Shepard works and how the main events in the game would go down and ultimatley it's hard to make an adaptation of a games canon if the canon itself is never set in stone.
That said even though I had a bit of a rant to get through on the topic of Gears of War I do reckon that a mildly satirical adaptation of the sheer heavy amount of masculinity on display in Gears of War would still be pretty fun to watch as a nice bit of shut off the brain and have fun.

Also Metroid would work as would Mega-man and given that nostaliga is a great way to make movies then I don't doubt that it'll happen sometime in the future. However it still has to be worth noting (as Bob said in his review of Prince of Persia) most of the best game movies are based on games that already feel like movies so Red Dead Redeption would just feel like a cowboy movie as it doesn't really have the instantly recognisable characters like Samus or Masterchief or Mario or Link or Sonic that would get people's attention.

So for a game movie to 'work' then it has to still clearly feel very gameish (not really a word) while also being cinematic. So for the most part realistic games like Call of Duty and such don't really count as there's nothing about them that as a translation would look all that gamey or interesting in a film adaptation. It would just be a contemporary war story.
No aliens, no mushrooms and no go carts.

But still for the most part I agree with and respect Bob's opinion. He certainly chose some good games that could potentially be made into a good adaptation. That said I still had to get that rant off my chest.

I'm actually a little surprised you didn't put Kirby on the list. I personally can't think of ANYTHING that would make for a better movie adaptation right now. For one: CGI is good enough now to make it "realistic" even though it's cartoony.
Secondly: it's not really like any movie that already exists. Maybe some anime, but let's not count that. =P Dreamland is a world that simply BEGS to be played with and used.
Third: the fact that there aren't any human characters. The problem with Mario or Zelda, for me, is that there simply is no person who walks the earth that would look enough like those characters to satisfy me. Cosplayers have been trying for ages, why should we expect Hollywood to pull it off?

Mass Effect: Just cast Jennifer Hale or Mark Meer; since Shepard's face doesn't matter and I honestly think it'd be a huge-ish draw to have Shepard's voice playing the role.

Kingdom Hearts: This should have been a crossover movie in the first place, instead of a cluster of horrible games. The only reason I can think of that this product was created in game form is because Square realized that the yaoi-loving teen-girl market is more inclined toward RPGs than movies...

In regard to the SMB movie, the only way one could go about making a decent Mario Bros. movie would be to first and foremost dismiss the previous catastrophe. That movie wasn't just bad, it presented a stupid "What if?" as the backstory, misnamed characters, poorly represented other characters, created that idiotic "Mario Mario" debacle, ended on a cliffhanger/sequel tease, and worst of all- killed off a major recurring villain. There is no way you could make a good Mario Bros. movie as a follow-up to this trash. Simply coming up with a conceivable way for Koopa to come back would be bordering on insanity.

Nope, don't want to see movies of any of those games because they will most likely fail. Plus they already made a Super Mario movie and look how that turned out.

MovieBob:
Don Frye is a dead ringer for Mike Haggar

I had to google it... OH MY GOD
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OK, the one movie I want to see made, and I'm sure I'm not nearly the first to mention this:
HALF-LIFE.
OK OK OK HEAR ME OUT: First game, split the screen-time near-evenly between a party of unarmed scientists struggling to escape and make sense of the situation, a party of meagerly armed Barneys trying to secure the facility (the Blue Shift story-line), a party of disconnected rogue soldiers also trying to escape (the Op Force story line), and Gordan Freeman venturing in solitude to correct the infinite cascade of consequences resulting from his experiment. If you criss-cross these story lines so that the different parties interact with each other at crucial plot points, the results could be an excellent combination of character development and plotting that wouldn't wreck the integrity of the source material. Also, Gordan Freeman could convincingly be portrayed as the strong silent type without forcing the audience to sit through an entire 90-150 minutes of utter silence from the protagonist.

EG: When Gordan escapes from the trash compactor, he needs to restore mainline power to the processing plant in order to escape from the facility altogether. When he restores this power, a crucial door is enabled to let the scientists and guards flee from the adjoining facility - only to run straight into Shepard and his men, resulting in an armed stand-off between the guards and marines, making for great tension. Kind of a shitty set up, but I came up with that easier than flipping a coin. A whole movie based on the first installments of the Half-Life franchise could be cooked up like that, and if someone put real effort into it I think it could make not just a passable movie but a great one.

A "The legend of Zelda" movie wouldn't be any good.
Games to movie adaptions aren't any good if it alienates the gamer too much.
And in this case it would have to change a huge load of things. Sowolf said it already on page 2.
Btw. Postal, by Boll, was a perfect example of a good movie adaption of the game.

Oh and I'm dissappointed that I have to point out that there is already a Zelda movie. Well, fanmade movie, but still a movie adaption.
Please tell me how it is, because I really, really don't want to see this and the only time I wanted, I was so piss drunk I wasn't able to do this without falling in an alcohol induced coma.

http://www.geekologie.com/2009/12/omg_fanmade_feature_length_zel.php

I didn't even play Final Fight, but a movie of it would be awesome. 'Mayor defeats crime... WITH ITS OWN HANDS.' It's a story that tells itself (with punches).

Also, Earthbound would fill my need for modern fantasy weird crap. There just isn't enough modern fantasy weird crap nowadays, basically just some animes and Gaiman.

A lot of those ideas I would pay NOT to see. If they go for that angle there could be a lot of money in it... But anyway, live and let live, if it would make someone happy go ahead.

I don't read every comment before this so i might say things you already talked about. I agree with bob i am not much of a film snob i even think the star wars prequels are better than the originals but his choices are good i would love earthbound as movie the most out of all games to make movies although it would be long and spam several movies but it would be worth it to see the final battle in live action horrifying with a girl praying at all times. but 3 of his choices i thought where bad ideas.

Kingdom Hearts.
I think it would be to long but the main thing is that they would have to change the end because they would not want to make KH2. I mean think about it would that movie be good it's dumbed down and if you want know why this is a bad idea 2 words the little mermaid.

Castlevania
I believe that they should not make the movie about what the most popular game is like bob wanted it about the first or super 4 but i think it should be about 3 Dracula's curse. Cause it's simple but not to simple if the whole game had just Simon then they would fuck something up to make more material for a film. But 3 has four main characters and is a long good game with Dracula death and Medusa as movie bob said non gamers would know who they are and it could be successful, faithful, and well done if the pick this game as compared the rest of the series.

SMB
You knew this was coming but in terms of fucked up platformers this is a bad choice i think Kirby or Spyro would even do better if i where to say a platfomer to make a movie i would go with sonic adventure 2. Every one can talk for one thing a good character selection all with different personality's a good pending end of days film it is probably a bad idea to make movies based off animals but they still make ninja turtles.

I donīt get it...you donīt want a Halo action movie because of itīs bland, macho-y protagonist, but you want a Gears of War action movie. A game with more bland, macho-y protagonists that Halo ever produced...Gears of War practicly sold solely on the GORE...Halo at least let the gore on a normal level, bloodsplater, falling junks of Armor.
A Gears of War movie would be AO or M at least for all the chainsawing Locusts in half and head asploding action...and the buckets of blood.

You want Beatīemīup movies, yet most have already been made and SUCKED ASS...
Mortal Kombat, Dead or Alive, Street Fighter and Double Dragon have been made into movies and SUCKED...

Ralvuimego:

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.

Since when is Master Chief silent?
Sure he doesnīt talk much during the action, but he does in the cut scenes, you know, like in MOSTLY ALL GAMES...
Heīs mostly in dialog with Cortana and 343 Guilty Spark.
He also got a very graveling, manlyman voice in Halo 3 all of a sudden compared to his relatively normal, almost "pussy" voice in the german version of the games...
Sure he doesnīt talk MUCH but heīs not a "silent" protagonist like say, Gordon Freeman.

Also the no face thing makes finding an actor extremely easy. Just find a huge guy best with a gravely man voice and put him in a suit that roughly makes him two and a half meters tall...Done.

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 second that notion, homeworld was one of the few games which i actually finished, the campaign was just very good,and there can never be enough scifi movies/shows

in that respect i'd also add supreme commander, though the story'd need to be fleshed out a bit, the campaign is not what that franchise is famous for, but big mech-like commanders and amongst a mix of units of all kinds of sizes is gonna make for some sweet action sequences

Edit: i'd rather play homeworld 3 than watch the movie though

Anyone else think the Soul Calibur series is workable as a trilogy?

First: Soul Edge
Second: Soul Calibur
Third: Soul Embrace (Soul Calibur 2-4 consensed into one)

No, no no, NO, NO! Do NOT under any circumstances EVER think another Mario movie is doable. The games are mildly fun, but they have no plot, princess captured and you've got to jump on things to get her back. That is NOT film-able under any circumstances and you freaking know it. Your own nostalgia is the only thing that made you put Mario on this list and not the "DO NOT FILM" list.

Any Mario movies ever made will be one of two things, either A. a straight up terrible unwatchable idiot fest. or B. a movie that claims to be Mario Brothers but aside from names has little if anything to do with the games.

Also in last week you complained about the character-less cardboard cutouts in modern games saying they'd be boring to watch in a movie, yet turn around and claim Mario is a worthwhile movie property. I'm officially playing the hypocrite card.

Only mass effect could be made into a decent movie. The rest would be as crap as that mario movie or anything Uwe Boll makes.

Kingdom Hearts? The plot of Johnny Mnemonic made more sense. And the writing was better. The Kingdom Hearts movie would need a serious overhaul, and even so would (will) almost certainly be terrible.

I'm about to bust my jeans at the thought of an Earthbound movie...Teens taking on Lovecraftian horrors and robots and possessed stop signs with PSI and frying pans and baseball bats...Ness and Paula falling for each other, Jeff encountering Tessie...Poo being, well, Poo...Damn, that could be so awesome. Could even cameo Ninten or Lucas...

I think Gears of War could be made into a great movie. Anyone whose played it knows how tense it can get when you're slipping around cover, trying to get a good shot on your enemy while he tries to get a good shot on you, and that could be translated to some pretty good scenes. Also, they've got a pretty rich universe, almost on par with Halo's.

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

Maybe he could play Landon Rickets as a nod to his past

I never knew MovieBob was such a gamer, go Bob!

Chrinik:

Since when is Master Chief silent?
Sure he doesnīt talk much during the action, but he does in the cut scenes, you know, like in MOSTLY ALL GAMES...
Heīs mostly in dialog with Cortana and 343 Guilty Spark.
He also got a very graveling, manlyman voice in Halo 3 all of a sudden compared to his relatively normal, almost "pussy" voice in the german version of the games...
Sure he doesnīt talk MUCH but heīs not a "silent" protagonist like say, Gordon Freeman.

Also the no face thing makes finding an actor extremely easy. Just find a huge guy best with a gravely man voice and put him in a suit that roughly makes him two and a half meters tall...Done.

Hm...

(Goes back and plays Halo again)

I guess he does. Somehow I managed to forget that.

Either way, It's tough to build a character for a movie who you never actually get to see outside of a helmet that obscures his entire face. In a video game, this can be an advantage (The player can easily insert himself into the armor), but in a movie it robs the character of a great deal of personality. Facial expression is a powerful enough dramatic tool that some characters rely on that, without words, to convey what they're feeling.

It's kind of like most superhero movies now. Most of the drama takes place while the mask is off, to let the audience get a feel for who the character is and what his problems are, and allowing him to deal with them so he can go out and beat the hell out of the bad guy.

I'm not saying it's impossible, and I do get what you're getting at (But honestly, they don't even need a big guy for the role, just CGI the damn armor and get the original voice actor =P)
but the ease of casting pales in comparison to the amount of skill required on the writers and director to make the character work in a movie.

Mstrswrd:

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

Snip.

If they adapted the series they would probably skip Castlevania II because the story is pretty damn similar to Castlevania. So maybe having Alucard as a Lawful Neutral Character showing up near the end as a precursor for the sequels?

I pretty much disagree with all of the entries in your post, Bob. However I will give you the nod for even suggesting a Babylon 5 reboot. It would be amazing! (It also helps that it's still fresh in my memory because I just finished watching my dvd set again.) Maybe they can actually show the telepath war and the Drakh war. Also, it would be a good excuse to finally be able to get away from the 80's and early 90's tech from the original show with something that would make sense in a technological progression kind of way. It just always seemed odd to me that none of the tech or styles never evolved in that show; ie: the hairstyles and clothing always felt of the age that they filmed the show. They didn't feel futuristic at all.

Just my two pence.

Edit: Also, just a thought but, did anyone else get an odd feeling of being trolled ala April fools?

300lb. Samoan:

MovieBob:
Don Frye is a dead ringer for Mike Haggar

I had to google it... OH MY GOD
image

OK, the one movie I want to see made, and I'm sure I'm not nearly the first to mention this:
HALF-LIFE.
OK OK OK HEAR ME OUT: First game, split the screen-time near-evenly between a party of unarmed scientists struggling to escape and make sense of the situation, a party of meagerly armed Barneys trying to secure the facility (the Blue Shift story-line), a party of disconnected rogue soldiers also trying to escape (the Op Force story line), and Gordan Freeman venturing in solitude to correct the infinite cascade of consequences resulting from his experiment. If you criss-cross these story lines so that the different parties interact with each other at crucial plot points, the results could be an excellent combination of character development and plotting that wouldn't wreck the integrity of the source material. Also, Gordan Freeman could convincingly be portrayed as the strong silent type without forcing the audience to sit through an entire 90-150 minutes of utter silence from the protagonist.

EG: When Gordan escapes from the trash compactor, he needs to restore mainline power to the processing plant in order to escape from the facility altogether. When he restores this power, a crucial door is enabled to let the scientists and guards flee from the adjoining facility - only to run straight into Shepard and his men, resulting in an armed stand-off between the guards and marines, making for great tension. Kind of a shitty set up, but I came up with that easier than flipping a coin. A whole movie based on the first installments of the Half-Life franchise could be cooked up like that, and if someone put real effort into it I think it could make not just a passable movie but a great one.

I wrote a ten-minute screenplay about three years ago that I imagined the intro to the half life movie should be. Pretty much, it involved Gina and a team of others in HEV suits racing to get to a portal back to our dimension. They're bring back the sample, while defending against an army of Xen creatures.

Many good coices on the list,but I have three additions to it,all from Pirhana Bytes.
Gothic,Gothic II,and its expansion,Night of the Raven.
Amazing story that can be adapted to film with little to no loss of the "Gothic feel",a rich world filled with people and creatures,and some epic scenes.

unacomn:
I would add Anachronox to the list.

Oh... my... God... That would be epic. 'Anachronox' is one of my favourite games anyway, though sadly most gamers never heared of it :(

And I've got some ideas, too:

- Thief: The Dark Project
- Gabriel Knight
- Sly Cooper
- Vagrant Story
- Parasite Eve (just look at the cutscenes of the last thrid, not the life action movie they made)

MovieBob:
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I have to agree with the posters above about 'Homeworld'. You could easily make not just a movie but a series out of it, using Karan Sjet as the central character. It would be pretty CGI intensive tho. Thief would also be good, and would certainly lend itself well to a series.

And out of four pages of comments, I'm absolutely shocked and dismayed that two of the most obvious choices were left out:

Planetscape: Torment

and

System Shock

Oh, the stories that could be told...

JonnoStrife:

Mstrswrd:

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

Snip.

If they adapted the series they would probably skip Castlevania II because the story is pretty damn similar to Castlevania. So maybe having Alucard as a Lawful Neutral Character showing up near the end as a precursor for the sequels?

Uh... I think you mean Castlevania III. Castlevania II is pretty different from the first. In I it's just Simon Belmont storming Castlevania to kill Dracula, in II it's Simon going around to find the body parts of Dracula to revive him, so as to dispel a curse placed on him by Dracula, and then kill him again. III, on the other hand, is again storming Castlevania, this time getting help along the way, to kill Dracula.

Apologies if I was rude.

I wouldn't mind the Lawful Neutral precursor to more movies thing, though.

Adremmalech:
I wrote a ten-minute screenplay about three years ago that I imagined the intro to the half life movie should be. Pretty much, it involved Gina and a team of others in HEV suits racing to get to a portal back to our dimension. They're bring back the sample, while defending against an army of Xen creatures.

Yep, then you would catch up with Gordon and everyone working in the labs, and slowly watch the invasion unfold - and see how each of the characters handles the situation. I think it's a setup with great potential. I'm thinking Fly-style body horror: what does it feel like to watch your co-worker's scalp being consumed by an alien crustacean, then see them transform and know that in some way it's your fault?

On the other hand, it could easily become a generic bastardization, like Doom. Or it could become too zombie-centric and somehow involve an over-done "dragging around a dieing man" b-plot, which was 'parodied' (not really) in Shawn of the Dead. Either of those would be a horrible fate for a Half-Life movie.

Oh, MovieBob... You're a very intelligent man, and I love your videos (those other ones, too, on that one other site, you know the ones)... But some things only work in one kind of format, and I don't just mean story or characters. Visuals, too.
Um, let me be specific: Mr. Saturn.

Believe me when I say I am a huge, huge fan of the entire Mother series.
...But I don't want Mr. Saturn to wind up looking like something from Funky Forest: the First Contact.

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...Maybe you dissagree...?

Oh, and incidentally, you seem to be about accurate representation of source material for things like comic book movies-- and it sounds like video game movies too-- but more flexible adaptations can (emphasis on 'can') work well. i.e. The Protomen. They turned Mega Man into an awesome rock opera, but they did it by taking several liberties with the story. There's also ferretcomic.com which, once it gets away from it's initial goofiness, also makes an excellent story out of Mega Man.
(bonus points to the dude for including bad guys from the Gameboy games!)

Anyone surprised by the inclusion of Mario and Zelda after his Prince of Persia review? Hardly haha. Mario would work as a animated movie, a'la Pixar style animation.

I'm glad you mentioned Mass Effect and Babylon 5 together because I'm sick of Mass Effect getting compared to science fiction universes that have nothing in common with the game. Babylon 5 however does have some similarities and themes, basically it's more political as does Mass Effect get sometimes, they're both great sci-fi epics.

On another note, I heard they're making a GTA movie... stupid idea. How about this, a HBO drama series? Think The Wire but with a massive sense of satrie and dark comedy at the same time.

EDIT: Now to speak internet... Mickey Rourke + Gears of War = win!

I want to see Red Faction 1 turned into a movie!

I think that would be pretty good, if slightly generic...

MovieBob:
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Loved the list, Moviebob. I especially agreed with the ideas of films based on Castlevania, Metroid, Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, and Kingdom Hearts.

I was hoping though for Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen and Fatal Fury to make the list. Maybe even Sly Cooper. To me, Blood Omen would sort of do what Daybreakers should of done, bring back the vampire films away from Twilight/True Blood hell. Plus, it would be sort of a "Twilight for MEN" film. And by men, I'm talking about manly men, doing manly things. Not teen boys, who watched Jennifer's Body for Megan Fox. They would probably have to cut out a few plots from the game though, such as the thing involving the Toy Maker and going back in time to fight the Nemesis. Fatal Fury would do the same thing a movie based on Final Fight, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter would do. They could make it into a tournament film, and be focused on the main characters trying to get to crime boss Geese Howard to beat him. As for Sly Cooper, it would be sort of based on the first game with the heist theme stuff from the second and third games. Like a Ocean's 11 for kids or something.

And after reading this article, it makes me wonder what if you were to make a list of anime's you'd like to see made, including one's you wouldn't want to see made. After all, film makers have tried at Dragonball and Blood the Last Vampire. Plus, James Cameron is to do Battle Angel Alita, and possiblity of an Neon Genesis Evangelion film is still up in the air. So yeah, quite curious. Still, great list here Bob.

Really Bob, Really? You tell us that you don't want to use Nathan Drake as a character because hes a jerk, ( I personally think you didn't get the character) and then in youur next article, you use a quote from his game. Classy man. Good job. Fortune favors the bold.

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