Videogames That Should Be Made Into Movies

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Videogames That Should Be Made Into Movies

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Just because Max Payne let us down doesn't mean that videogames shouldn't be made into movies, but which new titles really deserve to make the move to the big screen?

"Videogame movies suck" is almost axiomatic these days, but that doesn't mean that ever-optimistic movie studios won't keep banging that drum until something musical comes out. But which games should be made into movies? SpoutBlog has picked out a few recent releases that fit the bill, some choices quite obvious and some, not so much.

LittleBigPlanet, for instance, with its open-ended, collaborative gameplay, may not seem like a prime candidate for the silver screen at first glance, but as author Kevin Kelly points out, the "compelling adorability" of Sackboy goes a long way. "He's mute, cute, and would be the perfect star of a Miyazaki-esque film, following him as he explores his new world and meets new friends," Kelly wrote. "British comedian Stephen Fry narrates the game beautifully, so when you play it you already feel like you're part of a movie... or a documentary about a newly discovered race of tiny, animated stuffed animals."

In a similar vein is Braid, the independent platform/puzzle game for the Xbox 360. "A man who loves a woman so much that he can channel that energy and turn back the clock? Sounds like a movie to me," Kelly wrote. "Think The Fountain meets Back to the Future."

More conventional "moviefication" choices are found in games like Dead Space, Gears of War and, of course, Fallout 3, each of which offers a heavy dose of guns, guts and action which should, the Max Payne experience notwithstanding, translate easily and well to a movie-house experience. The Force Unleashed also gets a nod, an opinion shared by project lead Haden Blackman, who said in September that a Force Unleashed movie is "not impossible."

Spout's complete list of "Videogames That Should Be Movies" can be read here, but what about your list? Got some better ideas?

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The problem isn't really that a movie is made on a game, it's that the people making the movie think they know what people want, or what the original fans want. They aren't interested in making something good. Cynism is maxed out basically.

I could mention any game almost, and it would be possible to make a movie about it. The question is, why would you want to?

de-rez' Uwe Boll skit contained the phrase "Games have unsophisticated narratives and and poor characterizations, so why should my movies be any different?" That's basically it. If one wanted to make a good movie about a game the plot would have to be rewritten by someone who knows how to write and is motivated to do a good job. Regardless, I think it would be far easier to make a good tv-series than a good movie based on a game. Take Fallout for example. I'd watch that series : /

That's like asking to write a book on games. IMO, games are the perfect blend of play and story. If you read a novelization of FFVII, it just wouldn't be as good as playing the game. The game provides necessary visuals for you and connects you to the characters in a way that books, and especially movies, cannot.

Max Payne was the perfect game to be made into a movie. They just screwed it up.

You know what would make the best movie ever?

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (The Sierra DOS original)...

Hear me out. You have this guy, Larry, who thinks he's hot shit but ends up falling flat on his face every time he makes a choice. Sick humor combined with slapstic, adult themes, and a character who represents the awkwardness most of us feel in the dating scene. It's pretty much "Get Smart" just with an adult twist, and I think it has potential.

You could take any part of the Elder Scrolls universe and capsulize it into movie form, whether it's the main quest in Morrowind/Oblivion or even one of the side quests (Thieves' Guild in particular, with its bumbling cop (Hieronymus Lex), its story of loss and redemption (the Gray Fox), and its collection of rogues, travelers, and thieves...)

If you want to get a little sillier, there's always Sid Meier's Pirates! or a live action Captain Tsubasa...

Slow news week then...

mjhhiv:
Max Payne was the perfect game to be made into a movie. They just screwed it up.

amazing, i still havent watched it but read that really dissapoints me...

jeh, it would be really funny if we end having a good movie of half life.

Like a lot of these "x games that should be..." articles I've read, this one basically boils down to being a list of popular recent/upcoming games. Fallout 3 particularly puzzles me, not even being released yet we don't know how good the story is, let alone how well it would translate to film. Yet you have its two (direct) predeccessors set in the same world with great stories, but the article chooses to only mention the unreleased one. I don't know if anyone agrees with me, but it sounds to me like the writer is trying to appear 'with it'.

Personally, I think Portal is a great game, but what made it great for me was the way the story slowly permeated the gameplay, subtley at first and then building to a huge crescendo. I don't think the effect could be reciprocated in such an immersive way in a movie.

Anyway, my personal choice would be the Legacy of Kain series of games.

The problem with not just movie games, but any movie based on a pre-established IP is that different people work on the movie than do on the original product. When cooperation is achieved between the original characters and the movie-makers, like the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie (Douglas Adams had started working on the screenplay with the other writers before he passed away), the results are generally good, if not fantastic.

Halo: CE. Go ahead, boo and haw, but the atmosphere and story of the first game were great, just great. Actually, the Arbiter and the rift in the Covenant in Halo 2 were pretty cool, too. Definitely cinema material. I hope the speculation is one day fulfilled.

If a game does it's job, it shouldn't need to be made into a movie. Game movies shouldn't even be, really. They're just as bad as remakes and, I'll tell you right now, I'm so sick of remakes that I feel like vomiting my guts out just to see something new and interesting.

Metal gear solid.... oh wait

aparently, Johnny Cage from Mortal Kombat was based on van damme and he was offered the part of Johnny Cage in the film but turned it down to play Guile in Street Fighter. Mortal Kombat was a success and a great film, Street Fighter wasn't.

on topic, im hoping the low budget zelda film wont be a disappointment when they do finally get round to releasing it. other than that, an eternal darkness film would be good. a film based on the sub space emissary from brawl could be interesting. i heard a rumor that a second silent hill film was being made, does anyone know if its true or not?

Khell_Sennet:
You know what would make the best movie ever?

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (The Sierra DOS original)...

Hear me out. You have this guy, Larry, who thinks he's hot shit but ends up falling flat on his face every time he makes a choice. Sick humor combined with slapstic, adult themes, and a character who represents the awkwardness most of us feel in the dating scene. It's pretty much "Get Smart" just with an adult twist, and I think it has potential.

You know it will end up in the "Meet The Spartans" guys hands though.

Games that 'could' be great movies.

No-one Lives Forever
Alpha Centurai
Balder's Gate

Fantasy World Dizzy? :)

Problem is that the only good book->movie are short stories, so you need a game with good characterisation and a short life span...which is often the reverse case.

Videogames should not be made into movies. It is an entirely different form of storytelling relying on audience interaction. This is why they don't work as films. The story cannot remain the same, because the action and the audience are now separated. The protagonist is now an actors interpretation, not yours. Changes to the story and characters are inevitably bad because the writers have very often misunderstood the point. Take Silent Hill as the perfect example of this. The feeling of claustrophobia just isn't there, and the enemies mean nothing.

Root: portal?

Street Fighter The Movie: The Videogame: The Movie, now that would be awesome... a movie based on the game of a movie based on a game...

Simpsons Skateboarding. Finally we would find a movie to rival Plan 9 From Outer Space in the sheer shittiness category.

smallharmlesskitten:
Root: portal?

True, but Portal was already mentioned in the list. And can you imagine another load of people running around screaming "The Cake is a Lie!" :)

Newly released? Hmm, A Far Cry 2 movie would be worth a watch, but if I had my pick of any video game it would definately be Metal Gear Solid. Wonder who would play snake... Gerard Butler would be great. Aghhh fantasising...

EDIT: Holy shit, just googled that and it looks like Metal Gear Solid is going to be made into a movie :O. Don't know about Gerard Butler though... Christian Bale is rumored to be playing Snake. This could be good :D

http://mgs.moviechronicles.com/

All of this is bullshit.
Most of the games cited there would require plots for their movies which would just have no point using the game reference if not just to milk it more, at which point you know it would be just better to make an original IP straight for the silver screen.

i know that resident evil 4 could have been a movie the story line was complex and it would have had a lot of badass effects one game though that shouldn't be made into a movie is god of war its just to good of a game to be made into one i saw the parady X play did and i thought it would suck wether they were seriuse or not

The_root_of_all_evil:
Games that 'could' be great movies.

No-one Lives Forever

Couldn't. Agree. More.

We don't have enough female spy movies anyway.

Perfect Dark
I really liked that game's storyline.

Silent Hill was the ideal game-to-movie scenario but they totally fucked it up.

Perhaps fans expect too much? I know I do.

games that should become movies:

Grand Theft Auto IV
Portal
Metal Gear series

If Grand Theft Auto IV were to be made into a movie, it'd have a horrible time getting past censors, classification boards and parents.

PureChaos:

on topic, im hoping the low budget zelda film wont be a disappointment when they do finally get round to releasing it.

Just so you know that was a April Fool's Joke that IGN did.

Good video game movies are a thing of the imagination of a fanboy. There won't be a good vg movie is to make the movie the writer has to take somewhere from 8-18hrs of story and gameplay and translate that into about a two hour movie. And a large portion of the movie will be spent on Big budget special effects and action scenes.

If you want that experience just play a Metal Gear Solid game.

I think most games would do better as a TV series. Most of them are simply too long to compress into a movie.

sheic99:

PureChaos:

on topic, im hoping the low budget zelda film wont be a disappointment when they do finally get round to releasing it.

Just so you know that was a April Fool's Joke that IGN did.

Good video game movies are a thing of the imagination of a fanboy. There won't be a good vg movie is to make the movie the writer has to take somewhere from 8-18hrs of story and gameplay and translate that into about a two hour movie. And a large portion of the movie will be spent on Big budget special effects and action scenes.

If you want that experience just play a Metal Gear Solid game.

and then make popcorn during the 3 hours of cutscenes between game play elements XD

If a game does it's job, it shouldn't need to be made into a movie

This. The narrative of a game is nothing like the narrative of a movie. Most people would agree that the Half-Life series has a pretty good story that's very well presented, but I cannot imagine agreeing with an argument that says it could make a good movie. Ditto Portal.

Games are just not suited to movie remakes. Spin-off stories? That's feasible. There are game settings that could have a good story written into them, but just like any movie you need a brilliant writer to write a brilliant movie, a brilliant director to direct it, etc etc etc.

I think it would be pretty awesome to see Endwar as a movie, that cinematic trailer was damn good.

sheic99:

PureChaos:

on topic, im hoping the low budget zelda film wont be a disappointment when they do finally get round to releasing it.

Just so you know that was a April Fool's Joke that IGN did.

that was a different one, there is a proper film being made by BMB Finishes, http://www.legendofzeldaseries.com/main.php?page=fanmovie.html

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