When I was younger and had a lot more time I would spend hours every day playing video games. When it became the trend to start making video game adaptations I was pretty excited. The first two video game adaptations I was looking forward too were Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter.
Since I had never seen the Super Mario Brothers video game adaptation or the Double Dragon video game adaptation I was not prepared for how badly these video game adaptations were going to stink (or at least Street Fighter, the first Mortal Kombat was okay.)
Hollywood stopped making video game adaptations for a while but they seemed to come back into style in 2001 after Tomb Raider and then Resident Evil in 2002. I thought both Tomb Raider and Resident Evil were fine, but not great. Now there are more and more video game adaptations on the horizon. Hopefully some will be good, but let’s not get our hopes too high.
By now you may have already seen a trailer for the upcoming Hitman video game adaptation. Hitman is starring Timothy Olyphant, who like the Tomb Raider and Resident Evil casts I think is good, but not great. Hitman is about a hitman (obviously) that has gotten himself mixed up with Interpol and the Russian military.
It seems like a few years ago that I first heard there was going to be a movie based on American McGee’s Alice. It looks like Alice is finally started to get underway and the release date for now is listed for July 2008. Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) is now a disturbed young woman and returns to Wonderland to find it much more wicked than before. Sarah Michelle Gellar will play Alice in the video game adaptation.
I can’t say that I know much about Stanley Tong, but the director of the upcoming video game adaptation Fear Effect has to be a step up from the original director Uwe Boll doesn’t he? The director of Alone in the Dark and Bloodrayne will now turn his attention to the video game adaptation of Far Cry instead.
Most of these video game adaptations are slated for 2008, except for Hitman which comes out this year. I’m not really looking forward to them, but there are a few video game adaptations I’m looking forward to in 2009 and beyond. Starting with Castlevania.
Castlevania is a classic, much more so than the rest of these games, and I hope the Dracula-slaying Belmont family is well represented. The director of Castlevania is Sylvain White whose previous work includes Stomp the Yard and the straight to video sequel I’ll Always Know What you Did Last Summer. The writer is Paul W. S. Anderson, he wrote the Resident Evil movies and the first Aliens vs. Predator. I’m not sure that bodes well for Castlevania.
Also in 2009 will be another fighting video game adaptation Tekken and in 2010 will be The King of Fighters. Even though Street Fighter was awful and Mortal Kombat was only okay I’m interested in seeing how these other fighting games will do. Fighting games can definitely provide an easy way to have action in your film, but it’s hard to implement a good story in them.
In addition to video game adaptations of Tekken and The King of Fighters there is another Mortal Kombat movie slated for 2010. It seems that Christopher Lambert and Chris Casamassa are in talks to reprise their roles as Lord Rayden and Scorpion. Two other video game adaptations slated for 2010 and are Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell.
Finally there is Halo. It looked like there was going to be a Halo video game adaptation, and then there wasn’t, and then there was again, and now there isn’t again. If a Halo adaptation is ever going to be made it better be soon. I know it’s preposterous to think Halo will lose its popularity but almost every non-Nintendo franchise loses popularity at some point.