Many video games have been given the on screen adaptation but none of them have gotten the one they deserve. The most recent one being Assassin’s Creed which I didn’t mind but can admit is primarily bad and just doesn’t capture what the games are about. So I thought I’d list (in no particular order) the games that could work really well on screen and beak the supposed video game movie curse.
The Alien films of recent years have been somewhat lacking the charm and iconic factor of the original film. Even in my mind, Aliens didn’t grip me because of the difference in tone. However, this is different for the most recent Alien game ‘Alien: Isolation’. The aesthetic, unpredictability and creepiness of the original film was transported onto console marvellously and is as close as anything to Alien we’ve got since the film was released. If 20th Century Fox were to use the game as a foundation for a new stand alone Alien film, I think it would be a great step in the right direction.
The Elder Scrolls/ Skyrim
Skyrim is one of my favourite games of all time and is beloved by millions of fans around the world. It’s world is rich with mythology and unique races and creatures which is just one of the reasons why I think it could make a fantastic film. Ever since The Return of the King, fantasy films have been lacking that sense of wonder. The visual effects and CGI of modern fantasy films has no sense of spectacle or design. The world of The Elder Scrolls is already later out with aesthetic and characters, all a studio would need to do is find the right budget, the right actors and the right director in order to bring this one onto the screen and being fantasy films back to credibility.
LA Noire follows Detective Cole Phelps as he solves 3 discs worth of cases while we learn more about his past and how it is coming back to haunt him. This film could develop so much mystery for an audience. Not knowing a clear narrative from the start, just watching a police officer grow in rank as the cases become more serious and the connections to Cole become more severe. This could be a seriously gripping story and could create a noire like we’ve never seen before. First an underdog story, then a mystery and finally a survival. We already have the story laid out, just need a transition onto the silver screen.
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption is considered one of the most ground breaking and investing games of all time. The Western genre is considered a dying one in the film industry. Pair these two up and you could save a great but dying genre. Red Dead Redemption (under the right director) could be an oscar contender for best picture. Apart from The Hateful Eight, The Magnificent Seven (2016) and 3:10 to Yuma are the closest things we have to modern westerns and yet they are both remakes. Red Dead Redemption has an original story, a different protagonist and a tragic ending that will catch everyone off guard and yet give the audience just what they wanted. Westerns need to be saved by a true original modern classic and I believe that if they do Red Dead Redemption right for the big screen, it might to do just that.
Never had a game caught me off guard like Firewatch. I must admit that the film adaptation of Firewatch is the one I have thought about the most. It won’t need a big budget. Just permits for land and the construction of a few towers and in the right location, this could be a truly remarkable film. What seems to be a romantic tale full of tragedy, discovery and dread, becomes something far worse as the games easter eggs are discovered and as the credits role. Never had thinking on a game changed what the whole game was about. The story is investing in itself but then the theorising makes it all the more interesting and could really benefit from rewatches. The world of the forest, the chemistry of the characters and the magic of the music could truly make Firewatch one of my favourite films as well as one of my favourite games.
No, I didn’t list The Last of Us, The Walking Dead or Uncharted. This is because I have heard that The Last of Us is getting a film adaptation as well as Uncharted which seems to be moving forward rather fast. The Walking Dead also has a TV show on the go so it’s halfway there. Anyway I hope you liked what I thought. Please comment any games I missed and gave a good’n!
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