Superhero epics and comic-book adaptations may be king around Hollywood, but pay close attention to the headlines and you’ll see that video games aren’t far behind.
Three stories broke over the past few weeks that show a deliberate shift back to video-game adaptations for major movie franchises.
In Tokyo, Konami announced that the long-awaited Metal Gear Solid movie would me moving forward with help from Columbia Pictures (and uber-producer Ari Avad).
Then there was X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender attaching his name to Ubisoft’s planned Assassin’s Creed movie – a boost that no doubt helped jar that film out of pre-production stasis and get it on a fast-track (though Ubisoft’s still shopping it to major studios).
This morning, writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton spoke to IGN about their upcoming stab at God of War, revealing, “In the same way that Batman was grounded with Christopher Nolan's rendition, we were attempting to do that with Kratos so that when we meet him -- like they're doing in this newest game, which is sort of a prequel to the original -- we're seeing him before he became the Ghost of Sparta, when he was just a Spartan warrior and he had family and kids.”
Always smart, referencing Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
All of this news comes in addition to movement on other anticipated video-game adaptations, from Uncharted to Bioshock. Why is Hollywood so interested in video games?
Part of it has to do with the fact that several games have become cinematic in nature, with stories such as Silent Hill and even Batman: Arkham Asylum lending themselves to easy interpretation because they play like feature-length movies. There’s also a marketability to best-selling games, because they are supposed to bring a built-in audience (though Prince of Persia fans might disagree).
This appears to be the Golden Age of video game movies, with these anticipated films moving forward. Tell us, which games would you like Hollywood to focus on next? And while you are thinking, here are two new TV spots for Resident Evil: Retribution – a film franchise born of a popular video game that has gone on to expand its world.