Up-coming Video-Game Movies in 2016 (and 2017)
Post updated to include Tetris.
- Ratchet & Clank – If you missed my previous blog, the Ratchet & Clank film sadly missed a theatrical release in all Nordic countries except Iceland. However, Swedish distributer Scanbox has set a date for a DVD release in August, so that’s probably the earliest I’ll get to see it.
- Angry Birds – Literally just came out in Finland with the US release coming next week. I’m really curious to see it, though it won’t probably blow me away.
- Warcraft – Coming this summer. The trailers haven’t really done much for me but I’ll still go see it and hope that it’s better than what I’ve seen.
- Dead Rising: End Game – This one had slipped by me, but a Dead Rising film (called Dead Rising: Watchtower) was actually released last year exclusively for streaming services. The sequel is due to come out soon, though I have no clue how it’s being distributed.
- Assassin’s Creed – The trailer just recently came out and, I have to say, this looks pretty dang good. I’ve never been a big fan of the series over-all though I loved the first game. Also, Ubisoft apparently is setting this film in the game series’ canon which is kind of interesting (for fans probably more). Looking forward to it.
- Sly Cooper (2016/2017) – Considering the reception Ratchet & Clank received, things are not looking good for Rainmaker Studios’ second video-game film project. It’s still slated for a late 2016 release and it has not been cancelled, but frankly, I’m getting worried now. Sly Cooper is the main reason I even wanted to see the Ratchet & Clank film, so this really bugs me…
- Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) – The last movie in the Alice-story arc of Resident Evil movies is due to come out in early-2017. The production wrapped over the winter and sadly things didn’t go too well. Milla Jovovich’s stunt-double had her arm amputated in the aftermath of an on-set accident and another stuntman was apparently crushed to death by a car. I’m still looking forward to the movie but this definitely puts a dampener on the whole thing…
- Tetris (2017/2018) – Lawrence Kasanoff and Threshold Entertainment (the producers of the Mortal Kombat films) have confirmed this movie project with shooting scheduled for 2017. No release date yet.
And here are some films which have been announced but not confirmed…
- The Uncharted & Metal Gear Solid movies – These were due to come out from the same producer Avi Arad, but no new development has been seen in quite some time, with the release date for the Uncharted film being pushed back to 2017.
- Shinobi (2017) – A company called Stories International just recently acquired the movie rights to a whole slew of old Sega Games and are planning to start making movies based on them. Shinobi is their first project. Although they haven’t announced a release date, they’ve stated that they want the movie to come out to coincide with the game series’ 30th anniversary, which is next year. That might be a bit optimistic but could be interesting. Other game-series they own the movie rights to include Golden Axe, Altered Beast and Virtua Fighter.
- Missile Command & Centipede (???) – Similarly to the above story, EFO Films recently acquired the movie rights of these two films from Atari. Why these games specifically were picked is beyond me and no concrete plans have been announced about the films.