Are Video Game Movies The Next Big Genre?
Updated: May 29, 2019
With the release of the first trailer for the Assassin’s Creed film last night, I began to wonder, will the video game movie curse be lifted? What curse, you ask? The long-held idea that video games can’t make the transition into good films. The theory started in 1993, when the Super Mario Bros movie was released, it was the first video game to be adapted into film. Fans were upset because it didn’t follow the original mythology of the games, and became a box office flop, causing Nintendo to declare that they will never make another video game movie....ever.
Since then directors like Uwe Boll have tried, but have just made one critical and commercial flop after another. The close exceptions were the Tomb Raider films with Angelina Jolie, and the Resident Evil series, starring Milla Jovovich.
Still, video game films have had a bad reputation for decades. For every Tomb Raider, there’s a Double Dragon, and for every Resident Evil, there’s been a Street Fighter.
Gamers are hoping that there is change on the horizon. Hollywood is starting to take notice of the real popularity of video games, and as graphics and stories advance, potential video game movie series are being developed. Acclaimed director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) is releasing the movie adaptation of Warcraft in June. Following that is Assassin’s Creed, with high profile stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Coitllard.
Both of these films are high quality productions with big stories that have the potential to put video games on the map, much the same way that Marvel Studios has made comic book films mainstream, now the video game genre is getting its chance.
What does the future hold? Will both of these movies succeed at the box office and spawn dozens of video game films? Or will they flop like Mario Bros did in 1993?
I think there’s a great chance for success. Both video games and movies have come a long way since the 90’s, and based on what I saw from the Assassin’s Creed trailer, the video game movie genre just might have a bright future.
Personally I’ve always wanted a Legend of Zelda film series. Somebody call JJ Abrams! We need Link and Zelda in our cinemas!