By: Tom Tolladay
Let’s be honest, video game movies have not made much of an impression with film critics and audiences. While the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time was a passable popcorn flick, Super Mario Bros., Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Hitman were awful film adaptations that only managed to upset fans.
But with several video game icons making cameos this year in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, I couldn’t help but start thinking about what video games should be converted into movies. Although Hollywood doesn’t have a great track record when handling video game franchises (see also the so-bad-its-good Street Fighter: The Movie), I am confident that they may eventually get one right.
So here is my list:
Warhammer 40K: Space Marine
After being able to finally finish Warhammer 40K: Space Marine on the Xbox 360, I couldn’t help but think that this game would make a great action blockbuster. Maybe it’s because I am a fan of the universe (and may have even been partial to collecting the figurines), but I thought that the action set-pieces in the game would translate really well to film.
I would particularly like to see the sequence at the start of the game where Captain Titus and his team take down an Ork warship, or the part where the Titan Invictus destroys the Spire.
Looking at potential actors to play the parts of the Space Marine heroes, I thought that Sam Worthington could play the role of Titus, while William Fichtner may make a good Sergeant Sidonus. To direct the film, 300 and Sucker Punch director Zack Snyder would be an interesting fit with his unique brand of over-the-top and stylised action.
Halo is an obvious choice for a silver screen conversion. There were even negotiations between Microsoft and Peter Jackson to create the Hollywood blockbuster that fans dreamed of, but these broke down largely due to budgetary reasons.
The film would obviously have to revolve around the narrative of the Master Chief. Although there were some interesting stories told in Halo: ODST, Halo: Reach, and even Halo: Wars, you can’t have a Halo movie without the main man in it!
Personally, I would love to see them make a movie about the events of Halo: Combat Evolved. Although it may make for a long film, it would be awesome to see the Chief’s audacious rescue of Captain Keyes aboard the Truth and Reconciliation, along with the ending sequence where the Pillar of Autumn in destroyed.
God of War
Ok, so a film focusing on epic battles involving rather large creatures from Greek mythology may have been recently done (see Clash/Wrath of the Titans), but that doesn’t mean that we still wouldn’t want to see Kratos appear in his own film.
Fans of the series know that each game is jam-packed with dramatic actions sequences, with massive scale battles against Hydra, Poseidon, and Ares that are certain to get pulses racing!
I’ve always thought that Gerard Butler would make a great Kratos, mainly as they are both always angry and because of Butler’s previous role as King Leonidas in 300. Wolfgang Peterson would also be the ideal director of a God of War film, as he has experience of making a great action flick following his work with Air Force One and particularly Troy.
It is rare for a video game to be recognised for the intricacy of its plot and the depth of its characters, but Heavy Rain has set a new bench mark for interactive story-telling. This is exactly why Quantic Dreams award-winning Playstation 3 exclusive would make an excellent movie.
More than any other potential video game movie, Heavy Rain would require a great cast. Initially, I thought that Edward Norton would make a great Ethan Mars (and I’m sure that he would), but after seeing the excellent Homeland, I would love to see Damien Lewis depict the broken and depressed Mars.
Scott Shelby would be an interesting character to cast, and in my mind’s eye, I can see Sean Penn doing the role justice. I also think that Ryan Gosling would be suited to the part of Norman Jayden, while a brown-haired Michelle Williams would make a great Madison Paige.
Grand Theft Auto
Adapting the Grand Theft Auto franchise for the movie theatre could be quite challenging, but I am sure that it could also be potentially lucrative.
The first thing that would need to be decided is where the film would be set, whether it would be in Liberty City, San Andreas, Vice City, or another fictional city. There are also so many different characters and plots within the game, that basing a film on a single game would be impossible.
So I would suggest that a Grand Theft Auto film should feature a new story and a new character, but be based in one of the major cities. Who knows, perhaps we could even have a cameo from one of the games leading characters. I don’t know about you guys, but I would love to see CJ, Lazlow, Luis Lopez, Phil Collins (of course), or another GTA favourite make an appearance in the film.
It would also be amazing to see Quentin Tarantino head up this project.
Do you agree with my picks? If not, what games would you like to see on the big screen, and who would you like to be in them? Also, what directors would make a great video game movie? Let us know in the comments below…