It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that Video Games don’t translate very well to film. Don’t believe me? Feel free to check out Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter, and Doom. Those aren’t necessarily the worst but they most certainly aren’t the best. Video Games have been getting a bad rap as movies for as long as I can remember but usually rightfully so. Still, there have been successful movie franchises out of a few; specifically the Resident Evil franchise which went above and beyond to be nothing like the game and crush all of our hopes and dreams into the ground. Check out the Box Office revenue and you will see regardless of Resident Evil being nothing like the game it has been a huge success. With technology at an all time high and special effects at the peak of perfection there is no better time than now to bring these titles to the forefront and get crackin’ on what is sure to be “Box Office Gold”. There will be ten installments which will feature five video games a piece to ensure I don’t make your eyes bleed. Got one you think I missed? Let me know in the comments section below! Happy Gaming!
1. Metal Gear Solid – Talk about a series that has absolutely blown me away. Snake will forever be the ultimate bad ass in my book. The best part about Metal Gear Solid? The entire story is brilliant. From the actual mech, Metal Gear, to the twisted and convoluted Big Boss, Metal Gear has the type of action, story, suspense, and characters that make movie goers go gah gah. While there has been much speculation that Metal Gear Solid will someday actually be translated to film, it has been speculated for a damn long time and I’m starting to wonder if it will ever come to fruition. But, hey, I never thought I would see an Avengers film in my lifetime, so here’s hoping. The biggest obstacle for something like Metal Gear having to overcome is how much back-story there is. Metal Gear Solid 4 could be an entire trilogy all on its own! Yes, it would be a task and a tedious one at that, but dammit it would be worth it!
2. Uncharted – Another Video Game that is bound to be adapted. Even though Disney has acquired the rights to Indiana Jones, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still happened. And people remember it. Disney knows that Indy’s movie revenue will never be the same but audiences still crave the feeling of adventure and excitement that goes along with looking for hidden artifacts and the mystery they behold. Enter Nathan Drake, a handsome charismatic ”thief” who along with Sully, his mentor and best friend/father figure, would win audiences hearts worldwide. I would say Tomb Raider had a shot at being the next great Indy but we all know how that turned out. Lara Croft may not have shined the way I thought she would, but I still believe that someday someone will find a way to do Tomb Raider justice. Until that time comes I say we throw in all of our chips for Uncharted as it is everything I want in a movie and then some. As long as having him climb things to get out of messes or inside locked doors doesn’t get too cheesy I say this is the next best thing as far as games to film.
3. Resident Evil – Yes I know it is already a movie, but its not the movie it should be. The first Resident Evil game was and still is one of my favorite games. Ever. But not because there are people doing round house kicks to monsters and zombies (there aren’t), and it isn’t because Mike Epps is cracking jokes the whole time – it’s because the game is a mystery! Four agents from S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team are sent in to investigate and wind up getting trapped and that is where the fun begins! Four characters who we will come to know very well, who would instantly become classic movie characters for generations, include our stars Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine who were given HORRIBLE roles in the current Resident Evil franchise. Apparently George Romero wrote the original draft for the movie version of Resident Evil but it was exactly like the game so they went in another direction. If you have never played Resident Evil but you have seen the movies, do yourself a favor and see what a real Resident Evil movie could be like. A whodunnit you wouldn’t know from start to finish. Hell, you wouldn’t even know you were watching a Murder Mystery til it was over!
4. Zelda – Ten years ago I would say this is a terrible idea but after seeing Lord of the Rings I’m ready to be a believer. The best part about Zelda? It doesn’t have to be a franchise piece! Yes, that would be wonderful to get a series of movies featuring our favorite Hylian, Link, but just getting one would be so awesome! When I picture Link fighting to save Zelda I think only one word comes to mind: Epic. This is the kind of story that not only writes itself, but has studios drooling because they KNOW that with the right director this is going to be equivalent to the kind of scenery you can only find in Oscar-nominated material. And after the year of success with archery who better to ignite the theater with his archery skills in using Light Arrows? I know the game series hasn’t exactly been stellar at not having “plot holes” or things just don’t go together as far as mythology goes but here is a chance to fix that! Not that movies are known for being able to do the source material justice, but they can patch up holes and create coherent material, therefore having plenty of room to create new plot holes and things that just don’t match up. It’s the circle of life. Plus it’s a story about one man/teenager/child(baby?)’s quest for Love. Who doesn’t love Love?
5. Star Fox – In a world where we are about to see a Tree and a Raccoon become Intergalactic Peace-Keepers in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, why can’t we see a Fox who just wants to save the world with his three buddies? When was the last time you saw a good fighter pilot movie? Enter Star Fox, a movie that would be animals in Arwings! Think Top Gun meets…uh, well you get the point. Star Fox is still to this day considered to be one of the greatest games ever released on Nintendo 64 due to the dialog. Yes the dialog. There are so many memorable quotes from this game it is almost feeble minded to not make this game a movie! And this movie has everything when it comes to characters: Fox, a rogue fighter pilot who recently lost his father and decides to does things his way as he becomes a mercenary for hire. Then you have Peppy Hare: The Father figure and an experienced pilot who knew Fox’s father, a good mentor for Fox (not good enough to be the leader but apparently he doesn’t mind that Fox is a drop-out). Slippy Toad: The sweetheart of the movie, he is a guy who sounds exactly like a girl and just doesn’t fit in. May or may not be interested in Men. But nonetheless the glue of the team. And Falco Lombardi: A hot shot know-it-all that was most likely abused as a child. There. I just gave you the recipe for the best Animal Based Top Gun movie ever.