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C'MON HOLLYWOOD: Not all games are potential movies!

Mar. 9, 2010by: J.A. Hamilton

...not all games are potential movies!
by J.A. Hamilton

I love video games, case in point FINAL FANTASY 13 comes out tomorrow and my ass will be right there when it does. Even better, is when a great game comes to the big screen (as few and far between as that may be), but when I read Pauls news this past week about a film based upon SPACE INVADERS, I quickly checked to calendar to see if it was April Fools day. How in the name of ETs wang do you make a movie about SPACE INVADERS!? Are things really that bad in Hollywood? There are literally thousands upon thousands of titles with worthwhile source material out there to be mined from video games, but even a non-gamer should be able to tell the difference between the good, the bad and the preposterous!


The first FF movie was a wash, but they made up for it with ADVENT CHILDREN.

Now video game flicks had a rough start with stuff like SUPER MARIO BROTHERS, but then again, Mario was all the rage at the time and anyone with half a brain saw that one coming a mile away. Im not saying that the RESIDENT EVIL franchise went in the direction Id have preferred, but zombies are another money maker and a gun wielding, ass kicking, super hot Milla Jovovich is a hard piece of work to argue with. Even the PRINCE OF PERSIA flick looks exciting, and though not a game I personally was into, the raw mechanics and storyline are something of interest to anyone who enjoys a PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN type film (I use this comparison mainly due to Bruckheimers involvement) even if it is backed by Disney.


Nice guns Milla, nice guns.

SPACE INVADERS is far from the first time Hollywoods danced to this tune. The Rock was attached to a SPY HUNTER movie for what felt like an eternity, but thank God it never saw the light of day. SPY HUNTER is another game that had zero storyline, you controlled a car that shot bullets out of the front as you cascaded down the road avoiding oil traps, holes, other cars and so on. Personally I think this game came along riding the coattails of KNIGHT RIDERs fame, which back then you could get away with, but nowadays we need a little more substance to keep us interested. And then theres Vin Diesel whos trying to put together another mediocre car game flick called WHEELMAN. Hopefully that too will suffer the same fate as SPY HUNTER.


This almost happened folks. Be afraid, be very afraid.

Why Hollywood is so focused on mediocrity when they could have great films come from titles like METAL GEAR and even CASTLEVANIA (Indy shouldnt be the only whip wielding hero out there). Sure, METAL GEAR would be like Jason Bourne on steroids, but thats a good thing as far as Im concerned! Give us WARCRAFT, STARCRAFT or DIABLO, and though Im not much for the game itself, I would have loved to see what Neill Blomkamps HALO flick would have brought to the table. And its not just the old games, Hollywood scrambled to get hold of the rights to make this years DARKSIDERS into a film, so with old and new ideas still streaming in by the boatload, why compound sins of the past by taking several embarrassing steps backward?


I haven't given up hope on this project yet.

With all the great games out there, Im also mortified by the idea of rebooting some of the video game franchises weve seen like RESIDENT EVIL, TOMB RAIDER and even MORTAL KOMBAT (thought Im trying to envision a harder, bloodier MK which I would be overwhelmingly happy to see). So when you add to that bullshit like SPACE INVADERS, SPY HUNTER, WHEELMAN (and the list goes on), I find myself frustrated and very angry. Id rather see another Rock led DOOM movie before any of those. Hell, HITMAN was good and even SILENT HILL wasnt too bad. Either way, it should be fairly obvious what choices are indeed poor ones, and which titles are worth gambling on. Wake the hell up Hollywood, because were getting tired of you pissing on games we know and love in the name of a quick buck.
Extra Tidbit: Now something I'd really like to see is a well made, big budget LEGEND OF ZELDA movie.
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9:25AM on 03/14/2010

Hitman was good?

good thing you put that at the end, because that's where i would have stopped reading.
good thing you put that at the end, because that's where i would have stopped reading.
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2:26PM on 03/10/2010
Great article, but I think some people are missing your point. You're right not every game should become a movie, so why pick the shitty ones rather than the ones with great stories. I see what you're saying, I just wish the folks in Hollywood did.
Great article, but I think some people are missing your point. You're right not every game should become a movie, so why pick the shitty ones rather than the ones with great stories. I see what you're saying, I just wish the folks in Hollywood did.
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1:08AM on 03/10/2010
Couldn't agree more, there are so many fantastic games, with great stories that could be used, could you imagine a Half-Life movie?!
Couldn't agree more, there are so many fantastic games, with great stories that could be used, could you imagine a Half-Life movie?!
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8:01PM on 03/09/2010
So its ok for some video games to be made into movies but not others? Normally I like the c'mon hollywood articles, but this one seemed weak. Heck, you can say the same thing about whatever hollywood adapts scripts from, tv shows, comic books, novels ,etc. And I have yet to see a good video game movie, they only get made b/c hollywood thinks they have a built in audience.
So its ok for some video games to be made into movies but not others? Normally I like the c'mon hollywood articles, but this one seemed weak. Heck, you can say the same thing about whatever hollywood adapts scripts from, tv shows, comic books, novels ,etc. And I have yet to see a good video game movie, they only get made b/c hollywood thinks they have a built in audience.
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9:34PM on 03/09/2010
it is just the fact that SPACE INVADERS shouldnt be a fucking film. if you think that is a good idea, then why not Pong, Tetris, Pac-Man, Joust, etc... the point is, like with any other medium being adapted to film or possibly being adpated, with there being soooooo many choices, why choose shit like this.
it is just the fact that SPACE INVADERS shouldnt be a fucking film. if you think that is a good idea, then why not Pong, Tetris, Pac-Man, Joust, etc... the point is, like with any other medium being adapted to film or possibly being adpated, with there being soooooo many choices, why choose shit like this.
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7:33PM on 03/09/2010
Certain games are good ideas for movies. Like Gears of War and Halo. I'm conflicted on the Bioshock movie though because it should be a horror movie yet I bet they'll make a dumbass action movie out of it.
Certain games are good ideas for movies. Like Gears of War and Halo. I'm conflicted on the Bioshock movie though because it should be a horror movie yet I bet they'll make a dumbass action movie out of it.
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8:35PM on 03/09/2010
Most likely it would come out as a action flick instead of horror or as I describe Bioshock as a beautiful horror. Though I heard that they cancelled the movie.
Most likely it would come out as a action flick instead of horror or as I describe Bioshock as a beautiful horror. Though I heard that they cancelled the movie.
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6:35PM on 03/09/2010
Hitman could have been a lot better. Timothy Olyphant was ok, but I was hoping for Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville). But yes, things are that bad in hollywood. They've been out of original ideas for years now. It's not anyone's fault, there's only so many stories you can tell.
Hitman could have been a lot better. Timothy Olyphant was ok, but I was hoping for Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville). But yes, things are that bad in hollywood. They've been out of original ideas for years now. It's not anyone's fault, there's only so many stories you can tell.
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5:29PM on 03/09/2010
I find a lot of problems with this article. For one you express annoyance about reboots and then welcome certain reboots thus contradicting your point. Then you write an article about how not every game should be made in to a movie, but welcome certain video games to be turned in to films.

It's not about which game could translate well in to a movie, it's about what Hollywood does with them. Resident Evil has a massive storyline and the movies are garbage.

Isn't is possible that video
I find a lot of problems with this article. For one you express annoyance about reboots and then welcome certain reboots thus contradicting your point. Then you write an article about how not every game should be made in to a movie, but welcome certain video games to be turned in to films.

It's not about which game could translate well in to a movie, it's about what Hollywood does with them. Resident Evil has a massive storyline and the movies are garbage.

Isn't is possible that video games as a whole just can not translate well in to big budget films? I've yet to see a video game film I was happy with because most, hell, all of them have been really very bad.

At the end of the day it's not about what videos games should be made in to movies, it's about what kind of people Hollywood hires to put them to film. Even something like Starfox could be incredible if given the right director, writer, and cast.

Admittedly I like C'Mon Hollywood, but I didn't like this article.
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4:57PM on 03/09/2010
Yeah, Assassin's Creed has Hollywood film written all over it, you're right there are so many greats to choose from it's downright villainous we're not seeing them.
Yeah, Assassin's Creed has Hollywood film written all over it, you're right there are so many greats to choose from it's downright villainous we're not seeing them.
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4:40PM on 03/09/2010
Abel Ferrara directing Grand Theft Auto would be badass!
Abel Ferrara directing Grand Theft Auto would be badass!
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3:50PM on 03/09/2010
I want to see some Sam Fisher or Assassin's Creed. I wouldn't mind seeing Wet come to the big screen. But only if done right. there would be a LOT of wire work and we know how shitty people make that look. Get the guys who did the wire work on The Matrix films or Watchmen.
I want to see some Sam Fisher or Assassin's Creed. I wouldn't mind seeing Wet come to the big screen. But only if done right. there would be a LOT of wire work and we know how shitty people make that look. Get the guys who did the wire work on The Matrix films or Watchmen.
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3:28PM on 03/09/2010
There have been way too many bad vg movies, which is why they should be LEFT ALONE. Remember the following hollywood: Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, Doom, Mortal Kombat Annihilation, Max Payne, House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark and it goes on and on. Enough already, either do it right or please just leave video games alone.
There have been way too many bad vg movies, which is why they should be LEFT ALONE. Remember the following hollywood: Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, Doom, Mortal Kombat Annihilation, Max Payne, House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark and it goes on and on. Enough already, either do it right or please just leave video games alone.
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2:06PM on 03/09/2010
LOL, I saw that fake Zelda trailer awhile back too and almost got excited for a moment...almost.
LOL, I saw that fake Zelda trailer awhile back too and almost got excited for a moment...almost.
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1:59PM on 03/09/2010
When do we get Mario Kart in 3D!?
When do we get Mario Kart in 3D!?
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1:12PM on 03/09/2010
I welcome a Resident Evil Reboot. The first series was awful. I think the writer got horror and horrible confused.
I welcome a Resident Evil Reboot. The first series was awful. I think the writer got horror and horrible confused.
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12:35PM on 03/09/2010

Demolition Man

I played a pinball machine yesterday that had wesley snipes and sly stallone on it and it was called Demolition Man. That's one arcade game I wouldn't mind seeing a movie adaptation of. The one liners are already made by the pinball machine!
I played a pinball machine yesterday that had wesley snipes and sly stallone on it and it was called Demolition Man. That's one arcade game I wouldn't mind seeing a movie adaptation of. The one liners are already made by the pinball machine!
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6:51PM on 03/09/2010
Your not being serious are you...
Your not being serious are you...
12:34AM on 03/10/2010
uh? there was already a Demolition Man movie. That's what they based the pinball machine on.
uh? there was already a Demolition Man movie. That's what they based the pinball machine on.
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11:49AM on 03/09/2010

BOLL KING

Give all game scripts to the man uwe boll! He's gonna get them eventualy anyway!
Give all game scripts to the man uwe boll! He's gonna get them eventualy anyway!
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12:36AM on 03/10/2010
I hope no one takes you seriously! Uwe Boll can go away forever as far as I'm concerned.
I hope no one takes you seriously! Uwe Boll can go away forever as far as I'm concerned.
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11:39AM on 03/09/2010
I'm on the fence about games to movies. The one thing I would NEVER want to see though is Paul Greengrass over edit a Metal Gear Solid movie. If they have to make a Metal Gear movie I would like to see Cuarn or John Hillcoat. I think those are some of the great filmmakers who would be able to handle the franchise and not over cut it into mashed potatoes.
I'm on the fence about games to movies. The one thing I would NEVER want to see though is Paul Greengrass over edit a Metal Gear Solid movie. If they have to make a Metal Gear movie I would like to see Cuarn or John Hillcoat. I think those are some of the great filmmakers who would be able to handle the franchise and not over cut it into mashed potatoes.
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11:36AM on 03/09/2010
RE, Hitman, MK, & Silent were done pretty well. Why not Castlevania (although Van Helsing sort of beat em to it), God of War (Nice & Bloody), Dragon Age, Oblivion or Zelda-(love that kickass fake trailer), Infamous or even Fallout. You got Hollywood quality stories there.
RE, Hitman, MK, & Silent were done pretty well. Why not Castlevania (although Van Helsing sort of beat em to it), God of War (Nice & Bloody), Dragon Age, Oblivion or Zelda-(love that kickass fake trailer), Infamous or even Fallout. You got Hollywood quality stories there.
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11:23AM on 03/09/2010
I wish there would be Twisted Metal game. Sweet Tooth on the screen would be great. The closest thing there is is Death Race and it feels very much like a video game which I guess thats why I liked it. I'm open to seeing more video game films in the future and would like to see one done correctly. I am not a fan of any video game films as I hated the resident evil, tomb raider, and street fighter films. The film I'd say I like the most is perhaps Mortal Kombat and even that had its flaws.
I wish there would be Twisted Metal game. Sweet Tooth on the screen would be great. The closest thing there is is Death Race and it feels very much like a video game which I guess thats why I liked it. I'm open to seeing more video game films in the future and would like to see one done correctly. I am not a fan of any video game films as I hated the resident evil, tomb raider, and street fighter films. The film I'd say I like the most is perhaps Mortal Kombat and even that had its flaws.
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11:19AM on 03/09/2010

Paul Greengrass Sould Direct Metal Gear Solid

He would be perfect for it.
He would be perfect for it.
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10:48AM on 03/09/2010

Good post!

Totally agree with all this.

My main question about video game movies is why they all have that same, unique sort of low budget feeling (even though some aren't low budget) about them. Meaning, you could walk in on a video game movie half way through, not knowing what it is, but yet be able to figure out that it is in fact a video game movie. Sort of like have you can tell if you're watching an 80's movie.
Totally agree with all this.

My main question about video game movies is why they all have that same, unique sort of low budget feeling (even though some aren't low budget) about them. Meaning, you could walk in on a video game movie half way through, not knowing what it is, but yet be able to figure out that it is in fact a video game movie. Sort of like have you can tell if you're watching an 80's movie.
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10:04AM on 03/09/2010

Need to take em seriously

If Hollywood takes the project seriously, and hires TALENT to direct (Paul Anderson FAILS), then there is a possibility it CAN be good. Not ONE video game movie has been GOOD yet (MK was entertaining, but I wouldn't say good, and Resident Evils BLEW).

I think in the right hands, they can be good, as long as they don't deviate from the SOURCE material. Remember when George A. Romero was attached to Resident Evil first??? Then Capcom had to screw it up.
If Hollywood takes the project seriously, and hires TALENT to direct (Paul Anderson FAILS), then there is a possibility it CAN be good. Not ONE video game movie has been GOOD yet (MK was entertaining, but I wouldn't say good, and Resident Evils BLEW).

I think in the right hands, they can be good, as long as they don't deviate from the SOURCE material. Remember when George A. Romero was attached to Resident Evil first??? Then Capcom had to screw it up.
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9:01AM on 03/09/2010

You know

, if a movie based on a game was actually BASED ON THE GAME, I'd be cool with them. But just like comic book movies, they take an IP and fuck with it, to the point where it's just an "inspired by" more than anything.

Silent Hill could have been AMAZING, but they fucked with WAY too much, and in the end, it was just "okay". Same with Resident Evil. Shit man, just take the story of the first game, intelligently condense it down, and it'd be a crazy flick. While I did dig RE (all of'm on some
, if a movie based on a game was actually BASED ON THE GAME, I'd be cool with them. But just like comic book movies, they take an IP and fuck with it, to the point where it's just an "inspired by" more than anything.

Silent Hill could have been AMAZING, but they fucked with WAY too much, and in the end, it was just "okay". Same with Resident Evil. Shit man, just take the story of the first game, intelligently condense it down, and it'd be a crazy flick. While I did dig RE (all of'm on some level), a movie centered around the actual game story, would have been amazing.

But I agree, enough already. But don't wish too hard for a Link movie. They do one now, and they'd end up making it a modern day movie, with Robert Pattinson as Link.
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8:09AM on 03/09/2010
I really hope there will be a castlevania movie. Thomas Jane as Simon Belmont and Daniel day lewis as dracula would be great casting choice. And please no manga influence which is slowly killing this game franchise for me.
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I really hope there will be a castlevania movie. Thomas Jane as Simon Belmont and Daniel day lewis as dracula would be great casting choice. And please no manga influence which is slowly killing this game franchise for me.
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7:28AM on 03/09/2010
'Not all games are potential movies', shouldn't that be 'NO games are potential movies', as none have been good. The stories of games are different to movies, it's a different medium, the stories in games are catered to feed the gameplay and aren't going to stand alone. That's why they're games in the first place and not movies.
'Not all games are potential movies', shouldn't that be 'NO games are potential movies', as none have been good. The stories of games are different to movies, it's a different medium, the stories in games are catered to feed the gameplay and aren't going to stand alone. That's why they're games in the first place and not movies.
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8:23AM on 03/09/2010
They haven't been good because instead of making games with fantastic stories like Bioshock, Mass Effect and Uncharted they picked fighting games and Tomb Raider.
They haven't been good because instead of making games with fantastic stories like Bioshock, Mass Effect and Uncharted they picked fighting games and Tomb Raider.
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7:25AM on 03/09/2010
half life
half life
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7:22AM on 03/09/2010

Lok

Even though it's my dream to see a Legacy Of Kain movie, since the sequel to Defiance was cancelled, I can honestly say that I'm afraid of it. there's too much material for it and the story line is too great and epic for Hollywood to make a decent movie out of it.
Even though it's my dream to see a Legacy Of Kain movie, since the sequel to Defiance was cancelled, I can honestly say that I'm afraid of it. there's too much material for it and the story line is too great and epic for Hollywood to make a decent movie out of it.
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7:19AM on 03/09/2010
Go to tell Uwe Boll to stop it first :p
Go to tell Uwe Boll to stop it first :p
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6:19AM on 03/09/2010
I wouldve taken the Spy Hunter movie if it had kept the Rock from the crappy Disney movies
I wouldve taken the Spy Hunter movie if it had kept the Rock from the crappy Disney movies
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