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Sep. 27, 2011by: Alex Keen

Video Games That Should Be Movies and Who Should Direct Them

In the never-ending movie news cycle, adaptations always seem to rise to the surface in popularity and notoriety. It used to be that the hottest properties were book adaptations. Then came the era of comic book adaptations. That was followed by television adaptations before the pendulum came right back to comic book adaptations. In the midst of this fervor for known quantities video game adaptations saw a brief push towards the top. However, most of these adaptations have either sucked or were Uwe Bol movies. Since the tides will once again shift back to video game properties, I made up a list of games that could make great movies... only if they were in hands of a certain talented director. Because we all know that someone like Paul W. S. Anderson gets the gig the movie is destined to suck. With that in mind, here is part one of my list of great games that deserve to be in great hands:
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12:02AM on 09/29/2011

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Not a bad list, but you obviously haven't considered what David Fincher could do with a Twisted Metal movie.
Not a bad list, but you obviously haven't considered what David Fincher could do with a Twisted Metal movie.
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10:28PM on 09/28/2011

missed...

Zack Snyder directing a Mortal Kombat re-boot. I mean, the game series is full of cool visuals and ultra-violence, which we all know Snyder can handle. Avoid going the "realistic" route recently attempted and just make a bad-ass, hard 'R' Mortal Kombat movie.
Zack Snyder directing a Mortal Kombat re-boot. I mean, the game series is full of cool visuals and ultra-violence, which we all know Snyder can handle. Avoid going the "realistic" route recently attempted and just make a bad-ass, hard 'R' Mortal Kombat movie.
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12:27PM on 09/28/2011

Bad List


We REALLY need:

1. a Peter Jackson THE ELDER SCROLLS

2. a J.J. Abrams HALO

3. a Zack Snyder GEARS OF WAR

4. a Quentin Tarantino RED DEAD REDEMPTION

5. a Ridley Scott KILLZONE

6. a David Fincher HEAVY RAIN

7. a Gore Verbinski BIOSHOCK

8. a Christopher Nolan ASSASSIN'S CREED

9. a Steven Spielberg SPLINTER CELL

10. a Martin Scorsese GRAND THEFT AUTO

11. a James Cameron FALLOUT

12. a Zack Snyder GOD OF WAR



Yeah, I used Snyder twice but only because if

We REALLY need:

1. a Peter Jackson THE ELDER SCROLLS

2. a J.J. Abrams HALO

3. a Zack Snyder GEARS OF WAR

4. a Quentin Tarantino RED DEAD REDEMPTION

5. a Ridley Scott KILLZONE

6. a David Fincher HEAVY RAIN

7. a Gore Verbinski BIOSHOCK

8. a Christopher Nolan ASSASSIN'S CREED

9. a Steven Spielberg SPLINTER CELL

10. a Martin Scorsese GRAND THEFT AUTO

11. a James Cameron FALLOUT

12. a Zack Snyder GOD OF WAR



Yeah, I used Snyder twice but only because if he made either of those movies, I'd be first in line. He sticks close to the source both in script and on screen
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12:08PM on 09/28/2011

Oh Forgot

I totally forgot about Diablo, Ninja Gaiden, and Contra.
I totally forgot about Diablo, Ninja Gaiden, and Contra.
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10:55AM on 09/28/2011
Has everyone forgotten about half life? i'd love to see Bryan Cranston or Hugh Laurie playing Gordon Freeman.
Also, Deus Ex brutally missing from the list. I kept thinking it was going to be #1
Has everyone forgotten about half life? i'd love to see Bryan Cranston or Hugh Laurie playing Gordon Freeman.
Also, Deus Ex brutally missing from the list. I kept thinking it was going to be #1
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10:51AM on 09/28/2011
Has everyone forgotten about half life? i'd love to see Bryan Cranston or Hugh Laurie playing Gordon Freeman.
Also, Deus Ex brutally missing from the list. I kept thinking it was going to be #1
Has everyone forgotten about half life? i'd love to see Bryan Cranston or Hugh Laurie playing Gordon Freeman.
Also, Deus Ex brutally missing from the list. I kept thinking it was going to be #1
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7:45AM on 09/28/2011
Grim Fandango is a great idea!!! I loved the mood of the game!
Grim Fandango is a great idea!!! I loved the mood of the game!
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4:35AM on 09/28/2011

No Grim Fandango?!

Should be number 1 :(
Should be number 1 :(
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2:50AM on 09/28/2011

HERE is a better list:

check it out, tell me what you think:
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check it out, tell me what you think:
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10:11PM on 09/27/2011
What? No Alan Wake by Brad Anderson?
What? No Alan Wake by Brad Anderson?
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9:35PM on 09/27/2011
What about Red Dead Redemption. Yes I know it's on the way but I haven't heard a lot about it. It would be epic if put in the right/ capale hands. Then there's Diablo..... Again I heard it was on the way but still nothing. Jackson and Weta would be my choice for it. Oh and btw...... A big fat YES for Neil Blomkamp for Halo.
What about Red Dead Redemption. Yes I know it's on the way but I haven't heard a lot about it. It would be epic if put in the right/ capale hands. Then there's Diablo..... Again I heard it was on the way but still nothing. Jackson and Weta would be my choice for it. Oh and btw...... A big fat YES for Neil Blomkamp for Halo.
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9:10PM on 09/27/2011

My Top Ten

1.Dead Space- Alfonso Cuaron
2.Shadow of the Colossus- Darren Aronofsky
3.Dante's Inferno- Guillermo Del Toro
4.Turok- James Cameron
5.Gears of War- Ridley Scott
6.Double Dragon and Battle Toads- Zack Snyder
7. Metal Gear Solid- Christopher Nolen
8.Left 4 Dead- Matthew Vaughn
9.the Legend of Zelda- Steven Spielberg
10.Super Mario Brothers- Pixar
1.Dead Space- Alfonso Cuaron
2.Shadow of the Colossus- Darren Aronofsky
3.Dante's Inferno- Guillermo Del Toro
4.Turok- James Cameron
5.Gears of War- Ridley Scott
6.Double Dragon and Battle Toads- Zack Snyder
7. Metal Gear Solid- Christopher Nolen
8.Left 4 Dead- Matthew Vaughn
9.the Legend of Zelda- Steven Spielberg
10.Super Mario Brothers- Pixar
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8:49PM on 09/27/2011

Abrams Over Rated

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8:28PM on 09/27/2011
WoW did that list suck. Metal Gear, God of War and Shadow of the Colossus are pretty much the only games I want to see as movies.
WoW did that list suck. Metal Gear, God of War and Shadow of the Colossus are pretty much the only games I want to see as movies.
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6:29PM on 09/27/2011
Beg to differ on Paul Anderson, as his video game adaptations have been decent entertainment (both Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil are fairly entertaining films). To each their own I suppose. It really is too bad most game films aren't good though, because many of them stem from heavily story and character driven games that are so ripe with cinematic quality, it's a crime they suck.
Beg to differ on Paul Anderson, as his video game adaptations have been decent entertainment (both Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil are fairly entertaining films). To each their own I suppose. It really is too bad most game films aren't good though, because many of them stem from heavily story and character driven games that are so ripe with cinematic quality, it's a crime they suck.
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6:07PM on 09/27/2011
A Mega Man movie from Brad Bird would be one of the best animated movies ever if it were to ever come to fruition.
A Mega Man movie from Brad Bird would be one of the best animated movies ever if it were to ever come to fruition.
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4:33PM on 09/27/2011

Halo: James Cameron

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4:30PM on 09/27/2011
Pretty interesting list. I highly disagree concerning Dead Space and LIMBO though. I think LIMBO would need to be animated to truly capture what it's meant to be, and since we've already had an animated version with the game, I don't think a film version is necessary. If one HAD to be made, I would say let Brad Bird do it. He's already proven that he can make silent animation compelling. In my opinion, he's tops at making people care about his stories characters too, and I think he has the
Pretty interesting list. I highly disagree concerning Dead Space and LIMBO though. I think LIMBO would need to be animated to truly capture what it's meant to be, and since we've already had an animated version with the game, I don't think a film version is necessary. If one HAD to be made, I would say let Brad Bird do it. He's already proven that he can make silent animation compelling. In my opinion, he's tops at making people care about his stories characters too, and I think he has the talent and imagination to run wild with more dark and unsettling material.

Concerning Dead Space, you gotta go with a director that is a master at creating compelling and immersive atmosphere, so much so that it almost becomes another character in the story. I really don't think James Wan fits that bill. To be honest, he's better than average, but I don't think that's enough. Not sure who I'd want to direct a Dead Space movie, but it sure as heck wouldn't be him.

P.S. - I've had this avatar for a few days now. Pretty interesting timing!
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4:56PM on 09/27/2011
BTW, if you're using Internet Explorer to browse the internet, my P.S. probably doesn't make sense. For whatever reason, my new LIMBO avatar is only showing through Firefox (far as I can tell anyway).
BTW, if you're using Internet Explorer to browse the internet, my P.S. probably doesn't make sense. For whatever reason, my new LIMBO avatar is only showing through Firefox (far as I can tell anyway).
2:13PM on 09/27/2011

Not sure about some of those

First off, I'm going to be one of "those" people and say that Burnout:Revenge wasn't a franchise, that was a single game. Burnout is a franchise, Burnout:Revenge was a game out of the franchise. Now that I got that out of my system, I feel that some of these have already been made. Example: Left 4 Dead = Zombieland. Not necessarily the characters, but a zombie movie where you follow 4 people, get to know their characters, and how they survive the apocolypse. You can also fit The Walking
First off, I'm going to be one of "those" people and say that Burnout:Revenge wasn't a franchise, that was a single game. Burnout is a franchise, Burnout:Revenge was a game out of the franchise. Now that I got that out of my system, I feel that some of these have already been made. Example: Left 4 Dead = Zombieland. Not necessarily the characters, but a zombie movie where you follow 4 people, get to know their characters, and how they survive the apocolypse. You can also fit The Walking Dead. There's just too many zombie movies out for Left 4 Dead to stand out on. Also, Burnout would be just another generic racing movie, leave that up to Fast and the Furious. And finaly.. N+?? Really? DJ Hero could be pretty good if done right. I agree 100% though that Dead Space would make an excellent movie. Also, Mass Effect should definitely be on this list!
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1:14PM on 09/27/2011
UWE BOLL for gears of war and halo!!? LOL only joking but in the real world thats what will probably happen im afraid.
UWE BOLL for gears of war and halo!!? LOL only joking but in the real world thats what will probably happen im afraid.
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1:01PM on 09/27/2011
Starcraft - J.J Abrams
Grim Fandango - Tim Burton
Deus Ex - David Fincher
God of War - Zack Snyder
Game of Thrones (yeah its a game, also) - Peter Jacksson together with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss as producers.
Starcraft - J.J Abrams
Grim Fandango - Tim Burton
Deus Ex - David Fincher
God of War - Zack Snyder
Game of Thrones (yeah its a game, also) - Peter Jacksson together with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss as producers.
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12:24PM on 09/27/2011
Unreal Tournament by Zack Snyder
Unreal Tournament by Zack Snyder
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12:13PM on 09/27/2011
The human interaction in gaming is one of the key pieces of the storytelling in the best games. That's why it's almost too difficult already to make them into movies. Players reach a level of immersion in games which is next to impossible in film. Why? Because they are participating in the narrative. Even linear games make you figure out the puzzle of defeat the villain, you project yourself into the role much easier in games than in film. It's a crucial ingredient that when lost could almost
The human interaction in gaming is one of the key pieces of the storytelling in the best games. That's why it's almost too difficult already to make them into movies. Players reach a level of immersion in games which is next to impossible in film. Why? Because they are participating in the narrative. Even linear games make you figure out the puzzle of defeat the villain, you project yourself into the role much easier in games than in film. It's a crucial ingredient that when lost could almost completely destroy the property you're trying to adapt. Not to mention the complete and utter lack of respect the film industry has for the game industry. What I'm saying ladies and gentlemen is, just enjoy the game.
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12:11PM on 09/27/2011
Grim Fandango - Wes Anderson!
Grim Fandango - Wes Anderson!
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12:10PM on 09/27/2011
How about Del Toro doing Shadow of the Collossus. He's expressed a great admiration of the game and the tone would fit his style brilliantly.
How about Del Toro doing Shadow of the Collossus. He's expressed a great admiration of the game and the tone would fit his style brilliantly.
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11:58AM on 09/27/2011

Metal Gear Solid

The ONLY way to make this movie is with Hideo Kojima in the director's chair..Thats the only way. Get the man a translator if need be, step out of his way and let him make movie history.
The ONLY way to make this movie is with Hideo Kojima in the director's chair..Thats the only way. Get the man a translator if need be, step out of his way and let him make movie history.
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11:42AM on 09/27/2011

Paul W. S. Anderson

Everyone likes to bag on this guy as the bad 'video game movie' director. Question - how many video games has he actually adapted into a movie?

Answer - TWO

He's only made two game series into movies, and one of those I reckon is still the best (live-action)video game film ever made. Not sure how you can gain a rep as a 'video game movie' guy when you've only........done two.
Everyone likes to bag on this guy as the bad 'video game movie' director. Question - how many video games has he actually adapted into a movie?

Answer - TWO

He's only made two game series into movies, and one of those I reckon is still the best (live-action)video game film ever made. Not sure how you can gain a rep as a 'video game movie' guy when you've only........done two.
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11:08AM on 09/27/2011

TarantinoDork's suggestion

Neill Blomkamp would make an incredible Halo movie.
Neill Blomkamp would make an incredible Halo movie.
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11:08AM on 09/27/2011
Pretty bad list...and no Metal Gear!?
Not only that, but a few games on there have already (or basically already) been done!
Pretty bad list...and no Metal Gear!?
Not only that, but a few games on there have already (or basically already) been done!
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11:06AM on 09/27/2011

Ironically no Gears of War

This was a fun top 10, but what about Metal Gear Solid or Uncharted?
This was a fun top 10, but what about Metal Gear Solid or Uncharted?
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11:01AM on 09/27/2011
I'm holding out for the Neill Blomkamp, Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro Halo movie. I still have hope.
I'm holding out for the Neill Blomkamp, Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro Halo movie. I still have hope.
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10:59AM on 09/27/2011

Ironically no Gears of War

This was a fun top 10, but what about Metal Gear Solid or Uncharted?
This was a fun top 10, but what about Metal Gear Solid or Uncharted?
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10:49AM on 09/27/2011

I would like to see...

Duncan Jones directing The Mass effect trilogy
John Woo directing Metal Gear Solid (the 1998 one)
Duncan Jones directing The Mass effect trilogy
John Woo directing Metal Gear Solid (the 1998 one)
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10:35AM on 09/27/2011

JJ Abrams...

...and sci-fi = good in my book
...and sci-fi = good in my book
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10:27AM on 09/27/2011
Some of these don't make any sense. I definitely agree on a few though.
Some of these don't make any sense. I definitely agree on a few though.
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10:27AM on 09/27/2011
Devil May Cry - Zack Snyder
Devil May Cry - Zack Snyder
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9:19AM on 09/27/2011
Great write-up, Keen!
Great write-up, Keen!
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