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09.27.2011by: 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:

Limbo - Paul Thomas Anderson

When devised this list LIMBO was the most important game for me to pair up because it would be the hardest to adapt and the best game of bunch. If you havenít played LIMBO then you are missing out on a fantastic side-scrolling adventure full of challenge, scares, and gun-wrenching action. Plus, it is without a single line of dialogue. There are several directors that could tackle this adaptation (Fincher, Nolan, or Del Toro), but I think Anderson would be the best fit. His masterful vision made the opening silence of THERE WILL BE BLOOD an epic accomplishment. Heíd bring style, intelligence, and most of all, patience to this adaptation. This movie may not be a blockbuster; nevertheless, it would be a classic for the ages.

DJ Hero - Gavin O'Connor

DJ HERO was one of the best movie games of this generation; unfortunately, thanks to a collapse in the publicís interest in movie games, DJ HERO is now a dead franchise. While the game had a very simple storyline, the general idea of competing for higher mash-up scores with competing is perfectly cinematic. In the grand tradition of movies like RAD, THE KARATE KID, and FLASHDANCE, DJ HERO could take a simple storyline and make it into cinematic gold. I picked Gavin OíConnor for this gig because of his work on MIRACLE and WARRIOR. This guy knows how to make cheesy concepts ring true and connect with an audience. Throw in an awesome soundtrack and this movie has tons of potential.

Tomb Raider - Sofia Coppola

This was the strangest of realizations that I came upon; so, bear with me a bit here. The TOMB RAIDER movies did their job of emulating the games as best as possible. Not a lot of risks were taken and safe mediocre movies were the result. What I would love to see with this franchise is a filmmaker with actual vision and balls taking some big time risks with Tomb Raider.

Sofia Coppola is perfect for this gig for several reasons. She had a flair for cinematography. Look over all of her movies, even MARIE ANTOINETTE, and Coppola has a great eye for color, scenery, and camera movement. Furthermore, Iíd love to see who she would cast. Coppola has an uncanny talent of garnering interesting performances from unlikely talents. I was especially impressed by her work with Steven Dorff in SOMEWHERE. This pairing, Coppola and Lara Croft, will probably never happen. But, if it did, some interesting new ideas with the franchise would surely come to light.

N+ - Joseph Kosinski

Some of you might be looking at this entry with no idea what in the world N+ is. Thatís okay. N+ is an indie game that challenged gamers to aid a simple ninja as he attempts to sneak through treacherous puzzles. Most of the levels too less than a minute to complete... but they sometimes take weeks to navigate successfully. This is a game that you have to play over and over again until youíve mastered it. N+ is overflowing with style, brutal violence, and simplicity. Perfect in the hands of TRON: LEGACYís Joseph Kosinski. This guy has already shown aptitude with video games. The game is without a story which would give Kosinski ample opportunity to do whatever his heart desires. N+ is an almost unknown game that has nothing but upside in the hands of a director like Kosinski.

Burnout Revenge - Justin Lin

Hands down, the best racing franchise of the last ten years is Burnout Revenge. This arcade style racer blends epic crashes, high speed action, and believably normal locations. The game doesnít have much of a story. This was immediately why I thought of Justin Lin. Sure, the director is best known for racing movies and this might seem like typecasting. However, with the epic nature of Burnoutís crashes and competition, there is a lot of potential for a guy like Lin who seems to revel in car porn. He might need to consult with Michael Bay on how best to annihilate a car (Lin seems to like speed and agility over destruction). But, at the end of the day, his latest work in the FAST & FURIOUS franchise shows that he wants more than generic action in his car movies.

Mega Man - Brad Bird

Mega Man is a classic franchise that deserves only the best talent. It would need someone skilled with action, as well as a sense of humor. Plus, if the movie was animated, no one could complain about who was cast as Mega or Dr. Wily. Thatís why, I would pick director Brad Bird for the job. With his work on the RATATOUILLE, IRON GIANT, and, most of all, THE INCREDIBLES, Bird has shown tremendous skill with animated characters, humor, and action. There is no doubt in my mind that the animation would look tremendous, the story would be entertaining, and the hardcore Mega Man fans would not be disappointed. Plus, Iíd bet a dollar that heíd find some way to sneak in Mega Man playing soccer.

Left 4 Dead - John Carpenter and Barry Jenkins

One of the best new game series to arrive on the scene was Left 4 Dead from the Valve Corporation. This co-operative survival horror shooter was designed with movie fans in mind. It borrows heavily from your favorite zombie movies and keeps its length at just around an hour per level. In this situation, Iíd like to see two very different directors paired up to bring this project to life. First, Iíd recruit John Carpenter to handle the horror and the action sequences. While Carpenterís filmography hasnít aged well, his work with the F. E. A. R. games has me convinced that he has some magic to share with the world.

Iíve paired him up with indie director Barry Jenkins because I think that Carpenter might need a hand creating modern and intelligent characters. Left 4 Dead features well-rounded protagonists that donít speak a lot; but, when they do, act like real people would. While Jenkins only has one credit to his name, his work with the characters in the mumblecore treasure, MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY, would make for a fascinating new dimension to this movie. Obviously, the biggest challenge would be to get these two directors to work collaboratively. However, since this is all in my imagination, I can promise you that everything would work swimmingly.

Halo - JJ Abrams

The Halo series has been in development hell for years now. Itís a great property that is being way too micro-managed by its keepers (Microsoft) and would need a big name to wrangle control. Considering that Peter Jackson couldnít reign this property in (you know, the guy who got Lord of the Rings perfected), it would take a larger than life director to take this on. Thatís why on the top of my short list is J. J. Abrams. Not only did he deliver great action shows like Alias and Lost, he directed the surprisingly good Mission: Impossible III as his first feature.

But, thatís even the film that had me convinced that he was the right choice. It was his ability to reboot STAR TREK after decades of poor writing and stupid TV shows that convinced me he is the only guy for the job. Abrams has the skill to handle the action involved and the pedigree to make much needed changes to the property to make it a great movie. Blind adherence to canon was the downfall of many STAR TREK movies and would be the main challenge with making a great Halo film. Abrams is the guy to make sure that Halo is a phenomenal movie made the right way.

Brutal Legend - Edgar Wright

If you donít know of this game then you werenít missing much in terms of gameplay. From heralded game designer Tim Schaefer, Brutal Legend was a heavy metal strategy game that was poorly executed despite a great story and solid voice-acting. The cast included the talents of Jack Black, Tim Curry, and Rob Halford (all of whom should be brought back). This game really deserves a director that understands video games, comedy, and heavy metal music. Immediately, the director that came to mind was Edgar Wright. Thanks to his fantastic work with SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD I get the sense that he clearly gets video game culture. That is a key component to getting this property right. Not only that but his work with HOT FUZZ shows that he can handle action scenes that require a comedic undertone. Finally, his efforts with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost would make him an ideal fit with a talent like Jack Black.

Dead Space - James Wan

Horror games have been the most successful properties adapted into movies and Dead Space is the perfect opportunity to keep that ball rolling. The game is a mix of EVENT HORIZON and ALIEN, but would probably do best in the hands of a director who revels in intense gore. I might consider Ridley Scott for this gig, but he seems more interested in epic movies these days. James Wan seems to have a better grasp on the small and personal scares that made SAW and DEATH SENTENCE so intense. Heíd do a great job making one scary undead alien terrifying enough to make audiences piss their collective pants. There are definitely other capable directors out there (Gore Verbinski, Rob Zombie, or Duncan Jones); however, for my money Wan can not only make this movie scary, heíll also make sure that the characters have enough story to tell to keep the audience engaged.

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4:12PM on 10/07/2011
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12:02AM on 09/29/2011

Also

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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9:37PM on 09/28/2011

WHAT??

What happened to Gears? Uncharted? Resistance? Deus Ex? Wolfenstein? Tenchu or Ninja Gaiden? Crysis? Something with parkour like Mirror's Edge?
UMM GOD OF WAR anyone?
There are sooo many games that are better suited than the ones you picked.
What happened to Gears? Uncharted? Resistance? Deus Ex? Wolfenstein? Tenchu or Ninja Gaiden? Crysis? Something with parkour like Mirror's Edge?
UMM GOD OF WAR anyone?
There are sooo many games that are better suited than the ones you picked.
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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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3:24AM on 09/28/2011

Incomplete...

Any list like this should include Fallout at the top...
Any list like this should include Fallout at the top...
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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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11:47PM on 09/27/2011

WipeOut

I always thought the classic WipeOut futuristic, anti-grav, racing game series would make for a cool movie or movies. There is a lot of freedom with character usage of the drivers, but it would be more about making the vehicles seem to have a life of their own. AND, it would have a killer soundtrack.
I always thought the classic WipeOut futuristic, anti-grav, racing game series would make for a cool movie or movies. There is a lot of freedom with character usage of the drivers, but it would be more about making the vehicles seem to have a life of their own. AND, it would have a killer soundtrack.
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10:29PM on 09/27/2011

2 out of 10 ain't bad ;)

this one is another one that could be phenomenal, and I think Wan is a really solid choice. They'll have to tinker with the story a bit though because truth be told the backstory of the game is a bit retarded.
this one is another one that could be phenomenal, and I think Wan is a really solid choice. They'll have to tinker with the story a bit though because truth be told the backstory of the game is a bit retarded.
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10:28PM on 09/27/2011

yes.

I was wondering what else was in story after your past choices, but this my friend is PERFECT!

Would love to see JB in this role, awesome character, awesome world, awesome everything -- it would be a killer film and I think would work as a movie even more than it did as a game!!
I was wondering what else was in story after your past choices, but this my friend is PERFECT!

Would love to see JB in this role, awesome character, awesome world, awesome everything -- it would be a killer film and I think would work as a movie even more than it did as a game!!
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10:26PM on 09/27/2011

Abrams doesn't fit

who does though is Neill Blomkamp and his AMAZING Halo short movies he made that for whatever idiotic reason lead to Microsoft turning a Halo movie with Blomkamp's involvement down.

His vision and his version were phenomenal, and he really is the only person that could make an AMAZING Halo film a reality. For anyone who hasn't seen them, youtube that shit ASAP!
who does though is Neill Blomkamp and his AMAZING Halo short movies he made that for whatever idiotic reason lead to Microsoft turning a Halo movie with Blomkamp's involvement down.

His vision and his version were phenomenal, and he really is the only person that could make an AMAZING Halo film a reality. For anyone who hasn't seen them, youtube that shit ASAP!
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10:24PM on 09/27/2011

sick of zombie/vampire/etc.etc. movies

but this could work. Yeah it's been done a thousand times before but the whole group of civilians trying to get through a zombie horde thing always manages to be successful, and the different types of zombies (though L4D didn't create that whole thing) could translate well into a film, making it unique and making people like me, who are tired of the zombie thing, to be interested.

Why not right, don't expect the story to be anything special though, they need to keep it straightforward for
but this could work. Yeah it's been done a thousand times before but the whole group of civilians trying to get through a zombie horde thing always manages to be successful, and the different types of zombies (though L4D didn't create that whole thing) could translate well into a film, making it unique and making people like me, who are tired of the zombie thing, to be interested.

Why not right, don't expect the story to be anything special though, they need to keep it straightforward for it to work (just hopefully moreso than the game's story... or stories lol)
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10:19PM on 09/27/2011

wouldn't happen

if Bird ever went back to animation now he'd be a traitor if he didn't go back to Pixar (and Disney wouldn't do a Mega Man movie) and Pixar only does movies on original concepts and keep that as a banner basically.

Not sure how a Mega Man movie would work, more than anything though it's best suited for a Japanese Anime style movie instead of anything like you're talking about (maybe there already is a movie out there maybe a Mega Man X one I'm not sure)
if Bird ever went back to animation now he'd be a traitor if he didn't go back to Pixar (and Disney wouldn't do a Mega Man movie) and Pixar only does movies on original concepts and keep that as a banner basically.

Not sure how a Mega Man movie would work, more than anything though it's best suited for a Japanese Anime style movie instead of anything like you're talking about (maybe there already is a movie out there maybe a Mega Man X one I'm not sure)
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4:20PM on 10/07/2011
haha A little harsh to say he would be a "traitor". Besides, Iron Giant, in my opinion his best animated work was a WB flick. I definitely agree that this would be a bad match-up though.
haha A little harsh to say he would be a "traitor". Besides, Iron Giant, in my opinion his best animated work was a WB flick. I definitely agree that this would be a bad match-up though.
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10:17PM on 09/27/2011

what?

no man, this would not work. Burnout Revenge, if you see the in game special features, is a game that focused most levels if not all of them on movie scenes (car chases) that the developers really liked, from Bullitt to Bad Boys II.

A movie like this just wouldn't work, it's not needed as it's just a game basically based on a bunch of movies already. Fast and the Furious 6 > this.

anyday.
no man, this would not work. Burnout Revenge, if you see the in game special features, is a game that focused most levels if not all of them on movie scenes (car chases) that the developers really liked, from Bullitt to Bad Boys II.

A movie like this just wouldn't work, it's not needed as it's just a game basically based on a bunch of movies already. Fast and the Furious 6 > this.

anyday.
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10:15PM on 09/27/2011

it would just feel like a ripoff of Tron

with the simplistic retro vibe of the game and all, all the obstacle diverting and such. No thanks and it doesn't have much potential anyway -- Just give me another Tron Kosinski, thanks.
with the simplistic retro vibe of the game and all, all the obstacle diverting and such. No thanks and it doesn't have much potential anyway -- Just give me another Tron Kosinski, thanks.
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10:13PM on 09/27/2011

don't think it would work

though the reboot is in the works I don't think Coppola would fit it at all, nor really have a passion for the project based on her past choices and interviews.

As for Tomb Raider itself, the game was always a ripoff of many media ventures that came before it, ripping elements from this and that and so on, truth be told there is little unique soul to Tomb Raider that can create anything more than a fun little light action adventure with a hot girl in the lead.

On a side note Angie was
though the reboot is in the works I don't think Coppola would fit it at all, nor really have a passion for the project based on her past choices and interviews.

As for Tomb Raider itself, the game was always a ripoff of many media ventures that came before it, ripping elements from this and that and so on, truth be told there is little unique soul to Tomb Raider that can create anything more than a fun little light action adventure with a hot girl in the lead.

On a side note Angie was SMOKIN as Lara, and I really don't think anyone can top her hotness in the role (something, like it or not, that is vital to the character)
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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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10:10PM on 09/27/2011

correction: music games ;)

it could work yeah, but I really don't think there's an audience. People love DJ's, but they love them when they go to the club and dance while getting drunk... not eating popcorn in an air conditioned theatre watching it on the big screen.

Then again they made a movie about air guitaring.
it could work yeah, but I really don't think there's an audience. People love DJ's, but they love them when they go to the club and dance while getting drunk... not eating popcorn in an air conditioned theatre watching it on the big screen.

Then again they made a movie about air guitaring.
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10:08PM on 09/27/2011

no

none of these directors fit, whether they could make a silent scene work or not and I can't see anyone giving anyone money to make this movie. Would make a neat little short though, say by Tim Burton or something, he could nail it.
none of these directors fit, whether they could make a silent scene work or not and I can't see anyone giving anyone money to make this movie. Would make a neat little short though, say by Tim Burton or something, he could nail it.
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9:36PM on 09/27/2011

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 he made either of those movies,
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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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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9:28PM on 09/27/2011
Yes
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9:25PM on 09/27/2011
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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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9:07PM on 09/27/2011
Don't think he ever would do it, but if he did he'd definitely do it RIGHT.
Don't think he ever would do it, but if he did he'd definitely do it RIGHT.
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8:49PM on 09/27/2011

Abrams Over Rated

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8:33PM on 09/27/2011

Good list

I definitely like the idea of Edgar Wright doing Brutal Legend. It's something I hadn't thought of previously. I wouldn't mind seeing a dark adaptation of The Legend of Zelda, directed by Guillermo del Toro. Also, I think Brad Bird would do a good job of making a Ratchet & Clank movie.
I definitely like the idea of Edgar Wright doing Brutal Legend. It's something I hadn't thought of previously. I wouldn't mind seeing a dark adaptation of The Legend of Zelda, directed by Guillermo del Toro. Also, I think Brad Bird would do a good job of making a Ratchet & Clank movie.
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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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7:47PM on 09/27/2011
Yea I agree with Freeden. Wtf was this list? DJ Hero?! Tomb Raider needs to be done right, pretend their was never those last 2 that were awful and I love that series. Where's Zelda, MGS, Shadow of the Colossus, and Mass Effect?
Yea I agree with Freeden. Wtf was this list? DJ Hero?! Tomb Raider needs to be done right, pretend their was never those last 2 that were awful and I love that series. Where's Zelda, MGS, Shadow of the Colossus, and Mass Effect?
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6:35PM on 09/27/2011
What was this list? N+? Limbo? Tomb Raider (which, as you mentioned, was already done). Most of these games pale in cinematic quality compared to others which deserve adaptations far more due to such a rich story, world, and characters. What about the Deus Ex games? Metal Gear Solid? Splinter Cell? Ace Combat? Pretty much any game by Konami? The list goes on, but I would hardly call this one a top ten list of games which need a film adaptation.
What was this list? N+? Limbo? Tomb Raider (which, as you mentioned, was already done). Most of these games pale in cinematic quality compared to others which deserve adaptations far more due to such a rich story, world, and characters. What about the Deus Ex games? Metal Gear Solid? Splinter Cell? Ace Combat? Pretty much any game by Konami? The list goes on, but I would hardly call this one a top ten list of games which need a film adaptation.
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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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5:17PM on 09/27/2011

hmph

The only one that I think would have trouble working is DJ Hero. I personally love the game and the idea for that matter but I get the feeling Channing Tatum would play Channing Tatum, someone like BOW WOW would play the token black dude that hollywood feels would have to exist because it's a music movie, and they would probably leave out Daft Punk in favor of someone like Jeff Bridges to play "The DJ to put an end to hip hop/mash up music". You know what, it's probably better if they don't
The only one that I think would have trouble working is DJ Hero. I personally love the game and the idea for that matter but I get the feeling Channing Tatum would play Channing Tatum, someone like BOW WOW would play the token black dude that hollywood feels would have to exist because it's a music movie, and they would probably leave out Daft Punk in favor of someone like Jeff Bridges to play "The DJ to put an end to hip hop/mash up music". You know what, it's probably better if they don't make this movie. I just pissed myself off with this post.
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4:33PM on 09/27/2011

Halo: James Cameron

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4:32PM on 09/27/2011

Better Choice: Cameron

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4:31PM on 09/27/2011

She'd Ruin It

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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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1:31PM on 09/27/2011

Don't know about some of these

Repost :p
Repost :p
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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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10:57AM on 09/27/2011

thats a great idea

i'd be super excited to see a Tomb Raider movie by Sofia Coppola
i'd be super excited to see a Tomb Raider movie by Sofia Coppola
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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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10:41AM on 09/27/2011

dude....

You are making me hope for this to happen....though it never might ... :(
You are making me hope for this to happen....though it never might ... :(
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10:38AM on 09/27/2011

Absolutely....

but I would prefer the Wachowski brothers doing the work behind the camera.
but I would prefer the Wachowski brothers doing the work behind the camera.
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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

Awesome

A choice that makes perfect sense!
A choice that makes perfect sense!
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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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10:04AM on 09/27/2011
Yes! You're spot on for selecting Brad Bird.
Yes! You're spot on for selecting Brad Bird.
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9:19AM on 09/27/2011
Great write-up, Keen!
Great write-up, Keen!
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