As avid gamers we all have our ideal games that should be made into movies. Sometimes we get our wish, and it’s not always what we were thinking. The most well known director (and not in a good way) for film adaptations of games is Uwe Boll. This guy fucks everything up. I’m certain that he’s the reason people are reluctant to take the leap and make the films.
I say remove him from the list of directors and make some movies! Here is the top six movies I want to see on the big screen. Remember to let us know what you think in the comments below!
The Last of Us
If you haven’t played this game…where the hell have you been? Play it now. As it stands now, we will see this soon. On the plus side, we will probably see the second game before the movie. I’m totally okay with that.
In September 2013, an outbreak of a mutant Cordyceps fungus ravages the United States, transforming its human hosts into cannibalistic monsters known as infected. In the suburbs of Austin, Texas, Joel (Troy Baker) flees the chaos with his brother Tommy (Jeffrey Pierce) and daughter Sarah (Hana Hayes). As they flee, Sarah is shot by a soldier and dies in Joel’s arms. In the twenty years that follow, most of civilization is destroyed by the infection. Survivors live in heavily policed quarantine zones, independent settlements, and nomadic groups. Joel works as a smuggler with his partner Tess (Annie Wersching) in the Boston, Massachusetts, quarantine zone. They hunt down Robert (Robin Atkin Downes), a black market dealer, to recover a stolen weapons cache. Before Tess kills him, Robert reveals that he traded the cache with the Fireflies, a rebel militia opposing the quarantine zone authorities.
Who should direct it: Darren Aronofsky. This guy can tell a story. Just watch one of his films.
God of War
While I was never a very big God of War fan, I did appreciate the game and story. Even though this game is all about building up and button mashing at some points, you can’t deny the in-depth story and great graphics for its time. Why is this movie worthy? They haven’t gotten one game wrong. All of the stories have been really fascinating and now with the new one on the horizon, we get to explore the NORSE GODS!! I’m excited for this one.
God of War is set in an alternate version of ancient Greece, populated by the Olympian Gods, Titans, and other beings of Greek mythology. With the exception of flashbacks, the events are set between those of the games Chains of Olympus (2008) and Ghost of Sparta (2010). There are six locations explored, including fictional versions of the real-world Aegean Sea and ancient city of Athens, and fictional locations of the Desert of Lost Souls, the Temple of Pandora, the Underworld, and a brief scene on Mount Olympus.
The Aegean Sea setting includes a mass of shipwrecked vessels. Athens is a war-torn city under assault by Ares, the God of War; beyond the city is the Desert of Lost Souls, a vast and windy desert of ancient ruins. The majority of the game occurs in Pandora’s Temple, which is chained to the back of the Titan Cronos, who crawls through the desert. The massive temple, constructed by the architect Pathos Verdes III, is filled with traps and monsters, and has three sections dedicated to the Titan Atlas and gods Poseidon and Hades, respectively. The Underworld is a fiery realm with spiked pillars full of souls and flaming versions of previously encountered enemies. Athens is the scene of the final battle before a denouement on Mount Olympus in the God of War’s throne room.
Who should direct it: Alejandro González Iñárritu.
With all of the reboots and prequels for horror, suspense and sci-fi shit coming out, this is a no brainer. I mean seriously, anyone that has played this game will tell you that it’s movie ready as is. There might be some modifications that need to take place, but fuck it. I say go with the story line of BioShock Infinite.
BioShock is set in 1960 in the underwater city of Rapture; the city’s history is mostly revealed via audio recordings the player can collect during the game. Rapture was planned and constructed in the 1940s by Objectivist business magnate Andrew Ryan who wanted to create a utopia for society’s elite to flourish outside of government control. Scientific progress greatly expanded, including the discovery of the genetic material “ADAM” created by sea slugs on the ocean floor. ADAM allows its users to alter their DNA to grant them super-human powers like telekinesis and pyrokinesis. To protect Rapture, Ryan imposed a law that no contact with the surface world was allowed.
Who should direct it: Guillermo del Toro
Red Dead Redemption
Man, I just want them to make this into a film because there hasn’t been a good western film since Tombstone. Now, I would put Deadwood in that running, BUT that doesn’t count as a movie. Red Dead has everything needed for a fucking great western. It’s about a bounty hunter, blackmail, and hunting down previous parters! Oh, and did I mention all of that takes place in the middle of a Mexican Civil War?
Red Dead Redemption spans two fictitious United States counties and a fictitious Mexican state: New Austin, West Elizabeth, and Nuevo Paraiso. New Austin and West Elizabeth are adjacent to each other and share a southern border with Mexico. Nuevo Paraiso is a Mexican state, separated from U.S. territory by the San Luis river. The game takes place primarily in the year 1911, featuring the final decade of the American Frontier and the cowboy and outlaw archetypes that shaped it. The landscape of the Wild West is beginning to fade and modern technologies like automobiles, machine guns, and oil drilling projects are beginning to appear.
Who should direct it: The Coen brothers.
The Elder Scrolls
Why Elder Scrolls? Dragons, check. Elves, check. Dwarves, check. Orcs, check. Massive amounts of possible story lines? Yup.
The Elder Scrolls world is a high fantasy one, with influences from a multitude of cultures all over the globe. Like most works of high or epic fantasy, The Elder Scrolls games are typically serious in tone and epic in scope, dealing with themes of grand struggle against a supernatural or evil force. Many races exist in the world of The Elder Scrolls, some typical of high fantasy works (humans, orcs and elves), some atypical (the bestial Argonian, who are lizard-like, and Khajiit, who are catlike, races), and some subversions (the Dwemer, known colloquially as “dwarves,” follow the high fantasy stereotype of being subterranean-dwelling, skilled metallurgists and masons, but are in fact a variety of elf), magic and sorcery, mythical creatures, factions with their own political agendas, walled medieval cities and strongholds, and plot elements driven by prophecies and legends. In accordance with many literary high fantasy works, the world of The Elder Scrolls is known for its attention to detail including well-developed lore and back story. This includes a vast amount of information such as names, dates, and places that constitute its history and the interconnected structure of its various societies, cultures, and religions. Lore, including histories and legends, are contained in thousands of readable in-game books that are scattered throughout the game world.
Who should direct it: Peter Jackson. Duh.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Come on Disney, you know you want to. This shit got removed from the canon, but bring it back. If you’ve never played this game (the first one) then you’re missing out. You take on the role of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice! His name is Starkiller, and he’s powerful. So powerful that he is known to become one of the greatest Sith Lords. This game had a great storyline and awesome game play for its time.
Set in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Darth Vader is sent by Emperor Palpatine to destroy a Jedi named Kento Marek who survived Palpatine’s Jedi purge and is hiding on the Wookiee homeworld, Kashyyyk. The Force Unleashed begins with the player controlling Darth Vader as he searches Kashyyyk for Marek. After defeating Marek in battle, Vader discovers his child, Galen Marek, who is strong in the Force and raises him to become his apprentice, unbeknownst to the Emperor. When the apprentice (known in the game as “Starkiller”, and whom the player now controls) reaches adulthood, Vader sends him to kill the remaining Jedi as training for his ultimate goal: assassinating the Emperor so Vader and Starkiller can rule the galaxy together.
Who should direct it: Neill Blomkamp