Video Games Get Cinematic Adaptations: Final Fantasy, Uncharted, Halo
- Video games have carved out a place for themselves in Hollywood; there are several video game adaptations slated for release this year, and at least a dozen more in production.
- “Sonic the Hedgehog” grossed $ 70 million in theaters on its opening weekend, while “The Witcher” recently enjoyed the best debut of any Netflix series to date.
- “Resident Evil” is the highest grossing video game movie franchise of all time, with more than $ 1.2 billion in global revenues. Netflix is also working on a “Resident Evil” series.
- Despite mostly terrible reviews, other recent films based on video games like “Rampage,” “Warcraft,” and “Assassin’s Creed” have recorded high international revenues, perhaps thanks to their recognizable brands.
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There’s no denying the impact of video games on pop culture. But despite decades of attempts, only a handful of movies and TV shows have managed to bring the fun of gaming to the screen. That trend could change, however, with a pair of video game adaptations dominating the box office and television in early 2020.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” had the best box office opening of any video game adaptation with $ 70 million in its opening weekend. The generally positive reviews for “Sonic” contrast sharply with the film’s first impressions. The public response to the first “Sonic” trailer was so poor that the film’s producer delayed its release and revised Sonic’s design for the final release, but the decision has paid off so far.
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“The Witcher” from “The Witcher” had the company’s biggest debut for a new series and is still one of the most-watched shows of 2020. Last year, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” also had a impressive theatrical release, generating over $ 430 million in box office revenue. worldwide.
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Even more video game-based films are on the way later this year – a “Monster Hunter” film based on Capcom’s hit video game series hits theaters in September 2020, and “No remorse” a film based on Capcom’s hit video game series. on the popular “Rainbow Six” franchise of games and films, will arrive during the same month.
Upcoming adaptations will not be lacking either. Lionsgate recently announced that “Cabin Fever” and “Hostel” director Eli Roth will be directing a film adaptation of “Borderlands”, the shooting game franchise developed by Gearbox and published by Take-Two Interactive. Sony has confirmed production of a live-action TV series based on “Final Fantasy XIV” and “Spider-Man” star Tom Holland will play Nathan Drake in an upcoming adaptation of “Uncharted.”
There are nearly 15 other video game movies and TV series to watch out for: