CATEGORIES Action, Horror, Thrillers, Deals, Fandom, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Games and Game Movies, Movie News, CinematicalThere are plenty of fun, or at least serviceable, video games based on movies, and there have been plenty of abominable ones as well. I've paid cash money to see freaky skinless zombie dogs in Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Apocalypse, and Lara Croft swing from the ceiling in at least one of the Tomb Raider movies. I've wisely avoided the Uwe Boll poopfests, especially Postal, an adaptation of a game that was a cheaply made piece of crap when I first played it in, oh, the early '00s. Let's not even discuss the Mortal Kombat movies or the Super Mario Bros. movie that Harold Ramis wisely passed on. There are just so many mediocre games that have gotten way too much screen time.
But perhaps the cinema will begin to shine for us video game/film nerds. (Not too brightly, though -- it's dark in here with all the monitors!) There are plenty of excellent games out there, and even if they don't all quite make it to the big screen, recent developments have got me hopeful that really cool directors are sitting up and taking notice. Just last week, geeks everywhere wet their knickers over news that Sam Raimi will be directing a World of Warcraft film. Surely the king of horror/fantasy/comic book geekery will do this game justice, insofar as one can make a linear story out of a massively multiplayer online game (MMORPG). The Dark Knight's Charles Roven will produce.
Now comes news via Variety that D.J. Caruso, who directed Disturbia and Eagle Eye, is taking a crack at the spectacular deep space thriller Dead Space. The creepy, violent game is about an engineer named Isaac Clarke who is stuck on a mining ship with a gang of Necromorphs, symbiotic alien life forms which inhabit and mutate their human hosts. Besides fighting off the Necromorphs, Clarke has to solve the mystery of what happened onboard. Although some of the intricacies of the gameplay will be lost, of course, the story itself is compelling enough to make it a good, fun popcorn movie at the very least. (Caruso is also reportedly on board to direct an adaptation of Y: The Last Man, a comic book about the last guy on earth and his monkey, Ampersand. Mad geek cred.)
Although the equally amazing Bioshock game adaptation is still in limbo, and I'm not particularly excited about Gore Verbinski directing, the screenplay was written by John Logan, who penned Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, The Aviator, and Any Given Sunday, among others. The Ayn Rand-inspired underwater dystopia would at least look great with Verbinski at the helm, if he and Universal can come up with a way to make the budget work.
Even the now-dead adaptation of Halo has a silver lining; if director Neill Blomkamp hadn't been working with Peter Jackson on the project, they wouldn't have given birth to District 9. Jackson said at SDCC, "When Halo suddenly died, it was a bit of a shock but we thought: Let's make an original, low-budget film - something where we won't have to deal with a lot of studio politics."
Now, who's gonna tackle my most favorite game EVAR, Fallout 3? Step right up, my fellow gaming geeks and tell me what you think about the state of gaming and movies! Is it because video games lead the pack when it comes to time and money spent by consumers, because technology is improving and making it easier to replicate these high-tech scenarios, or because directors and writers are gamers too?