If you’ve never played Minecraft, let me explain to you how it works. You play as Steve, a pixelated guy, who lives in a pixelated world, who mines to survive deadly mobs of pixelated skeletons, zombies and creepers. You can build just about anything you want, as long as you are prepared for it to be, as you’ve probably guessed, pixelated.
The game originally debuted on the PC, but has found it’s way to both the Xbox and PlayStation consoles, Macs and on Android and iOS devices. Minecraft is strangely addictive, and until you’ve picked up the game and played, you just wouldn’t understand. It’s like playing Lego’s on your computer or gaming console, but with plenty more to do, see and create.
So, why does this matter? Well, in hopes to ride the coattails of the wildly popular Lego Movie, Warner Bros. has announced they will be doing a Minecraft movie. A release date has not been set for the movie as of yet, but this got us thinking: what other videogames would we love to see on the silver screen?
Here’s a list of just a few games that, if done right, could really make waves in the cinematic world:
Tears of fear are already streaming down my face at the thought of creating a movie based on Slender. If you haven’t played it, do a quick search, download the game, put on your headphones and play a round. Once you’ve done that, come back and let’s discuss this game.
Let’s think of how this would work in a movie. The game itself is just you, by yourself, in a dark forest. It’s completely silent, except for the sound of your footsteps, the crickets and the deep rumbling of this giant, faceless man following you. The thought of hearing that rumbling in a theater, in pitch black, and then that static, white noise of him appearing in front of you sends shivers down my spine.
Obviously, it would have to be a story based on the Slender legacy, because the game itself is rather boring for cinematic purpose. However, Slender is this generation’s boogeyman, and if crafted right, this movie would go down in history as one of the scariest movies ever produced.
Halo is a very popular gaming franchise, with nine titles released to date. However, only Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 include the iconic Spartan Master Chief. The game follows Master Chief and the UNSC as they fight to save humanity from the Covenant, the Flood and other alien life forms. Master Chief is joined by his AI Cortana, who helps lead Master Chief throughout his missions to save the human race.
There were rumors speculating that there was going to be a movie of the Halo series. In fact, those rumors surfaced soon after the release of Halo: Combat Evolved in summer 2002, but there was no serious confirmation and eventually the hype died down. The rumors came and went for many years, and there was even a rumor that claimed a producer had been found, but that was quickly put out.
This year, the rumor resurfaced yet again, and Microsoft has shut down the rumor mill in January. Gamers still excited at the thought of their beloved Master Chief and Cortana taking the silver screen held on to hope, and it might have been worth it. Screen Rant has reported that Ridley Scott is producing a full length, live action Halo film. Of course, there hasn’t been any serious confirmation anywhere else.
To be honest, there’s nothing standing in the way of this movie working except for getting it produced. In 2012, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a live action miniseries, debuted to help hype up Halo 4, an even included Master Chief. The show proved that a movie could be done; it just takes the power to do it. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was a really great miniseries, and I think most Halo fans would agree seeing a full length Halo movie would be a really great way to top off the franchise.
The movie would be based on the Assassin’s Creed games that featured Desmond Miles, a previous member of the Assassins Order, who was kidnapped by Abstergo Industries and forced to use a device called the Animus, which allows Desmond to take on the life of an assassin ancestor. Throughout the series, Desmond relives many of his assassin ancestors from many different time periods, including the High Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the American Revolution.
Like the Halo franchise, rumors about a movie were on-again, off-again. There was even a point where they were attempting production and had an estimated time of release for this year, but it was derailed and people lost track of it. Just recently, however, production was picked back up by New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures, and has a release date of Aug 7, 2015.
Although nothing has been confirmed as of yet, sources are claiming that Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Prometheus) will play Desmond Miles. IMDb has him as rumored, while other sources from late 2013 are claiming he is in fact playing Desmond Miles. One thing we do know for certain is that the Assassin’s Creed movie is back on and that’s pretty darn exciting.
The Last Of Us
Now, when I started this list, this movie was not yet announced, but fans of The Last Of Us should be excited because this is becoming a live action movie.
The Last Of Us has made waves in the gaming community, being praised as one of the best video games released in recent history. Released June 14, 2013, the game follows Joel (Troy Baker) who is trying to get a young girl named Ellie (Ashley Johnson) to the Fireflies. The Fireflies are a resistance group who believe Ellie may be the key to curing the infection that has turned the human race into the walking dead.
The game was heart wrenching and amazing, so why wouldn’t it excel on the silver screen? Recent news has claimed that The Last Of Us movie will be a video game adaptation, and is being tackled by the game’s creator Neil Druckmann and Screen Gems, the people behind Resident Evil.
Currently, there is no release date as the movie is still in the planning phase. Of course, that isn’t stopping people from speculating the scenes they need to include in order to make the movie worth the wait. But warning! There are mega spoilers included.
So which video game from this list would you, or are you, most excited to see on the silver screen? And if we missed one, let us know which video game you’d love to see become a movie in the comments.