Hollywood isn’t exactly known for bringing new and fresh ideas to the silver screen these days. So far every comic book and Y.A novel has been ripe for the picking when it comes to adaptations for the box office and video games are no exception. The problem has been that most movies based on game franchises, for lack of a better word, suck. There are of course exceptions to the rule, Resident Evil was enjoyable, or at least the first one was. But for every Resident Evil Hollywood has churned out a host of bombs like Doom, House of the Dead, and all the R.E. sequels (seriously why do they keep making these!?). I have no idea if the Sonic the Hedgehog movie will be any good, if I had to guess I would say that it probably won’t be. If the movie is somehow successful it begs the question, what’s next? There are several game franchises that would translate incredibly well to the big screen, maybe Hollywood should take a look at these.
- Call of Duty: This is a franchise that would rake in millions at the box office! No matter which era the movie is set (WWII, Modern Warfare, Infinite Warfare) there is a good enough story for an action packed and gripping action movie. Just don’t let Michael Bay anywhere near this series and you have a gold mine!
- Heavy Rain: Like drama and intrigue? Heavy Rain has it in spades. This game could be turned into a modern film noir classic in the right hands. Under the creative eye of a director like David Fincher, Clint Eastwood, or Christopher Nolan this adaptation could be Oscar worthy!
- God of War: Why hasn’t this happened yet? Revenge, violence, sex, this movie has it all! I can see Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Justice League) playing the titular character Kratos. Go ahead and get Zack Snyder to direct if you have to, but this movie would put 300 to shame.
- Guitar Hero: Hear me out before you start trolling! Can you imagine a great rags to riches story in the vein of Rockstar? Or the hilarious meltdowns of This is Spinal Tap? I can! People love an underdog and success story and how can you get better than going from cover band to selling out Madison Square Garden. Not to mention all the drama and comedy in between.
You might notice a lack of RPG’s, well that’s on purpose. Games like Skyrim, Zelda, Final Fantasy, or my personal favorite Chrono Trigger are just too big and plot heavy to be done right on film. I don’t know if the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie will be any good, needless to say I have my doubts. The good news is that while the Hollywood industrial machine can’t and won’t be stopped, there is a ton of great source material available in the world of video games.