The highly-anticipated sequel to Top Video Games We’d Like To See As A Film – Part 1 is here. Don’t worry; this isn’t any old “cash in”, as Wriggy brings you a second instalment full of great action sequences and a lot of surprises. There may even be a romance sub-plot in there somewhere (probably not).
Grand Theft Auto V
Within a month of its release, Grand Theft Auto V earned seven Guinness World Records due to its sales. Nevertheless, despite the success of the series, it has yet to receive a film adaptation. In December 2013, Take-Two’s president Karl Slatoff explained why: “If it’s a bad movie, does that hurt your franchise or not? There is always a balance that has to be struck there.”
He continued: “Obviously, we consider those inbound requests. We take those inbound requests. So it’s something we consider at this point, but again it’s not core to what we do.” I wouldn’t hold your breath for this one.
The subject of a Halo film comes round more times than a city bus, though it’s one that would certainly please the fans. It all began in 2005 when Columbia Pictures president Peter Schlessel began working outside the studio system to produce a Halo filmic adaptation. Despite the script being rewritten numerous times and with two big name directors on board (Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jackson), the film never got off the ground due to funding. Two years later, both Blomkamp and Jackson declared the project dead and the rights for the film were reverted to Microsoft.
Nevertheless, it’s not all bad news. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (a 2012 live-action film and miniseries set in the Halo universe) and Halo: Nightfall (an upcoming live-action Xbox Originals web series) may be enough to tickle the taste buds of Halo fanatics.
The Mass Effect film was officially given the green light by BioWare on Monday, May 24th, 2010. The movie is being co-produced and co-financed by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. with Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, and Avi Arad producing the film, alongside BioWare’s own Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk and Casey Hudson.
Disappointingly, the project is still in the early stages of development and no director has been hired or actors cast. Nevertheless, you can expect the film to launch in 2018/2019.
The Last of Us
The Last of Us was arguably the best game of the last generation thanks to its highly engaging storyline, which is why it came as no surprise when Sony announced a film was in the works in March 2014. Six months later, Neil Druckmann (the writer of the movie adaptation) told MCV that the film has required dramatic rewrites of some of the game’s storyline: “In two hours you can’t tell the same kind of story that you can in a game like The Last of Us, which is 15 hours.”
He continued: “I’m in the middle of it now, and it’s been super difficult because there’s so much that happens in The Last of Us – even just in the cinematics – that can’t fit in a film, let alone all the gameplay in-between and dialogue.” Judging by the fact that the film is still being written, it’s safe to say that this is a long way off.