Video Game Movies Are The New Comic Book Movies Says Ex-Marvel Man

Avi Arad, former head of Marvel Studios and producer of the comic book company's big screen adaptations, believes that video games are "great source material" and that Hollywood will soon embrace games as it has superheroes.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Arad said at the Milken Institute Global Conference "Very much like when we started with comics, we need one runaway success to make it very clear that this is a great source material." Arad, of course, has a vested interest in seeing video games succeed as potential film properties. He's backing adaptations of Mass Effect, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and inFamous.

Some video games, like Resident Evil, have enjoyed some commercial success. Other big names, like Gears of War, BioShock and Halo, have had their own issues making their way to the big screen, namely massive budgets that studios baulk at.

The Jerry Bruckheimer producer Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time makes its theatrical debut next month, with adaptations of World of Warcraft, Kane & Lynch and many others still in the works. Who wants to place bets on which of these will be a "runaway success"?

Avi Arad: More video game movies on horizon [THR]


    Precisely what this article suggests:

    Of all the films that could be done badly, I fear Ucharted faces potentially the worst treatment. The game told the story so well and so cinematically, I can't see a film even at it's best telling it better.

    I can't stand video game movies. The closer they try to stick to the story, the worse the film turns out. I actually don't mind the Mario movie, BECAUSE it is so radically different from the source material.

    I go to Video Games Heaven for all my game movies. Google it. Really. Who needs Hollywood?

    I'm betting that the WoW movie will be horrible. Either too much fantasy or too much catering to the WoW audience. The Kane and Lynch movie will just be a bland action flick, nobody will be able to tell it was taken from a game, but not in a good way. Price of Persia I expect to be a pretty horrible fantasy movie along the lines of the Mummy 3 or the Scorpion King that will probably try to take some major plot points from the game.

    Of the 3 I think Price of Persia will remain truest to the game itself though I generally found the storyline in those games to be a little below average. I could see ME having a good world for a movie, even if they didn't go with any storyline from the games.

    Arad is probably right, but there's a key difference: with comics, I think there's a greater demand to see them become movies. Paper comics don't move, they don't speak to us, they don't have music. That's not to say that comics NEED to do those things, just that a comic reader - such as myself - might often think, "This fight would be great in motion" or something of that nature.

    By contrast, video games are already doing those things and are increasingly adopting cinematic qualities. Creating a movie adaptation of a game brings that story to a wider audience, but for much of the existing fan base it's somewhat unnecessary. I've often been watching a movie and thought how great it would be if I could play and interact with certain scenes, but the prospect of taking something interactive and rendering it more passive has generally seemed less attractive.

    With that said, there are certain franchises that I would love to see make the jump to film, both for my own enjoyment and to bring at least part of that experience to a much bigger audience.

    Ugh, those tedious vampires are just looking to tap into a product where a huge pre-existing audience, backstory and concept work already exists so they can plunge their fangs into it. Can we just call boycott on this nonsense and tell film makers (and i use the term loosely) to bugger off and come up with something that wasnt cludged together by a focus group or cut into lines on a mirror? PLEASE?!?!

    So, by 'runaway success' does he mean the Superman movie, Batman movie or Spiderman movie?

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