Paul WS Anderson is the director of the Resident Evil movies which, in my own personal opinion, have gone from bad to worse. Now, he’s taking all other video game movies to taks – particularly the directors themselves who, he claims, “don’t know the video games they are based on from a hole in the head.”
While it’s tempting to call this a pot/kettle/black situation, regardless of what you may think of Paul WS Anderson as a Director, he is at the very least of fan of the games upon which his movies are based.
“Despite what a lot of haters on the internet might say,” he said, talking to MCV, “I love the Resident Evil games. And these movies are made with a huge knowledge and real passion for the games.
“A lot of video game movies are made by directors who don’t know the video games they are based on from a hole in the head. They don’t do justice to the games, they don’t immerse themselves in the games, they don’t understand what people liked from the games. And that is the wrong approach and clearly those movies don’t work.”
He picked out the Tomb Raider movies for specific criticism.
“You can fool people once, you know,” he said. “I was excited to see the Tomb Raider movie the first time it came out. I saw it, it wasn’t very good, I wasn’t very excited to go and see the second film.”
Hopefully we’re almost at the stage where video game movies can move in a similar direction to movies based on comic books – where talented directors, who grew up reading and loving comics, got the chance to deliver their own vision of a franchise they had a true passion for.
I always maintain that it’s a huge shame we never got to see Neill Blomkamp’s Halo movie. That had all the potential to be the first truly awesome video game movie.
That said, I have no doubt we’ll see a top video game adaptation in the next five years.