All The Video Games Getting Film And TV Adaptations

All The Video Games Getting Film And TV Adaptations
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Video games have often been cursed with bad movie adaptations. But now that games are only getting more popular, Hollywood has been scrambling to bring more gaming franchises to the big screen.

Recently, it was revealed that Sony has at least 10 film and TV projects in development based on PlayStation games. And while not all these PlayStation projects have been announced yet, (please join me in praying for a God of War adaptation), they add to an ever-growing list of video games being developed for the screen.

To keep track of which of your favourite games are getting the big-screen treatment, we’ve compiled a list of all the video game projects currently in active development for film and TV.

This article has been updated since its original publication.

Resident Evil

It seems we just can’t stop returning to Raccoon City. The Resident Evil franchise is getting yet another movie and this time it’s a total reboot. Also, don’t confuse this movie with the live-action TV series and CGI series that are also in development based on the Resident Evil series.

The Resident Evil reboot stars Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield with Robbie Amell and Hannah John-Kamenn also in the cast. The film will be released on Netflix and recently wrapped shooting in time for its September 2021 premiere.

The Witcher

The Witcher’s first season on Netflix debuted to much success last Christmas with Henry Cavill in the role of Geralt. The cast and crew have been hard at work filming the second season amidst the pandemic this year, which is set to arrive sometime in 2021.

A second project, The Witcher: Blood Origin, is a prequel series also in the works at Netflix and will explore the origins of the first Witcher.

The Last of Us

In development at HBO, The Last of Us TV adaptation already has a solid foundation to do the Naughty Dog game justice. Creative director Neil Druckmann is developing the project with Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin and the duo have promised the adaptation will be faithful to the original game.

The Last of Us already has many cinematic qualities that should make for a great screen adaption. But diehard fans are very attached to the game, so expectations are already sky-high.

Assassin’s Creed

After a less than stellar film adaptation, Assassin’s Creed is getting another shot at the live-action treatment. This time Netflix is behind the wheel with plans to adapt the historical franchise into a slew of live-action, animated and anime stories. The first of these projects is a live-action ‘genre-bending’ tv series currently in early development.

Fallout

Amazon has teamed up with Bethesda to bring us a live-action Fallout TV series, coming from Jonathon Nolan and Lisa Joy – the creative minds behind HBO’s Westworld. The TV show already has a full-season order and will aim to emulate the ‘harsh tone’ of the game while still including its ironic humour.

Borderlands

The Borderlands movie has been picking up steam this year, with Eli Roth attached to direct and Cate Blanchett leading the cast as Lilith. It will apparently follow four vault hunters who travel to the distant planet of Pandora to open a mysterious vault before a corporation beats them to it. So far, so very Borderlands. The script is  coming from Craig Mazin, who is also working on The Last of Us adaptation.

Uncharted

The Uncharted movie recently wrapped filming with Tom Holland in the lead as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as his partner in crime Sully. Early set-photos have the actors looking very much the part of their video game counterparts, so fingers crossed this one falls into the ‘good video game movie’ pile. The movie is set to release in July 2021.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider has seen its fair share of adaptations. Angelina Jolie starred as Lara Croft in two movie adaptations before Alicia Vikander stepped into the role in 2018. The latter movie was a closer adaptation of the rebooted Tomb Raider game from 2015. A sequel is in production with Vikander in the lead, but whether it will follow the storyline of Shadow of the Tomb Raider is undetermined.

Shooting on the sequel was set to begin this year but was delayed thanks to COVID-19.

Five Nights at Freddy’s

Another game that’s spent many years in development hell on its way to big-screen stardom is Five Nights at Freddy’s. Producers confirmed earlier this year that a script has been written and will be produced by indie horror studio Blumhouse, with filming starting in 2021 – which all sounds promising.

Cyberpunk 2077

While not a strict adaptation, Cyberpunk 2077 is getting a screen story inspired by the world of the game. Cyberpunk Edgerunners will be released on Netflix in 2022 and is a standalone anime series set in Night City.

Metal Gear Solid

The Metal Gear Solid movie regained its place in the collective conscience this year after it was announced Oscar Isaac would be playing Solid Snake. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong Skull Island) is directing although the film still doesn’t have a release date. While the casting is a promising sign there are still no guarantees that the Metal Gear Solid movie won’t slip into stasis again.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Given that Sonic the Hedgehog was one of the biggest moneymakers of 2020, it comes as no surprise that a sequel was quickly approved. The movie was also surprisingly good.

Halo

Similar to Halo Infinite, fans have been waiting what seems like forever for the inevitable Halo screen adaptation. Originally planned as a movie, the producers have switched tact and are now developing Halo into a TV series for Showtime. Pablo Schreiber is in the lead role and filming has commenced – but was subsequently paused thanks to coronavirus.

The Halo TV series is set to release 2021 and is said to be coming exclusively to Stan here in Australia. But who knows when it will actually release after the events of this year.

The Division

Another Ubisoft game property in the works for live-action is The Division. The movie gained traction earlier this year after Netflix picked it up for distribution. The cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain.

Mortal Kombat

The new Mortal Kombat movie was filmed right here in Australia with Ludi Lin, Joe Taslim, Jessica McNamee, Mehcad Brooks and Josh Lawson in the cast. The Mortal Kombat movie was one of the films hit by the HBO Max streaming plan, with a planned premiere date of April 16, 2021. Although similar to Wonder Woman 1984, we’ll likely have to catch the movie in cinemas here.

Minecraft

Yes, even Minecraft is getting a movie. It’s currently in development at Warner Bros. and originally had a release date of March 2022, which is now unknown thanks to the pandemic.

Yakuza

Yakuza has come guns blazing into 2020 with Yakuza: Like a Dragon and now Sega wants to take this popularity further with a film adaptation. The video game adaptation is in very early, early stages of development with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content.

The Elder Scrolls

This is just a rumour at the moment but news has been circulating that Netflix is planning to adapt Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls franchise.  Bethesda is also working with Amazon on a Fallout series, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the company making plans for its big IPs. Netflix has established a decent track-record with The Witcher so far, so there’s hope that The Elder Scrolls will be done justice.


Video games are notoriously difficult to adapt, as well all have witnessed from past results. But with so many great games in development for film and TV here’s hoping some of them turn out to be worthy reboots. While this list is a long one there are still countless games that are yet to receive the movie treatment, for better or worse.

Some other video game adaptations in various stages of development (including development hell) are:

  • Detective Pikachu 2
  • Silent Hill
  • Duke Nukem
  • Tetris
  • Metro 2033
  • Final Fantasy
  • Super Mario
  • Gears of War
  • Half-Life
  • Mass Effect
  • Call of Duty
  • Just Cause
  • Splinter Cell

Is your favourite game in the works for film or TV? Or do you have a game you’re dying to see adapted for the big screen? Let us know in the comments!

Comments

    • There was originally a Tetris trilogy in the works somewhere. Currently it’s just a single movie about the guy that made it.

      Hopefully Netflix will do a Queen’s Gambit take on Tetris sometime.

    • And is worse for it. He may have created an interesting world in general, but he was not a great writer. The game expanded and improved almost all aspects of the book and lore.

  • I love me some Borderlands, but is it really the right game to make a movie out of?

    Not to mention it’s telling a story that’s already been told. Don’t make a movie that is watching somebody play the game on Youtube. Why not tell a story that happens along side the game or before it.

    Detective Pikachu 2: Sure.
    Silent Hill: Right Director, super creepy and sureal, yes.
    Duke Nukem: It has aged poorly, but it could work. Steroid Addict fights Aliens to save world. But yeah they’ll botch it.
    Tetris: Documentry about it with interviews from game developers, You bet. Anything else? No.
    Metro 2033: Once again, could work. But they’ll botch it, before you can say Directed by Michael Bay.
    Final Fantasy: Previous Experience says no.
    Super Mario: Previous Experience says no.
    Gears of War: Could work, but they’ll screw it up and retell the first game instead of Emergence Day.
    Half-Life: Sounds good on Paper, ends like Doom 2005.
    Mass Effect: The Flame war over Sheppards gender will clense the world of humanity. #NotmySheppard
    Call of Duty: Why? We have War Movies already. Some even have Zombies and/or Nazis.
    Just Cause: Just No.
    Splinter Cell: A Game about sneaking, will be a Movie about Gunfights.

    • Metro is being made by a Russian team with the original author involved. Glukovsky’s been extremely leery about letting anyone mess with his books for a film adaption.

      That doesn’t mean they won’t mess it all up, but at least it’s got a reasonably strong starting point.

  • While Five Nights at Freddies sounds all good, I’m far, far more interested in Willy’s Wonderland starring Nicholas Cage 🙂 Same concept, but… Nicholas Cage 😀

  • The Last of Us has lots of very good story and already well realised and fleshed out characters and world. In fact, I imagine if they were building this for the Mandalorian style holodeck setup I guess they have heaps of models and locations they could start with from the games. If they can cast it right and direct it well… high hopes.

    Hadn’t caught that Fallout was getting done. I’m kinda hoping for a Vault Dweller start – Vault 13 jumpsuit. But there may be rights issues with the older games. Unlikely. They could have a person leaving the vault type story as per Fallout 3. But I think most likely is Fallout 4. That way they can have opening double episode – first just regular life before the war with ominous warnings in background, ending with the bombs dropping. Also I’d like a dog but they still CGI badly. I’d put $100 down on Mr Handy being a character.

  • After seeing Nightfall tv series and Fall of Reach. I’m absolutely not keen for the new halo show. It needs to have a massive budget

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