By Chris Campo
Video games are a special type of entertainment. Where a movie allows you to see a whole new world through a looking glass, video games give you the opportunity to live in whole new worlds. Why hasn't the video game world successfully merged with the film world...and will it ever? With comic book movie fatigue very slowly creeping up on some movie goers, Hollywood may need a new point to jump off of. Can films based on video games take over the movie industry like comic book films have? I think so, and here's why.
The gaming audience is huge. I think Hollywood gets that. There's already been countless video game adaptations, including the likes of 'Super Mario Bros', 'Hitman', 'Mortal Kombat', Tomb Raider' and 'Resident Evil', just to name a few. And yes, some of these films made a decent earning at the box office, but the thing is, pretty much all video game adaptations have one thing in common: they absolutely suck. Why cant anyone get it right? What's missing? Has that one home run of a movie based on a video game just not been made yet?
This year we have two video game based movies hitting theaters, 'Warcraft' and 'Assassin's Creed'. Both of these films have amazing talent behind them, and while I can't guarantee that these films will be good, I do think they have the potential to blow up. In my opinion, the Warcraft trailer was so damn good. With Duncan Jones (Source Code) behind the camera it's just too hard to see this not being well made. As for Assassin's Creed, we don't yet have a trailer, but the synopsis and pictures of Michael Fassbender are more than promising.
So what happens if even one of these are a critical and financial hit? Well, we would have get used to the video game movies. I see these movies, Warcraft and Assassin's Creed, as experiments for the studios. Sure, theres already more video game adaptations slated to come out over the years, most notably Sony's Uncharted, but if Warcraft or Assassin's Creed takes off, expect tons of announcements of upcoming video game adaptations. God of War, Call of Duty; You name it, it'll eventually be on the big screen.
Video game adaptations wont take off though, because Hollywood, as I've already said, have tried too many times, right? Well, look at comic book movies. Before maybe Bryan Singer's 'X-Men', comic book films were garbage. Actually, Christopher Nolan's 'Batman Begins' is what I would consider the jumping off point into really taking comic books films seriously. Even after X-Men there was still trashy super hero movies coming out. Look what they have become today, with every single one guaranteed to be a hit because Hollywood took the idea and ran with it.
Hollywood will run with video game movies, but we just need that one film to win everyone over. It's coming, whether you like it or not. Video game movies are coming. The demand may not quite be here yet, and thats okay. Give time for video game films to find their footing, then expect the new Hollywood craze.