10 Video Games That Should Be Made Into Movies, According To Reddit – Screen Rant
Whether it’s a beloved stealth series, a dense sci-fi epic, or a top-down indie hit, they all bring something cinematically unique to the table.
Video game movies don’t have a great reputation, and because of that, most of them remain in development hell. However, there has been a recent success story, as Bioshock is now being made for Netflix after struggling to get off the ground for 12 years. But there are still so many other games that deserve the same treatment.
Whether movie studios have the licensing rights or not, Redditors think these games deserve the Hollywood movie treatment. Whether it’s a beloved stealth series, a dense sci-fi epic, or a top-down indie hit, they all bring something cinematically unique to the table.
Splinter Cell is one of the most groundbreaking stealth series in video game history, and a movie adaptation has been heavily speculated for years now. SeanWonder notes, “Tom Hardy’s been attached to some Splinter Cell adaptation for a while now I think. Looks like it’s in development hell, maybe.” With the Splinter Cell series having tie-in Tom Clancy novels, there’s a possibility that audiences could see a Splinter Cell movie, but based on the novel instead of the video game and part of a larger franchise.
At the end of 2021’s Without Remorse, which is also based on a Clancy novel, it teases Rainbow Six, so there could be a whole Clancy Cinematic Universe that includes Splinter Cell. However, the video game franchise tells some great stories that the books never did. Double Agent is one of the series’ best video games, which follows Sam Fisher working for both the NSA and a terrorist organization, and it could make for an incredible cat-and-mouse thriller.
It’d be hard to adapt God of War, whether it’s the look of Ares or all of the hacking and slashing, so more than any video game movie, it’d need a more than capable director. But SuperNntendoChlmers think they have the perfect solution. The Redditor wants to see “Zach Snyder directing a God of War movie.”
The user makes a great choice, as though Snyder’s love of CGI and his overly stylish approach might be polarizing, it lends itself well to the video game franchise. And the director loves delving into the deep mythos, whether it’s with the Spartans in 300 or even the Greek gods in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. So not only would a Snyder-directed God of War look the part, but he’d surely throw himself into the lore too.
User Divesh_sam wants to see a Half-Life movie enter production “with either Bryan Cranston or Hugh Laurie playing Gordon Freeman.” While those are spot-on casting choices and the game is an exciting sci-fi horror with an incredible narrative, a few things in the game wouldn’t work well on the big screen.
The world-building in Half-Life is unlike any other, as the history of the Half-Life/Portal world isn’t spoon-fed to players, but it’s instead hidden in the background. Instead of endless exposition, players have to solve clues to understand what happened to the secret icebreaker, The Borealis, and what was inside it, and it still remains a mystery to this day. But as the mystery and the theories are part of the appeal, a movie could ruin that, as it might reveal too much that it’s not exciting anymore. On top of that, Gordon Freeman is a silent protagonist, and a mute lead character in a blockbuster movie simply wouldn’t work.
Though the current state of the western genre isn’t anywhere close to the popularity it reached in the 1950s and 1960s, every now and then, one comes around that takes the world by storm. Whether it’s Django Unchained or True Grit, if it’s done right, a western movie can be an epic, engrossing Academy Award winner, and a Red Dead Redemption game could be exactly that.
Redditor Randomprison notes that “between open-world concept and side missions (and, of course, main story), there would be a lot of material to work with.” If there’s any movie adaptation that can put an end to the video game movie spell and deliver a truly compelling film, it’s Red Dead. The game is a simple tale of revenge, but it’s the characters, the detailed world, and the unique dialogue that makes it so great, which is what gives it the potential to be the best gunslinger movie of all time.
User Tr3c4gaming thinks “Far Cry 3 would be great. Just a group of people on vacation getting in this situation.” While Far Cry 3 is among the best Ubisoft games, a movie adaptation almost feels unnecessary with the existence of Tropic Thunder. Both the video game and Ben Stiller-starring movie follow everymen out of their element who inadvertently finds themselves in the middle of a drug war in the jungle. And though the game isn’t an outright comedy, it is heavily satirical.
However, Far Cry 3 has so many quirks and unique characters that it could stand apart from the 2008 comedy. The reason why the Redditor probably chose the third release instead of any other game in the series is because of Vaas, the terrifying and sadistic antagonist of the game, and he’d make an iconic movie villain too.
There hasn’t just been one movie adaptation of Resident Evil, but several, and it turned into a massively successful billion-dollar movie franchise. However, while the movie series certainly started out as horror, it gradually turned into an action franchise with The Final Chapter simply being a PG-13 popcorn flick.
Now, Jaruz01 wants to see “a movie that rips off the plot of Resident Evil 4. Rescue/zombie/gun-fu movie with campy dialogue.” An adaptation of the fourquel could make for a great and chilling standalone movie, as it’s the best zombie survival horror game of all time. It’d also make for an aesthetically pleasing release too, as the gothic tone and castle locations of the game are so unlike anything found in the film franchise.
2005’s Shadow of the Colossus is one of the most revered games of all time, as it follows Wander who is told by a spirit to kill 16 beasts of the Forbidden Land. Mwmani thinks that, “done as a hand-drawn anime film could be spectacular.” However, just like with Half-Life, it’s what isn’t explained to players that makes it so great.
Maybe Shadow is a sequel to the cult classic Ico, maybe it isn’t. Maybe the Colossi are bad, maybe they’re good. There’s so much mystique to the game that makes it alluring. A movie adaptation of the game could work, especially as an anime, but it’d have to be careful with how much detail about the world is revealed. Either way, there’s no denying how epic the movie has the potential to be.
Bully is one of developer Rockstar’s most underrated IPs and is so much more than simply “Grand Theft Auto in school.” SatansMoisture wants to see a movie adaptation of the game, and it could be a fantastic coming-of-age story. It’d also have such a unique vibe, as it’s set in the spooky fictional town of Bullworth, and no coming-of-age movie has an eerie aesthetic like the one in Bully.
Unfortunately, the Bully series is dormant in more ways than one, as not only do fans want to see a movie adaptation, but players are still waiting for Bully 2. The sequel was in development at Rockstar, part of the open-world had been created, and the original composer had even returned to score the follow-up game. But it looks like it’ll never see the light of day.
The game lacks much of a story, Uncultured_swine2099 thinks Hotline Miami would make a great movie. The Redditor posits, “It would have to be stylish as hell, and have great action scenes. the closest movies to it are Drive and The Guest, so at least we have those.”
A movie adaptation of Hotline Miami would essentially be John Wick in Miami, as the top-down video game sees players shooting non-stop hoards of enemies in the most stylish way. The game already owes a lot to violent, sun-soaked movies like Scarface and Miami Vice, so it could bring that style and tone into the modern-day.
Kane and Lynch follows two guns-for-hire, and the mercenaries travel the world and land wherever they’re paid the most. It could be one of the most exciting, globe-trotting action movies, and it would have been great to see Heat director Michael Mann get his hands on it in his glory days.
User Loose_Low_616 would have loved to have seen a Kane and Lynch movie. However, the Redditor notes that they’re “kinda glad the proposed movie with Jamie Foxx and Bruce Willis never happened, that’s some bizarre casting.” The user is referring to the Deadline report that the actors had signed on to the movie in 2010.
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