From Console to Cinema


By Jess Goulart

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Gamers everywhere rejoice!

Following the box office success of films based on comic books, the next Hollywood trend is optioning popular video games for the silver screen (though this has been done previously with successful franchises like Resident Evil). Check out BTR’s top five upcoming video game inspired movies.

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Tetris: The Movie

Threshold Entertainment and The Tetris Company are bringing you this sweeping sci-fi epic (whatever that means). Greg Miller at IGN predicts aliens battling humans for Earth’s future, their omnipotent computer systems accessible only by way of a Tetris-esque hack. He also predicts a flop, and so do we. No set release date or cast, but it’s in pre-production.

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Assassin’s Creed

The film follows essentially the same plot line as Ubisoft’s massively popular series: a bartender is captured by a corporation and forced into a machine that allows him to live through his ancestors, all of whom were assassins. Distributor 20th Century Fox is aiming for a 2016 release date, and though further production details are scant, we do know it stars Michael Fassbender, and thus we are excited.

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The Last of Us

This game is ranked #1 on Empire’s “Greatest Games of All Time,” and for good reason. No cast is yet announced, but Screen Gems and Sam Raimi are at the helm, the studio and director responsible for the original Evil Dead series. At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Raimi said, “it’s gonna be a great character story, a great love story and a great horror film.” Game creator Neil Druckmann will be penning the screenplay, which is heartening since anyone who has played the game will tell you the story is the best part… aside from all the rest of it.

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The cult classic game was optioned for film in 2008, with Universal financing and Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verrbinski set to direct, but the project was scrubbed after parties endlessly disputed budget and a potential R-rating. However, Gamespot just reported that Sony Pictures purchased a few telling domain names as of April (,, hopefully indicating a re-vamp. Fans will look forward to the eerie, atmospheric underwater colony of Rapture being brought to life, not to mention the crazed denizens running amok within it. Hey guys, push it through this time, thank ya kindly!


Naughty Dog’s series is already hailed as one of the most cinematic games of all time, so a move to film seems natural. The King of Kong’s Seth Gordon is the film’s third director, but it looks like this one is sticking, since Sony Pictures just announced a June 10, 2016, release date. No casting decisions have been officially released, but rumor has it Mark Wahlberg is being wooed for the iconic role of Nathan Drake. Forbes reported names like Bradley Cooper and Ryan Reynolds are being bandied about as well.

And last but not least…

Final Fantasy VII

No, just kidding, but we can dream.