July 6, 2007 - As forms of entertainment, movies and games seem as if they should be intransigently linked. However, the ratio of bad movie games and bad game movies seem to say otherwise. It seems nearly impossible to create worthwhile games based on movies and vice versa. While there have been some successful efforts, such as the critically acclaimed Chronicles of Riddick game for the original Xbox or movies like Tomb Raider, Silent Hill, and Mortal Kombat, the vast majority of attempts to cross the genres results in horrible products. However, even with the game/movie curse hovering over most of these projects, gamers and movie goers alike still can't help but speculate on how a translation of their favorite franchise would work.
This week at Cheat Code Central, we discuss what games we'd like to see made into movies or what movies we'd like to see made into games.
D'Marcus Beatty, Co-Site Director
I'm really not much of a movie watcher. I have a few older films that I love, and I have a hard time finding new movies that thrill me like The Usual Suspects or Se7en. I'm the type to occasionally go to the theater, possibly making it two or three times a year. However, there are a few game movies that, if put together properly, might entice me to make a few extra trips to the theater.
I would love to see the Metal Gear Solid Series translated to the big screen. The original MGS is recognized as the game to usher in movie quality, cinematic cutscenes, so it is only fitting that Solid Snake find his way to the big screen one day. Of course, MGS's rich backstory wouldn't be able to make the leap, as the screenwriter would want to introduce Snake and his odd villain gallery to audiences for the first time. However, it would be a crime not to at least mention the Patriots in anything that bore the Metal Gear Solid name.
Since there is actually a MGS film in production, I'll see this wish come true, for better or worse. I think it will be really difficult to capture the feel of Metal Gear Solid, including all of the outrageous, over-the-top characters, but I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.
Maria Montoro, Co-Site Director
No doubt in my mind half the gamers in this world would like to see The Legend of Zelda transformed into a well done, epic movie. The characters of that video game series are so compelling and personable, they would just grab everyone's interest in no time. The story is solid enough that it would just built a magnificent classic tale with all of its required elements: a princess, a hero, swords, a horse, a palace, and much more. It also can be adorned with wonderful environments, overflowing with fantasy elements and mysterious creatures. Also, The Legend of Zelda is probably one of the most popular video game titles ever, along with Super Mario. It started in the eighties and continues with superb video games in today's gaming scene. It wouldn't be difficult to drag all parents, teenagers, and kids alike to watch the movie at the theater and then later buy the DVD (or BlueRay, or HD-DVD). It truly can't get easier than that! Let's do it, Hollywood!
Another one of my video game to movie wishes is actually coming true. The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is being done and will be at the theaters in July of 2009. It's going to be a long wait, but I'm prepared for whatever it takes. I just want to see a good translation of the beautiful scenarios, characters' personalities, the prince's acrobatic abilities, lots of action, and a well drawn out love story. If all of the above are met, I'll be a happy spectator.
Michael Bay, known for directing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and the recent Transformers movie, amongst others, will be the director for this one. I don't know if it's a good or a bad thing, but I'll trust him since many of his movies were actually pretty good (and then others weren't, but we'll just focus on the good ones and be optimistic). What's actually very positive as well is the participation of Jerry Bruckheimer as the Executive Producer; he's done a fantastic job with his CSI series, the excellent Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the inspiring National Treasure movie, and many more.
So all I can do now is wait and hope for the best. I can't wait to find out who's going to interpret the roles of the charming prince of Persia, the passionate and strong-minded Farah, and even the malevolent Vizier. Bets, anyone?
Matthew Walker, Project Coordinator
Movies are addictive. There are several of us that feel we have to charge to the theater to see the latest release starring this actor or actress. As of late, it has been due to the potential of the next great superhero blockbuster. Video games are also addictive, but do not tell the American Medical Association. Therefore, it would seem like an easy pairing for the two to join together in order to make an extraordinary game or movie of the original medium. Alas, it has only very rarely been the case. Unfortunately, more often than not, we are subjected to less than playable games based off successful movies or horrendous rendition of the games we have loved turned into film. I do, however, like most, have a few ideas of what I would like to see as a film based from a game, that could hopefully lift the curse known as The Movie-Game curse of Hollywood.
First, I think we should just say that unless there is an exceptional idea of a movie that would translate well into the video game medium, we put a stop to turning movies into games. Now as far as games go, that is a different story all together. For example, The Legend of Zelda would make a phenomenal movie. The main reason is that the core story for all of the games generally surround a young boy rescuing the princess from the great evil threatening the world they live in. This formula has been repeated time and time again in film history. The thing about the Zelda movie is that it would hinge on the acting abilities of the stars playing Link and Zelda, first and foremost. Gannon is easy to cast. With the cool collective demeanor he has and his thoughts of domination, Ron Pearlman is the star choice for me. He has proven repeatedly that his acting chops are spread throughout the spectrum of acting capabilities. Plus, he has no problem adding a few layers of makeup on to make the characters more believable. So there we have the villain locked up tight.
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