Today, I saw a thing on Facebook that told about how 20th Century Fox plans to make a movie called Hitman: Agent 47. If you can't guess from the title, the movie is based on Hitman, a video game franchise based around stealth where you play as Agent 47, a genetically cloned assassin-for-hire. Now, I've never played any of the Hitman games, but I've heard enough about video game movies to have fear for this movie idea. As most gamers should already know, most film adaptations of video games usually end up shittier than the Great Mighty Poo himself. Hollywood seems to have a natural talent of taking a beloved video game franchise and completely butchering it to the point where fans of the series would rather forget the movie efer existed. Now, I'm not saying ALL video game movies are terrible; there are a few exceptions that people actually like, such as Silent Hil, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and Prince of Persia: Sand of Time, but I can't agree or disagree due to never seeing them. Sadly, for the most part, movie adaptations of video games end up failing miserably, usually for butchering the source material so hard that it would make Michael Bay look like a Renaissance master! Yeah, it's THAT bad.
It's a real shame too, as I have been a gamer since childhood, and I'd love to see more movies based on video games that didn't suck! I mean, if people can make decent cartoons based on videos like the Super Mario Bros Super Show, Donkey Kong Country, and even a cartoon based on Mortal Kombat, then it shouldn't be too hard to make a decent movie! Sadly, most video games aren't even that suitable for movie format, but they made movies in order to capitalize on their hype. Hell, Mario himself got a movie back in the 90s, and it even had Dennis Hopper in it! Sadly, it ended up being a mess that even Bob Hoskins (of Roger Rabbit fame) and John Leguizamo (Sid the fuckin' Sloth! :3) could save. And that doesn't even scratch the surface. Mortal Kombat, Dead or Alive, House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, Bloodrayne, Street Fighter... All good video game franchises that got poor movie adaptations. Maybe it's cuz the majority of video game movies are live-action, meaning the lose the charm of their video game heritages, but that's just my personal thought of why they suck.
But I actually have a feeling that we can only go up from here. With the rise of computer animation still holding strong, we have a chance of move video game movies actually using the art style of the games they're based on. I mean, look at the trailers of the upcoming movies based on Sly Cooper and Ratchet & Clank. Hell, for those movies, they even got the voice actors from the games to do their roles in them! And I've recently learned plans for movies based on Angry Birds, Warcraft, Metal Gear Solid, and Sonic the Hedgehog. While some of them seem like weird choices (like how Sony plans to make their Sonic movie a CGI-live action hybrid; makes me fear they'll make Eggman uglier than his '06 incarnation), there is still a chance for a video game movie to at least be decent. We have the talent. We have the technology. We have the motivation. We just need the brains to do it right.
I'm sure my rant will not convince you, so I took the liberty of linking an article explaining why video game movies seem to be so bad. Read it if you want to be informed on why there should be a chance to do it right. wallstcheatsheet.com/entertain…
EDIT:: Was just reminded that most horrible video game movies were directed by Uwe Boll, who made such "astounding" adaptations of games like Bloodrayne, Alone in the Dark, Dungeon Siege, and even Far Cry. And speaking of Far Cry, I bet if ol' Vaas saw any of Boll's movies, he'd know a more accurate definition of insanity...