author: Marek Jura
15 Games That NEED to Become Movies
Hollywood often takes advantage of the most popular gaming brands. This happened in the case of Super Mario, Tomb Raider or, more recently, Uncharted. But there are still many more titles with huge potential waiting to become movies.
What greatly complicates the matter of turning games into movies are mostly two things: copyrights, and the toxic fandoms that often don't understand that it's impossible to translate their favorite game into a movie with perfect fidelity, if only because a movie has to be much shorter, and the audiences don't really tolerate alternate endings. But still, at least a few famous games are practically begging to be turned into great, original and – perhaps most importantly for Hollywood studios – financially successful film adaptations. Resident Evil, Silent Hill or recently The Last of Us have shown that it is possible, and the times when parodies of great games directed by Uwe Boll were made for pennies are hopefully not coming back.
- Game genre: hack&slash
- Movie/TV genre: dark fantasy
- Potential creators: David Cronenberg
- Is a movie actually being made? Possibly, but for 3 years no details about the production have leaked
- How long it's been waiting: more than 26 years
Diablo is one of the immortal titles known even to those who have no idea what Skyrim or Hogwarts Legacy is, and which are still played after 26 years. Since then, many add-ons, DLCs and, of course, full-fledged sequels have been released, and one of the most interesting entries in the cycle should be Diablo 4, due to be released in June this year. Because even if the game is about endless hacking and slashing of hordes of hellish creatures, the stunning setting and lore make it extremely engrossing.
A few years ago, Blizzard registered the Diablo trademark as a movie/online series brand. But for the studio, the filming of Overwatch may seem more urgent. Besides, Blizzard may still lament the financial flop that Warcraft turned out to be, and may be little afraid to risk big money again (otherwise, you can always hire Uwe Boll, right...?).
The perfet director for this task seems to be David Cronenberg, returning to the cinema after a long break. The author of Naked Lunch or The Fly is not afraid of portraying the ugliest things in the world (and even in hell). Players would surely be happy with his vision, even if there was less chopping in it than in the bland part three.