The films that video game enthusiasts love to watch will mostly be adventurous and thrilling like the games they play. Many video games have been adapted into movies, given how thrilling and popular the games were. Here are seven games that were adapted into movies and received huge acceptance from fans around the world.
The 2007 action thriller film, directed by Xavier Gens and written by Skip Woods, is based on the popular stealth video game series of the same name developed by the Danish company IO Interactive. The movie follows Agent 47, a professional hitman engineered by the group known as “The Organization” to be an assassin. The film stars Dougray Scott as Agent 47 alongside Timothy Olyphant, Olga Kurylenko, Robert Knepper, Ulrich Thomsen, and Michael Offei. The movie produced by 20th Century Fox, with actor Vin Diesel as executive producer was a huge financial success, grossing $101.3 million against a $24 million budget.
This 2008 neo-noir action thriller film written by Beau Thorne and directed by John Moore is an adaptation of the third-person shooter video game series of the same name. The game series written by Sam Lake and developed by Remedy Entertainment is named after its protagonist, Max Payne, a New York City police detective who turns into a vigilante after his family is killed by drug dealers. The film, starring Mark Wahlberg in the title role as Max Payne, Mila Kunis as Mona Sax, Ludacris as Jim Bravura, and Beau Bridges as BB Hensley, is a revenge saga of a policeman as he travels through New York City’s criminal underworld, for investigating the deaths of his wife and child.
The 2016 American action fantasy film, directed by Duncan Jones and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones, is adapted from the video game series of the same name created by Blizzard Entertainment. Warcraft is one of the highest-grossing video game franchises of all time, having grossed $11.2 billion in lifetime revenue, as of 2018. The film starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, and Daniel Wu is set in various locations established in the video game series and revolves around the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs. The film is the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time, grossing $439 million worldwide.
This 1994 Japanese-American action film, written and directed by Steven E. de Souza, is adapted from the fighting video game franchise of the same name developed and published by Capcom. The game, designed by Takashi Nishiyama and Hiroshi Matsumoto, debuted in arcades in 1987. The game lets the player play as martial artist Ryu as he competes in an international martial arts tournament spanning five countries and 10 opponents. The film, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia with Byron Mann, Damian Chapa, Kylie Minogue, Ming-Na Wen and Wes Studi in supporting roles, was inspired from the plot of Street Fighter II: The World Warrior game. The film was a huge success and the worldwide box office grossed approximately three times its production costs.
Need for Speed
This 2014 sports action thriller film, directed and co-edited by Scott Waugh and written by George and John Gatins, is adapted from the racing video game franchise of the same name published by Electronic Arts. The game is based on illicit street racing in which players get to complete various types of races by escaping the local law enforcement. The film starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Ramón Rodríguez, Rami Malek, and Michael Keaton, is the story of street racer Tobey Marshall, who sets off to race cross-country to take avenge his friend’s death by rival racer, Dino Brewster. The film which was released on March 14, 2014, by Touchstone Pictures in 3D, IMAX 3D, and conventional theatres grossed $203 million worldwide against a $66 million budget.
This 2019 urban fantasy mystery film, directed by Rob Letterman and based on the Pokémon franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri, is loosely based on the adventure game of the same name developed by Creatures Inc., published by The Pokémon Company, and distributed by Nintendo. The adventure spin-off game is different from previous Pokémon role-playing games, as it revolves around narrative storytelling, with a presentation comparable to the Pokémon anime series. The film was written by Letterman, Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit and Derek Connolly, from a story by Hernandez, Samit and Nicole Perlman. The film produced by Legendary Pictures in association with Toho was the first live-action Pokémon film. The film revolves around an aspiring trainer Tim Goodman and the titular character Pokémon as they attempt to uncover the mystery of Tim’s father Harry’s disappearance.
The Angry Birds
The 2016 computer-animated comedy film Angry Birds, directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly in their directorial debut, is based on Rovio Entertainment’s casual puzzle video game of the same name. The game was primarily inspired from a sketch of stylized wingless birds, which was first released for iOS and Maemo devices in December 2009. The huge popularity of the game on the iOS App Store led to the launch of its versions for Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry 10 devices. The film, written by Jon Vitti and produced by Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation, is the fourth highest-grossing video game film of all-time both worldwide.