Could a New Wave of Video Game Movies Turn the Tide For the Genre?

With the release of the recent Hitman movie, Hitman: Agent 47, I thought I would talk a bit about how video game movies can be made better and my hopes for the future of this genre. There are a lot of big video game franchise movies coming out over the next couple of years like Assassins Creed and Metal Gear Solid that might just change people’s minds about the genre if they are pulled off correctly. Let’s take a look at how these movies can improve, both in terms of the movie itself and attracting more movie-watchers to experience these great games.

So there are a few game franchises I would like to single out that I think would translate to movies really well that have already been confirmed! There is an on and off Halo movie project in the works that I would really like to see come to fruition. I’ve already said I think both Assassins Creed and Metal Gear Solid are capable of this, but I would also like to see a really well done Dead Island movie, and the Ratchet and Clank games are close to my heart, so that movie has me excited too. These are just the ones that have been announced for right now.

To get the elephant in the room out of the way, I think we should talk about the fact that video game movies haven’t worked out well for those involved in the past. Notable failures were things like Alone in the Dark, both of the Hitman films (although I have to admit I really liked Agent 47, critics disagree), Street Fighter, Doom and Max Payne. Luckily for the future of these movies, a lot of the failed ones are coming up to being a decade old, and being someone who follows the trends in gaming we all know that it has become more mainstream as time has gone on. More popularity, one would assume, could only lead to bigger actors wanting to get involved with these projects and bigger directors taking on these movies. I feel like we are just about to see the tide turn for video game movies and some of your favourite games could be hitting the big screen… successfully… pretty soon!

Along with it becoming more popular to be a gamer and gaming becoming more accepted as a hobby that everyone does, rather than something seen as nerdy and dorky, there are also those big titles I mentioned previously like Halo and Assassins Creed that could be big hits with the right teams behind them. If this were the case, we could also see an influx of new gamers wanting to experience these huge franchises leading to even better films in the future. It really is a snowball effect!

Really, these are just my thoughts on how I think these video game movies can be improved and built upon in the future. It’s a subject that most gamers are passionate about because a lot of the time if the movies good, it sheds good light upon the game and means more players for the next instalment. It’s a win all around.

I want to hear what you guys think about this. Firstly, if you went to watch Agent 47, did you enjoy it? And what do you think about the wider video game movie subject in general? Should film studios keep trying them out till something sticks? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below!

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