There are constant rumours and dashed hopes within the world of video game-to-movie adaptations, with news that the Uncharted movie recently lost another director.
Despite the bad news (or good news, depending on how you see it), there are a few films that are set for release within the near future, set to bring some of our favourite gaming characters to the silver-screen.
Resident Evil 5: Retribution
It’s pretty crazy to think that we’ve already had four Resident Evil movies since the release of the first one in 2002, and even though many may have thought it was impossible to follow-up “Extinction”, the clever subtitle-guys in Hollywood came up with “Retribution”.
The fifth movie in the series is on the way this September and set to fully flesh-out the Resident Evil universe by bringing back a number of main characters, as well as introducing some new ones.
Alice (Milla Jovovich) will make her return, along with Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), Rain Ocampo (Michelle Rodriguez), and Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts) to name a few, along with Ada Wong (Li Bingbing) and Leon S. Kennedy (Johann Urb) making their big-screen debuts.
The premise surrounds the global spread of Umbrella’s T-Virus, and Alice’s resolution to hunt down and kill those responsible, once and for all.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
While not a monumental hit, the first Silent Hill movie was appreciated by fans for sticking to the source material and delivering a frightening live-action portrayal of the uber-creepy town.
The long-awaited sequel is now on its way, set for an October release.
Based on the third game, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D will follow Heather Mason, who discovers that she isn’t who she thought she was, then finds herself pulled into the town/alternate dimension of Silent Hill.
Mortal Kombat (2013)
Some of you may remember Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, director Kevin Tancharoen’s small indie short (starring Michael Jai White) which was released on YouTube and impressed everybody who cared to press play.
Gamers weren’t the only ones impressed, as Warner Bros. were blown away when the short was pitched to them. Warner Bros. asked Tancharoen for a 10-episode web series, which became known as Mortal Kombat: Legacy that ran online throughout last year.
Once again, the series got a great reception and gave Warner Brothers the confidence to hand Kevin Tancharoen the director’s chair for the upcoming live-action Mortal Kombat reboot, which is being written by Oren Uziel.
Tomb Raider reboot (2013)
A new Tomb Raider film hasn’t entered full-fledged production, but it’s an inevitability.
The first two movies, starring Angelina Jolie, were successful enough to easily warrant more sequels, and it’s a franchise that hasn’t seen the last of the movie world.
GK Films acquired the rights to reboot the franchise on the big-screen, with Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Cowboys and Aliens) on-board to pen the script, and Olivia Wilde rumoured as the new Ms. Croft.
With Tomb Raider also getting a much-needed video game reboot next year, expect to hear a lot more regarding the next Tomb Raider movie.