When Video Games Inspire Cinema

It Becomes more and more Frequent that Video Games Leave the Living Room of the Gamers to be Adapted in the Cinema

May 30th, 2016

After Angry Birds in the beginning on May, this week sees the famous video games franchise Warcraft being adapted on the silver screen. The passage from video games to cinema is a real trend that benefits to both mediums.

Ratchet & Clank, Angry Birds and Warcraft. In 2016, already movies directly adapted from video games opened in theaters. And it can only be the beginning, the mobile game Fruit Ninja will be brought to cinema by Vinson Films. Adapting video games into movies started in the early 2000s, when the Tomb Raider franchise was made into a movie starring Angelina Jolie.

What is new though is the type of video games that are adapted. Tomb Raider or Resident Evil were video games franchises at the top of their popularity at the moment they became movies. But in the case of Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja those are games that have known their popularity peak already a few years ago and have very little narrative contents. It seems that making a movie out of those video games is mostly a way to revive a slowing down franchise.

On the other hand, the upcoming adaptation of the Assassin’s Creed video games answers another logic. Starring two famous actors, Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender, the movie will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. The movie based on the famous franchise of the French editor Ubisoft will allow the editor to put a first foot in the movie industry and the distributor to benefit of a well-known franchise for a much lower cost than for “classical” superheroes, such as Marvel’s.

Films adapted from video games often have a bad reputation. Sometimes, it is simply because the movie is bad. But it can also be because of the person commenting on the movie. Video game fans will take under consideration if the movie reflects the video game, while the journalists will judge the esthetic and cinematographic qualities of the movie.


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Gaspard Fontaine, CD News