49 Video Game Movies Currently in Development

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6/2/2016 at 7:30AM

Wondering if your favorite video game is being turned in a movie? Well, chances are it probably is!

In the years since Den of Geek first sprung into existence, we’ve consistently kept an eye on the video games that have been touted for the big screen treatment. We’ve tried to list them all in a big article a few times before, and it feels like the time has come to pull a new version together.

Out of the hundreds of thousands of films in the world currently in development, a large number of them serve as adaptations for (mostly) successful video games and video game franchises. Some have been seen on our screens before either via a previous adaptation or television series, while some are just getting their first shot on the big screen.

Whichever category they fall into, they still have to navigate their way through the difficult world of filmmaking, with many of them inevitably forever damned to development hell. The following are just a few of these adaptations hoping to someday become a success.

Assassin’s Creed - Dec. 21, 2016 

Ubisoft’s historical action adventure series is another videogame property that has made it all the way through the movie development process. Ubisoft have teamed with 20th Century Fox, New Regency, and a few other companies to get this one off the ground.

They’ve assembled an impressive cast and crew, too – Michael Fassbender will star as Callum Lynch, a modern day man who discovers he has an assassin for an ancestor. Callum relives his predecessor’s memories, to help bring down a big threat in his own time. Fassbender’s Macbeth director Justin Kurzel calls the shots, and his Macbeth co-star Marion Cotillard plays an unknown role.

Assassin's Creed 2 - TBA

The first film isn’t out until this coming December, but Ubisoft and New Regency aren’t wasting time, and work is underway on Assassin’s Creed 2.

The sequel will see Michael Fassbender back on board in the starring role, and presumably he’ll be producing again as well. It’s unclear at this stage whether director Justin Kurzel will be returning as well, but then maybe they’re letting him finish the first movie before making him decide.

The news of a second Assassin’s Creed film comes at a point where the videogame series that it’s based on is actually struggling a bit. For the past few years, Assassin’s Creed games have been released annually. Yet following the middling reception for the last couple of adventures, the decision has been made to skip this year, and possibly move away from an annual Assassin’s Creed game release altogether. The films may be helping in the intervening years, then.

Asteroids movie

Asteroids - TBA

In 2009, Universal acquired the rights to vintage blaster Asteroids. Very little has been released about this title other than Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the producer of Transformers and the GI Joe series, being involved. What story would this film have? Two years ago we had no idea, and today is the just the same. It looks to us that this one may be stuck in development hell. Bonaventura most recently told IGN in 2009 that it is a movie about two brothers who go through a "seminal experience" while in space with a "big backdrop."

In Feb. 2015, Universal hired F. Scot Frazier – writer of upcoming Nicholas Hoult driving thriller Collide – to rework the existing script.

Roland Emmerich was once linked to the director’s chair, but seemingly stepped away around 2011. The shooting-rocks-and-nothing-else structure of Asteroids doesn’t immediately lend itself to moviemaking, but once you imagine what it’d be like to actually have that menial-yet-spacefaring job, it’s easier to imagine a few different takes. Fingers crossed for a dark comedy version.

BioShock movie concept art

BioShock - TBA

Now an even bigger franchise since the release of Bioshock Infinite, Bioshock seems an interesting yet natural progression for this award-winning collection of stunning games. Pirates of the Caribbean’s Gore Verbinski was set to direct before he dropped out.

Universal were wary of spending too much on an adult-themed movie, and suggested a less expensive, $80 million version of Bioshock instead. Verbinski refused to accept a lower budget, so a new director was brought in and swiftly carted back out again. Verbinski went on to have his carte blanche film in 2013's The Lone Ranger. As of today the project has, disappointingly, been canned - by none other than Bioshock's creator, Ken Levine.

"It may happen one day, who knows," Levine said of the stalled project, "but it'd have to be the right combination of people."

In April 2014, though, Sony registered some BioShock movie web domains, so it looks to be back in development, although we don't have an official greenlight.

Borderlands - TBA

Not to be confused with the 2013 horror film The Borderlands, a movie based on Gearbox and Take-Two’s immensely popular sci-fi game Borderlands recently went into development. Lionsgate will be the studio taking us to the abandoned-by-the-big-wigs frontier planet of Pandora.

They’ve recruited producers Avi Arad and his son Ari Arad, both of whom were involved in initially bringing Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the X-Men to the big screen. We’ve got high hopes.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Call of Duty Cinematic Universe - TBA

Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty games are massive money-spinners with a fervent fan-base. It’s surprising that we haven’t already seen a film version. This will be amended soon enough – Activision Blizzard has launched its own film studio, with a Call of Duty cinematic universe as their biggest goal.

We don’t know who the creative team will be, and we don’t know when the first film will come out. One thing we do know is that the official press release announcing Activision’s movie plans cited Advanced Warfare and Black Ops III as examples of the series’ cinematic potential.

Centipede - TBA

That’s right, Centipede and Missile Command, the Atari ‘80s arcade shooter games, are getting adapted into feature films. Deadline reports that Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has made a deal with Atari to produce and finance the adaptations.

In a statement about the projects, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said he was “thrilled to partner with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films to develop feature films based on two of our most beloved titles. Centipede and Missile Command are part of Atari’s unparalleled and rich library of popular games and we cannot wait to see the movies come to life.”

The movies will be produced by Randall Emmett and George Furla (Lone Survivor). Emmett described the properties as “immensely popular titles have been enjoyed by generations of gamers worldwide. We look forward to a very successful partnership Command and to bringing Centipede and Missile Command to the big screen.”

Atari, Stephen Belafonte, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones will executive produce the films, but there is currently no word on directors or writers for the projects.

Dead Rising 2

Dead Rising: Watchtower 2 - Spring 2016

Dead Rising: Watchtower is a video game movie that already exists. The adaptation of Capcom’s open world zombie survival game was released online earlier this year, to a middling reception.

Still, online distributor Crackle saw enough promise to green light a sequel. Dead Rising: Watchtower 2 is now in development, for a 2016 release. We’d expect Jesse Metcalfe to return as reporter Chase Carter.


Deus Ex - TBA

Originally announced in 2002, Deus Ex was scheduled for release in 2006, only to be completely cancelled two years before. Not much has been heard since, except that it is going through rewrites and it is still alive as a movie adaptation of Square Enix’s universally acclaimed cyberpunk title Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

CBS films had snapped up Scott Derrickson to direct the film adaptation of Human Revolution. His CV includes Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and he’s currently working on Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios. That may yet mean he has to pass on Deus Ex...

Devil May Cry - TBA

In 2011, the company that gained great success with the Resident Evil franchise, Screen Gems, announced the plans for a Devil May Cry movie. Little has been revealed about this plan other than it will be an origin story with the original character style. It still has no known writers or director. Bummer.

The Division - TBA

Ubisoft now has plans to adapt another of its hit videogames: The Division, the online shooter-RPG hybrid which came out in March.

According to Variety, Jake Gyllenhaal has signed up to star in the adaptation and will also produce, which makes it the actor's second game-to-film project to date -- he previously starred in Disney's tepid Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time in 2010.

A writer and director are still being sought for The Division, although the game's premise is a solid basis for an action thriller: set in a wintry Manhattan beset by a deadly pandemic, it's about a small group of agents whose job is to restore order and seek out the cause of the outbreak. The dark and violent concept could be really effective in the hands of the right filmmakers.


Far Cry - TBA

Uwe Boll may have done his very damnedest to break any chance of a compelling Far Cry movie being made with his own unique take on the material, but Ubisoft is coming back around for another go. This time, it's looking to invest more heavily and retain a greater degree of creative control over the film. It would be no understatement—as much as Mr Boll brings a smile to our faces—to suggest that's a good idea. 

Five Nights at Freddy's - TBA

Scott Cawthon’s intensely frightening point-and-click survival game Five Nights at Freddy’s has been picked up by Warner Bros. for a filmic adaptation. We’ll get to see a security guard fighting animatronic animals on the big screen, it would seem.

Monster House director Gil Kenan is helming the film version, which will use practical effects to bring the creepy robotic inhabitants of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza to life. He’s been releasing teasing glimpses of the film on social media, which has us rather intrigued.

Fruit Ninja - TBA

Fruit Ninja is coming to the big screen. Now you can watch as someone wildly makes a fruit salad out of miles of digital celluloid. In anticipation of the all popcorn crumbsAngry Birds will be leaving in the aisles, Tripp Vinson announced it will produce a feature film treatment of the  mobile app Fruit Ninja.

The addictive game already spawned a live action version from a YouTuber named ScottDW but this one will drop from Vinson Films. The screenplay is being typed right now by JP Lavin and Chad Damiani, who adapted the book How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.

Fruit Ninja is the second top-selling iOS game ever. It has had over one billion downloads since it was introduced in 2010 and is now ready to be made as a live-action comedy the whole family can enjoy. Oh they’re keeping details on the plot very secret. There are so many things you can do with apples and oranges, swords and bombs.

The movie will be executive produced by Sam White and Tara Farney.


Gears of War - TBA

Gears Of War is stuck in development hell. New directors have been constantly reappointed and the $100 million budget reduced. It has been a while since we last heard any update on the Gears of War movie, and the last update we received came via Variety which announced that Scott Stuber been hired to produce. It doesn’t look promising.

Previously, Stuart Beattie (who created Jack Sparrow and went on to write 30 Days of Night, GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, and I, Frankenstein) was drafting a script as late as 2007 with Len Wiseman, fresh off the first two Underworld films and Live Free or Die Hard, attached to direct. And while the quality of that movie would have been highly suspect, the thought of Kate Beckinsale (Wiseman's wife and muse) crashing the franchise's boy's club mentality is quite amusing.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Ghost Recon - TBA

On the Tom Clancy and Ubisoft side of things, there is movement at Warner Bros. with the parterning of Michael Bay, director of Transformers and producer on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to produce a Ghost Recon movie. The story of a fictional U.S. Special Forces division that operates as the U.S. President's personal army and assassination squad, the picture will mark Bay's first collaboration with WB.

WB and Bay have since tapped Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia to pen the screenplay. Federman and Scaia are still primarily TV writers who have worked on Jericho, Human Target, and Warehouse 13. Federman and Scaia have also previously collaborated on a Zorro reboot script that Sony has yet to film and a draft of the now-seemingly-doomed film version of the comic Y: The Last Man. They’ll be hoping that their Ghost Recon film doesn’t go the same way, but with someone as lucrative as Michael Bay interested, it’s hard to imagine Warners giving up on the idea.


God of War - TBA

God Of War was originally announced in 2005 after the game's release, but was dropped four years later by X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner (who has since made his swords and sandal epic with Dwayne Johnson in this summer's Hercules). Daniel Craig turned down the lead role and that seemed to be the end of it. However, Piranha 3DD and Saw IV writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton were hired to rewrite a draft by The Wolfman screenwriter David Self. They have since said in February 2014 that the film will hopefully strive to humanize the character of Kratos and focus on his backstory, making comparisons to Christopher Nolan and Batman, as they head in a "bolder" direction than that of the games. But the film has moved no further than this, and there's still with no director even though a $150 million budget has been earmarked. Can it be done?

Gran Turismo - TBA

There was a time where EA’s Need for Speed game and Polyphony/Sony’s Gran Turismo were both in development for film adaptations at the same time. As you already know, EA won the race by miles and the Need for Speed film has already made it to cinemas.

Sony are pushing on with their Gran Turismo movie regardless, with Oblivion and Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski calling the shots. Red, Battleship, and The Last Witch Hunter scribes Jon Hoeber and Eric Hoeber are working on the scripts currently. The film is being guided by producers Dana Brunetti and Mike De Luca.

Half-Life - TBA

While promoting his latest production, 10 Cloverfield Lanewhich is very good by the way, J.J. Abrams gave IGN an update about Bad Robot's upcoming Half-Life movie. It's not much of an update and even Abrams says so.

"We've got writers, and we're working on both those stories. But nothing that would be an exciting update," says Abrams, who's set to produce both films. He didn't reveal who the writers were, though.  

Meanwhile, the Half-Life movie, which was first announced by Valve head Gabe Newell at DICE 2013, has proven to be as elusive as the games themselves. Since the film's announcement, there hadn't been any additional information until now. We assumed it was burning in development hell. Glad to see that's not the case. 


Halo – TBA

It was announced in 2005 that Peter Jackson was set to produce a Halo film adaptation, helmed by director Neill Blomkamp. After numerous script rewrites and the stopping and starting of preproduction, the project was declared dead two years later. The two directors later collaborated on District 9, and in spite of occasional discussions and rumors that spring up, the Halo movie seems stuck in development hell, where it's likely to remain for some time to come.


Heavy Rain - TBA

Noir masterpiece Heavy Rain seems naturally cinematic on its own, but a film adaptation is in fact in the works. The rights were acquired by New Line days after the game’s demo at 2006’s E3 and sold at auction to production company Unique Features. The film was soon after fast tracked by WB, and NYPD Blue and Deadwood writer David Milch was hired to write the script in 2013. Little else has been released about the film since then.


Kane & Lynch - TBA

It was initially planned for an adaptation of the Kane & Lynch series to burst onto our screens in 2014, originally set to star Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx respectively, but this doesn't appear to be the case since we received an update in November 2013 which suggested Gerard Butler and Vin Diesel were up for the parts. Saturday Night Live’s Jon Lovitz was rumored to star in a mystery role, but as of right now the release date has been set to "unknown," and the two lead roles are still unconfirmed. 

The Last Of Us

The Last of Us - TBA

Although some would argue that the game is cinematic enough in of itself, Sony subsidiary Screen Gems (the company behind the Resident Evil film franchise) are currently working hard on bringing Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us to the big screen.

Sam Raimi is on board as a producer, while the game’s writer, Neil Druckmann, is working on the screenplay. (Druckman also penned the Uncharted series). Druckmann gave an update in January 2015, insisting that his screenplay would be "pretty faithful" to his original game script, despite a few "big changes."

Maisie Williams has apparently had meetings about playing the lead character, Ellie. 

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect - TBA

The sprawling sci-fi franchise that is BioWare’s Mass Effect saga seems tailor-made for adaptation into a cinematic space opera. It’s no surprise, then, that Legendary and Warner Bros. have snapped up the rights.

Avi Arad is board as a producer, and Mark Protsevich worked on a script back in 2012. However, in March 2014, Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull revealed that getting the film’s story nailed down and ready for production wasn’t easy:

“I think the canon they've created is sophisticated,” he told IGN. "It's very broad, meaning you can't pitch that in 30 seconds, right? It's a complex story. So it is challenging. If it wasn't challenging, the movie would have been out by now, but it is. We've just got to stick to our guns that, if it's a movie that's going to come from us, we want it to be great. If we can't crack that yet then we just have to keep working.”


Metal Gear Solid - TBA

Metal Gear Solid has had one of the longest movie adaptation gestation periods on this list. A Metal Gear Solid film adaptation was put into pre-production in late 2013 after six years of development. With supposed interest from Christian Bale, all we know is that the film will be set in Alaska. We received an exclusive update in April 2014 on the movie's progress from producer Avi Arad, who previously produced the Marvel films of the 2000s and The Amazing Spider-Man films.

Various writers, producers and directors (notably Quentin Tarantino, Kurt Wimmer and Paul Thomas Anderson) have been linked to the production over the year. In 2014, The Kings of Summer and Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts was linked to the movie. In March 2015, Monsters: Dark Continent writer Jay Basu signed up to script the film.

Metro 2033 - TBA

The first-person shooter Metro 2033—itself based on a novel of the same name by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky—is heading to the movies. The filmmakers will apparently use Mad Max and The Hunger Games as inspirations while adapting the Metro 2033 story (all about a Russian post-apocalyptic underground wasteland, and the chap who dares to wander through it). F. Scott Frasier, who penned John Cusack action movie The Numbers Station, is working on the script.

Missile Command - TBA

That’s right, Centipede and Missile Command, the Atari ‘80s arcade shooter games, are getting adapted into feature films. Deadline reports that Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has made a deal with Atari to produce and finance the adaptations.

In a statement about the projects, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said he was “thrilled to partner with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films to develop feature films based on two of our most beloved titles. Centipede and Missile Command are part of Atari’s unparalleled and rich library of popular games and we cannot wait to see the movies come to life.”

The movies will be produced by Randall Emmett and George Furla (Lone Survivor). Emmett described the properties as “immensely popular titles have been enjoyed by generations of gamers worldwide. We look forward to a very successful partnership Command and to bringing Centipede and Missile Command to the big screen.”

Atari, Stephen Belafonte, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones will executive produce the films, but there is currently no word on directors or writers for the projects.


Mortal Kombat - TBA

In 1995, we saw a Mortal Kombat adaptation and in 1997 a sequel. In 2011, Warner Bros hired Kevin Tancharoen – who rose to directorial prominence with the 2010 short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, and has since worked on Mortal Kombat’s TV series, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Supergirl, and The Flash – to direct a rebooted Mortal Kombat movie. It was reported in 2013 that the movie will have a budget of $40 to $50 million.

By 2013, though, Tancharoen had quit the project to "move on to other creative opportunities." That didn’t spell doom for the film, though, as James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring, Furious 7, and the upcoming Aquaman) recently signed up as a producer.

Minecraft - 2016/2017

A movie adaptation of Mojang’s massive building game Minecraft has been touted for some time. Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy was linked for a while, with unconfirmed talk suggesting that the movie might be a live action adventure, rather than an animation.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s co-creator Rob McElhenney took Levy’s place in 2015, and he’s now working with producers Roy Lee (The LEGO Movie) and Jill Messick (Mean Girls) to get the film off the ground.

Nintendo Movie - TBA

It looks like Nintendo might be setting their sights on the film industry, according to a new interview with Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima that appears in the Asahi Shimbun. Kyle McLain has translated some of the article’s main points on Twitter, such as how the Japanese games company will be “partnering with multiple production studios around the world,” while still aiming to “do as much as we can ourselves.”

Serkan Toto, CEO of the Tokyo-based Kantan Games, has shed some further light on Twitter regarding Kimishima’s comments on Nintendo’s future movie plans. According to Toto, the movies would likely be somewhat anime-based, with Kimishima citing the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie as “the reason why Nintendo is not looking at live-action movies.”

Kimishima refrained from mentioning any of the expected Nintendo IPs alongside the movie announcement, but it’s not hard to get the wheels spinning and start imagining how a new Super Mario Bros. or The Legend of Zelda movie would look. Nintendo fans may have some time to think about that, as Toto explains “the first title won’t be ready this year but also won’t take five years.”


Portal - TBA

While promoting his latest production, 10 Cloverfield Lanewhich is very good by the way, J.J. Abrams gave IGN an update about Bad Robot's upcoming Portal movie. It's not much of an update and even Abrams says so.

"We've got writers, and we're working on both those stories. But nothing that would be an exciting update," says Abrams, who's set to produce both films. He didn't reveal who the writers were, though. It's worth noting that director Dan Trachtenberg, who helmed10 Cloverfield Lane, first came into prominence for his short fan film, Portal: No Escape, which is based on the game. Trachtenberg might be an ideal choice for thePortal movie, but we'll just have to see what's next for the up-and-coming director. 

Rampage - TBA

Rampage was one of the primo quarter eaters of its day. The classic video game allowed you to take control of your typical monster movie standards, a giant lizard (not Godzilla), a giant ape (not royalty), and...a giant werewolf. Your mission? To destroy as many buildings as possible while the army tries to kill you.

There have been other Rampage games, but none matched the charm of the original. The thought of a Rampage movie might seem a little redundant because, well...that's what Godzilla, King Kong, and assorted other kaiju flicks are for. 

But a Rampage movie there shall be...starring none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, although not as one of the giant monsters. The project has been at New Line for a bit, and Johnson's involvement is nothing new. Ryan Engle (Non-Stop) wrote a draft but now Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal are on board to write.

Brad Peyton, who directed Johnson in the similarly destructive San Andreas, is now confirmed as director. Johnson has a full schedule, but Rampage will shoot in the summer of 2017. Here's the full official announcement, courtesy of the People's Champ, himself.


Raving Rabbids - TBA

Rayman spin-off Raving Rabbids has carved out quite a name for itself. So much so, in fact, that Ubisoft has teamed up with Sony to bring the troublemaking rabbits to the big screen.

This one will be a for a live action/stop-motion animation hybrid. Robot Chicken writers Matthew Senreich, Tom Sheppard, and Zeb Wells are working on the script as we speak.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - Jan. 27, 2017

The Resident Evil film franchise has proven itself a bankable commodity since kicking off back in 2002. The sixth film in the series will be Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and it’ll bring Milla Jovovich back to the role of Alice for the last time.

Alice will be up against it this time, teaming up with Shawn Roberts’ villainous Albert Wesker (a popular character from the Capcom games, and a former leader of the Umbrella Corporation in the films) for one final stand against the undead.


Rollercoaster Tycoon - TBA

Sony picked up the rights to Rollercoaster Tycoon in 2010, and now a live action/CG hybrid film is set to be made. Norwegian director Harald Zwart supposedly helms this interesting choice of adaptation and a storyline has not yet been released. What can we expect from this? We honestly have no idea. Nothing has been announced since then.

Sly Cooper - 2016

Sucker Punch Productions/ Sanzaru Games/Sony’s stealth-based platformer Sly Cooper hasn’t yet made the jump to PS4. Instead, the title character is getting a movie. TMNT’s Kevin Munroe wrote and directed this one, which is already in the can.

Ian James Corlett replaces the games’ voice actor Kevin Miller as the voice of Sly, but others from the original cast (namely Matt Olsen and Chris Murphy) will return to their roles.

Sonic the Hedgehog - 2018

What took them so long? Sonic the Hedgehog, veteran of countless video games, an animated series (with another on the way), and a long-running comic book series from Archie Comics is coming to the big screen in 2018.

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie was first announced back in 2014, and at the time it was described as a CG/live-action hybrid with Sony teaming with Marza animation planet, Neal Moritz producing, and a script from Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. It's not clear how much of that team is still in place.

Splinter Cell - 2017

Ubisoft’s film studio is working with New Regency Productions on a film version of the black ops stealth game Splinter Cell, with Tom Hardy attached to portray the games series’ protagonist Sam Fisher. For a while, Doug Liman of Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity was attached to direct.

He departed the project in April 2015, though. Ubisoft are searching for a new director, while Frank John Hughes – of Dark Tourist and Leave – works on the script. Previous writers include X-Men: First Class’ Sheldon Turner.

Joseph Kahn – director of countless music videos, as well as that Power/Rangers fan film – has been linked to the director’s chair.

Splinter Cell 2 - TBA

In March 2016, it was announced that New Regency Productions are exploring sequel options for the Tom Hardy-starring Splinter Cell movie. Before 100% taking this as fact, we'll have to wait and see how the first film gets on at the box office.

Spy Hunter - TBA

The classic 80s arcade game Spy Hunter has been in development as a movie since Universal bought the rights in 2003. At one stage, Dwayne Johnson was involved, but it’s unclear if he still is. Last we heard, Zombieland’s Ruben Flesicher was on-board to direct.

In November 2015, a pair of writers were hired to resurrect the project – Nelson Greaves and Sam Chalsen, both of whom are known for their work on the Sleepy Hollow TV series. It’s unclear if Flesicher remains involved.


Tekken: A Man Called X - TBA

A prequel to the 2010 Tekken adaptation is currently in development, set to be directed by Thai martial arts director Prachya Pinkaew. In 2014, we learned the film will be called Tekken - A Man Called X and star Kane Kosugi (Godzilla: Final Wars).

Tetris - TBA

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the long-discussed prospects of a Tetris movie adaptation are close to becoming realized with a new international coalition of media moguls looking co-produce the project. China-based producer Bruno Wu will join U.S.-based producer Lawrence Kasanoff (Mortal KombatTrue Lies) that will see Wu’s Seven Star Works and Kasanoff’s Threshold Entertainment Group operate under the joint name Threshold Global Studios. Tetris will be the kickoff project for this new venture with an $80 million production budget reportedly committed to line up four proverbial rows of blocks at the box-office.

Certainly, the idea of a U.S./China coalition throwing $80 million at a thus-far shapeless Tetris movie is something that we’ll look forward to updating in the coming months.

Thief - TBA

The pacing of the Thief games lends itself perfectly to a big screen adventure. The series mixes stealth, combat, and treasure hunting in a world of magic and even horror. Zombies and other monsters are part of the fun of the first game. The 2014 Thief video game reboot was poorly received, though, so it might be a good idea to focus on one of the earlier games for the movie instead.

Adam Mason and Simon Boyes are penning a screenplay for the Thief movie that’s being put together by Straight Up Films. Roy Lee, Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen and Adrian Askarieh, who produced the Hitman films, will produce this one. 

It’s very early stages, of course, so we don’t know yet of a director or a release date. Our ear will be to the ground.


Tomb Raider - 2017

The first Tomb Raider adaptation starring Angelina Jolie was the highest-grossing film adaptation of a video game ever released in the U.S. A complete reboot of the franchise is currently in planning stages after the rights were received in 2011 by GK Films. Planned as an origin story with a younger Lara, MGM are officially involved and Buffy writer Marti Noxon will provide the script.

The latest is that Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) has been cast as Lara Croft. Previously Hayley Atwell, who recently starred in the Marvel Studios/ABC TV series Agent Carter, had expressed interest in playing the role. And there were also reports suggesting that Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) could be the next Lara Croft.

GK Films, MGM and Warner Bros. recently brought in Roar Uthaug – director of Norwegian disaster flick The Wave and horror thriller Cold Prey – to direct. They’re stilling trying to find a writer to put the script together, though.


Uncharted - June 30, 2017

Prolific producer Avi Arad has been talking about adapting Naughty Dog’s Uncharted into a film, at Sony, since 2008. In the years since then, directors David O. Russell and Neil Burger have both joined – and subsequently departed – the project. 

Mark Wahlberg and Chris Pratt were both linked to the starring role of Nathan Drake, but neither is attached to the film at this stage. Horrible Bosses and King of Kong director Seth Gordon recently stepped on board to helm the film, with Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal on scripting duties.

Warcraft 2 & 3 - TBA

Warcraft director Duncan Jones has envisioned a trilogy of movies, we learned not that long ago. He told The Verge that “we kind of have an idea of what we would do with 2 and 3,” back in July 2015.

We’ll have to see how the first film does at the box office before we can guarantee whether these sequels will actually happen, of course. 


Watch Dogs - TBA

Ubisoft’s stealth-based hacking-themed third-person-shooter title Watch Dogs has been touted for the movie treatment since 2013. Ubisoft announced this project at the same time as the aforementioned Splinter Cell and Raving Rabbids films.

The last we heard was in April 2014, when Zombieland’s writing duo Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese were signed up to script the film. It’s been radio silence since then, but it does take a while to write a script, in all fairness.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The Witcher - 2017

In a way, we’ve already had a Witcher movie, and a TV series. The books that inspired the games were adapted to film and television (as The Hexer) in 2001 and 2002. Since CD Projekt RED’s action adventure game brought The Witcher property back to the public eye in 2007, it shouldn’t be too surprising that another movie has been green lit.

In November 2015, Platige Films (who’ve made some brilliant games trailers) and The Sean Daniel Company (The Mummy film series) announced the new movie, which will borrow themes from the books and the games, rather than being a straight adaptation of any specific story. Tomasz Baginski – making his feature film debut after a string of successful short films – will direct. Prolific TV writer Thania St. John will pen the script.