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Video Games Will Offer “Enduring Theatrical Properties”

Well, in a desperate effort to be optimistic, we'll just say, "if at first you don't succeed…

Because apparently, that's Hollywood's philosophy concerning films based on video games, which historically have fallen well short of the mark. Even semi-decent ones like the recent "Prince of Persia" movie didn't quite blow up the box office as expected, and reviews were only fair. But Sucker Punch's Brian Fleming says this hasn't dissuaded filmmakers, and one can expect more and more movie IPs to be based on games. In fact, according to what Fleming told Play magazine , Hollywood may start to "mine" the vast gaming industry just as they did with comic books (and they're still doing it).

"I don’t know if comics were as generational as videogames are now, but what I can see is that comics were the place where exciting properties were created for 40 years. The movies are just mining that and capitalising on all those properties. I think that videogames are creating a lot of universes and properties now and as a creative place they are very similar."

But hey, maybe that's the reason why so few movies based on games have been any good; it took quite a long time before we saw a ton of successful comic-book-to-film adaptations in theaters; three decades for some classic superheroes, in fact. In other words, what game developers are producing now could become movie properties many years down the road. Added Fleming, it's a "source of many IPs:"

"I believe that a lot of the properties that we’re working on, meaning the industry more broadly, will create enduring theatrical properties in the next generation. This will be a source of many IPs that will be established and will do well. There haven’t been any great movies about videogames and that would parallel what happened with comics too. None of them were great until maybe the late 1980’s like the Batman movies. I think it will happen."

You know, I hate to say it, but inFamous could make for a pretty awesome movie. Of course, I got really bored with superhero movies a long time ago and considering Hollywood apparently doesn't have an original bone left in its ailing body, I don't expect to see anything new…like, ever. These days, it seems like every movie is based on pre-existing theme, or is just mind-numbingly stupid. Guess I'll have to stick to IFC or something.

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Snaaaake
Snaaaake
14 years ago

Prince of Persia was quite ok, though not as bad as some Uwe Bolls' works.

But the princess sure is hot.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
14 years ago

I really enjoyed the Prince of Persia. I was skeptical, but Disney and Bruckheimer do amazing things. I know a lot of people hate the Pirate movies but I love em' all of em'.

The PoP movie though did surprise me. I walked away very happy!

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
14 years ago

"Hollywood may start to "mine" the vast gaming industry" That alone sounds evil to me. They are basically sucking blood from our great entertainment medium to put their ailing medium on life support so it can live for another few years. Pathetic if you ask me.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
14 years ago

The thing is, what can Hollywood do in two hours that a game, with similar production values to a movie, cannot accomplish in 15-20 hours of interactive and dynamic fun.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
14 years ago

Well they always change the story and plot and ruin the entire experience. They are counting on pulling in the game fans and trying to get their dollars but when we know they are going to screw it up, we dont watch it. So why even bother?

JackC8
JackC8
14 years ago

I couldn't agree more. All the talent is in the game industry these days. Hollywood is full of celebrities who can't act, accountants and focus groups dictating all aspects of the script, and talentless hacks putting it all on film.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
14 years ago

Don't get me started with that "we're aiming this movies to these kinds of people"

It's the MAIN reason I dislike Hollywood.

They see us as groups instead as individuals. If they're making an action movie they'll use all the effects they can use to blow up everything they can blow up in a movie. It's always the same car chases, etc. I'm also really tired of these same actors.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
14 years ago

I cant stand the rise of comic adaptions in the film industry, i'd rather watch dogme 95 films.

The problem with adapting a comic/game is that auidences have already gotten use to a certain set of visuals, when we see a new adaption, we is it more a a mimic than the real thing. Sin City is probaly the only comic book adaption i can actually enjoy since the whole phase.It captured the style of the comic perfectly. As for game adaptions, the only one i have enjoyed so far is Silent Hill while that replicated the games style, it just was not scary… which was unfortunate, but it was still enjoyable.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
14 years ago

I agree Sin City was great, but as for most of the rest of them not so much.

Although, if you ever get the chance, watch the great movie called "The Dangerous Lives Of Alter Boys"(2002), starring Jodie Foster & Vincent D'onofrio.

It wasn't a true comic book per se, but used some comic book elements within the plot sparingly, and they were really put to good use in complimenting & furthering the actual storyline.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
14 years ago

Hollywood needs to stay far away from games
Games > movies

Hollywood is thinking 'bout money. Game developers are thinking of FUN experiences (which will eventually generate 'some' money). Big difference in their approach.

amzngskillz
amzngskillz
14 years ago

So you guys don't want to see a Bioshock movie? Or an Assassins Creed movie? Lets not be to closed minded on the concept. I think the whole games to movies concept should be done on a case by case basis.

amzngskillz
amzngskillz
14 years ago

@Ultimadream – Are you serious? Sin City was garbage just like The Spirit and The Watchmen. Some of the worst movies I've ever seen. Iron Man1 was good. X-men 2 was fabulous, and X-men origins was slick. If the movie is done right its great to see the characters from the comics jump off the page and become real.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
14 years ago

I loved WATCHMEN!!! That was by far my favorite comic movie, it was gritty, cynical, and never took itself too serious but still had a great story.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
14 years ago

Yes i am serious, i'd like to return the question to your suggestion of Iron Man…

The Sin City adaption caught the dark themes perfectly, Elijah Woods character still haunts me. I would certainly welcome a sequel exploring the other stories of the series.

Actually while we're on the subject of comicbook adaptions. Anther aspect i hate about them which is cropping up more frequently is reboots! Spiderman was good as a trilogy, if your not going to have Tobey as Peter Parker why bother. It's as if they have no respect for their prequels, well i guess there not prequels because they're detached, its just such a lousy excuse to start over again, i heard thats what they're doing to X-Men now to.

To extend my point look at the new Star Trek film, with there thin excuse of a parallel universe, when i hear parllel, i think unofficial, i think redundant.


Last edited by Vivi_Gamer on 7/2/2010 5:07:05 PM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
14 years ago

That's just "your opinion" that Sin City was gargage.

Just the same as it was both Ultimadream's & my own opinion that Sin City was great.

So sue us!

amzngskillz
amzngskillz
14 years ago

You need a 5 hour energy drink, giant cup of coffee, some speed pills, and crack cocaine to stay awake for that slow moving, boring, weird movie. And then the blue guy with his private hanging out….I mean WTF! That ish was wack!


Last edited by amzngskillz on 7/2/2010 3:00:31 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
14 years ago

The fact that Hollywood has to "mine" is sad.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
14 years ago

The fact that the creative minds in Hollywood are largely capable of only derivative or retreaded ideas is a problem.

amzngskillz
amzngskillz
14 years ago

@World – I agree. You'd think they could come up with original stuff more often.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
14 years ago

Highlander you made me laughing so hard, I fatted at the same time on that sentence, LOL
99% of the time, putting the words "creative minds" and "hollyweird" in the same sentence just doesn't mix well.

Just like……."Ebert & game art"!!!!

BTW, Ebert's now trying to back pedal, but he can't cause he's keeps tickling his tonsils with his toes.
So now he talks with a bad case of Athletes Mouth……..

Roger Ebert Admits That Games Might One Day Be Art

http://www.industrygamers.com/news/roger-ebert-admits-that-games-might-one-day-be-art/

kraygen
kraygen
14 years ago

Here's an idea, how about hollywood start coming up with their own idea's because this is just pathetic.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
14 years ago

I agree Hollywood is losing steam. They have been for awhile. But I kinda feel for the movie industry. There is tons of territory to tread but to make it into a good live-action movie is the tough part. I think in the future we will see more CGI movies, because of this. I dont know really thats just what I think.

Theres so much game developers can do because they build it from scratch. Where as movies are constricted in that area. I mainly just wish Hollywood wouldnt take a game or comic for that matter, and make it trash. Thats my concern!

main_event05
main_event05
14 years ago

The game industry needs to do what the comic industry, well, what marvel did and get their own studio. that way they will have complete control over their properties (i'm just assuming that's how it works i'm not sure).

main_event05
main_event05
14 years ago

i also meant add that maybe that's what kojima was/is waiting for.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
14 years ago

yeah but marvel sold parts to disney so… That wouldnt really work. Not to mention all these movie companies have, and buy rights to these movies so they get free roam over them. Thats why when I heard there would be an Uncharted movie, I was very glad to hear that Naughty Dog was actually a part of it.

Once the movie companies get a hold of rights to things, Marvel (as an example) literally just has to sit there and let hollywood ruin a lot of there characters. Its also happening in games. Which is why im glad MGS isnt happening, at least not right now, and im glad GOW got shelved! But again at least with Uncharted, ND is watching over it!


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 7/3/2010 4:41:32 AM

main_event05
main_event05
14 years ago

Ok. I thought that since Marvel produces their own films they could retain all the rights and creative control instead of some studio head that funds the film. I guess i should've researched a bit more before i commented.


Last edited by main_event05 on 7/3/2010 8:33:30 AM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
14 years ago

Nah its fine. What I was getting at is I think a lot of the films would have taken a different direction had Marvel had complete control, say over Spider-Man. To bring in Venom for just a few moments in 3, was dumb, and I completely understand why there is a re-boot! They messed it up in my opinion!
But the same goes for video games.


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 7/3/2010 12:16:34 PM

main_event05
main_event05
14 years ago

IMHO the game industry should just go and make indie films. They have the funding and that way no one can say anything about nothing. But then again i don't know how that whole thing works either.

___________
___________
14 years ago

please hollywood please dont waste our time!
i dont bother going to the movies anymore its a waste of money and time!
games are the only form of entertainment that are actually getting better as time goes on.
movies on the other hand.
every single genre movie was better say 20 years ago than now.

horror then we had the exorcist or nightmare on elm street.
now we have something i wont call horror, more like torture porn!
saw, or the hills have eyes, or hostel.

action.
well ill leave it as this.
die hard 1 is 5 hundred billion times better than die hard 3!

comedy.
well the pink panther series has, and always will be the funniest movies of all time!
revenge of the pink panther being my favorite!
or even naked gun!
some movies these days are ok, but even the best of today cant stand upto the best of back then.

same with books, IMO stephen king is the best Author of all time!
IT was a classic!
im really enjoying cabin fever, i started reading it after playing alan wake it really got me interested in it.

games even to a certain extent were better 20 years ago, than they are now!
crash bandicoot is 10 times better than uncharted 2, simply because it is 1 billion times harder, and 1 billion times more rewarding, and one billion times more fun!

or even MGS, the original on PS1 is one of my all time favorite games because it is so unforgiving!
get seen once start again! no stealth game today is that brutal and unforgiving.

as technological marvels, obviously movies and games are getting better, you would expect that with the tech.
but as forms of entertainment and thats all movies and games are, there forms of entertainment.
pushing more pixles on screen, or better FX is not enhancing the entertainment.
making the media more engaging, more interesting enhances the entertainment.
and older forms of movies and games did that much better than todays.

that is why games and movies of yesteryear will always be better than todays!

sirbob6
sirbob6
14 years ago

The reason things are not the same as they were is that those storylines are used and was over used at its time so much that people had to move on because it is becoming stale. Also on the difficulty part, you can set it to crushing. You may also want to try Killzone 2 on elite, that is very hard.


Last edited by sirbob6 on 7/3/2010 5:35:11 PM

___________
___________
14 years ago

its not the difficulty that made the original MGS such a good game, its the suspension it created.
your constantly walking around swinging from left to right making sure no one can see you.
your creeping up behind a enemy and saying please dont turn around, please dont turn around, please dont turn around.
its the suspension of being caught that made the game so much fun.
no game today has managed to replicate that feeling.

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