Halo has already started pulling this cart
Paramount Plus recently released the first teaser for the upcoming Halo adaptation, the popular FPS franchise with sci-fi elements from developer 343 Industries. Despite the short duration, the material fulfills the function of promising a Master Chief (protagonist of the games), at least, very visually faithful.
However, this production is only the tip of a curious iceberg that is taking shape in the American television industry. In recent times, the attention paid to properties related to video games has increased, especially compared to earlier periods; unsurprisingly, new films have appeared in theaters with the proposal to adapt these brands to another medium; even without the success of comic book adaptations, for example.
By the way, it seems that the attention of streaming content producers is turning to these properties as well, especially at a time when more and more streaming services are appearing with catalogs to fill and productions to attract. new subscribers. So here are five game-based projects that should have live-action versions.
5) Assassin’s Creed (Netflix)
In 2016, there was an ambitious project led by the then newly created Ubisoft Film & Television (arm of the namesake developer responsible for adaptations of the company’s brands), which was the first film to adapt the famous Assassin’s Creed franchise. With a budget of over $ 100 million, the film had stellar names like Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Everyone believed it was the chosen one who would finally find the perfect way to adapt the games.
From a technical standpoint, the adaptation would bring with it nearly the entire team responsible for Macbeth (2015), which had been widely praised for its dramatic fidelity to the source material and stunning visuals. Even with the best prospects, the franchise collapsed on its own ambition to deliver a product that fans and critics didn’t like.
Around 2020, Netflix released a teaser displaying the famous game killer creed symbol, indicating that it would be at the forefront of new forays involving the brand. The following year, the hiring of Jeb Stuart, screenwriter of the first Duro de Matar, was announced. There is still no further information on the new adaptation.
4) Resident Evil (Netflix)
Yet another example of the big streaming company targeting a classic game industry property, this time old movie acquaintance: Resident Evil. After all the time that Milla Jovovich starred in the franchise films, Capcom’s work has achieved a rare performance without a pass, although these films are far from unanimous.
First photo of the cast of the next series
Netflix has invested heavily in working with the franchise lately, producing an animated miniseries called Infinite Darkness (done in the style of other animated adaptations of the game) and, more in the future, an action series. live. However, the initial synopsis of the production arouses some fear among fans of the games since it offers to work on two timelines.
One of them takes place in the post-apocalyptic present (which can make the series a spin-off of films with Milla Jovovich, not least because Constantine Film is also involved in the project) and the other in the past, introducing the controversial concept of two protagonists who are the daughters of the franchise’s biggest villain, Albert Wesker. Such a concept does not exist in games and has fans fearful that this is another adaptation not faithful to the source material.
3) Splinter Cell (Netflix)
It is impossible to be surprised so far by yet another involvement of the company in the “unveiling” of electronic franchises. Splinter Cell is one of the benchmarks in the stealth and spy simulator genre, occupying a place of rivalry with the historic Metal Gear franchise. Originally released in 2002, the story follows Special Agent Sam Fisher, who travels the world in highly classified operations.
Metal Gear’s eternal contender will have his chance to shine in another medium first
This is also another case where Ubisoft delivers valuable property to Netflix, although in this case the production will be an adaptation and not live action. At the helm of the project is Derek Kolstad, who is the creator of the John Wick film franchise, which could be an indicator that, at least, the adaptation will have some great moments of action.
2) Fallout (main video)
Born as an electronic RPG in the mid-1990s, the Fallout franchise is, in its simplest form, quite complex. With a setting that brings an alternate course of history, in which the United States and China unleashed a nuclear war that destroyed all of humanity, the franchise uses it to discuss issues such as the abuse of public Power; human savagery and all kinds of bigotry.
Innate potential for a large series
The project was announced in 2020 opposite Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the same duo behind Westworld. Production has been significantly delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which delayed the casting announcement and release date.
1) The Last of Us (HBO)
The marriage of one of the most awarded and beloved titles in video game history to one of the world’s most respected television brands has everything to gain. Originally released in 2013 by Naughty Dog, it took the industry by storm, featuring a Road Trip plot in a post-zombie apocalypse about a mercenary having to protect a girl.
The high standard of writing, accompanied by the soundtrack by Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla, generated universal success as well as a sequel (the latter being of equal quality but infinitely more confrontational among audiences). In 2020, HBO confirmed that it is developing an adaptation of the franchise, with producer Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckman (creator of the games) as a consultant.
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