After HBO Max brought the video game “The Last of Us” to the real world with Pedro Pascal leading the live-action series, gamers have been eager to see a bunch of titles adapted into series and movies.
And there are many projects underway, as you well know. That’s why today we bring this article, so fitting for the weekend with leisure time ahead, to showcase and delve into which adaptations we’re most excited about.
The Hollywood strikes have ended, and video games are a treasure trove of intellectual property that studios haven’t fully exploited yet. As far as we’re concerned, these are the seven video game adaptations we’re eager to see.
The Most Anticipated Video Game Adaptations by Fans
Metal Gear Solid
“Since 1998, Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid and its sequels have been praised for their cinematic visual effects and gripping storytelling. It’s like a real-life action movie.
The challenge of bringing that story to Hollywood in the form of a movie is that the game can last between five to ten hours, depending on the player’s skill level and the duration of the gameplay. But cinema movies usually have only about two hours to work with, and condensing this game’s story into that short duration will be a real challenge.
Sony is developing Metal Gear Solid as a movie starring Oscar Isaac, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts as the director. But there hasn’t been any substantial update on this project since 2020. In other words, don’t hold your breath.”
Alan Wake boasts an irresistible premise. In the game, Alan is a successful writer of horror novels desperately trying to find his missing wife while his latest book comes to life around him. Essentially, Alan becomes the protagonist of his own horror story, and it might not end well for him.
The games are already conceived like episodes of a TV series, so it’s no surprise that Alan Wake has been picked up for television. AMC holds the rights to adapt the games, and that cable TV network has already made the most of The Walking Dead. Alan Wake doesn’t need multiple spinoffs; it just needs a great series.
Ghost of Tsushima
Sony has given PlayStation players a slew of unforgettable single-player titles, including Ghost of Tsushima.
In this game, players take control of a samurai warrior named Jin Sakai in 1274, during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. As the last surviving member of his clan, Jin must find a way to reclaim the island of Tsushima from its conquerors.
John Wick director Chad Stahelski has signed on to helm Ghost of Tsushima for Sony Pictures, so there’s a strong chance this movie will come to fruition.
God of War
The God of War games are being adapted into a television series by Amazon Prime Video, so production is likely underway. However, initial reports suggest that Prime Video plans to sidestep some of the most compelling aspects of Kratos’ story.
The first God of War depicted Kratos’ quest to defeat Ares and seek revenge for the death of his family. God of War II and God of War III revealed that Kratos was the son of Zeus and that his ultimate fate was to end the Greek pantheon after Zeus betrayed him.
Sony and Prime Video are drawing inspiration from the 2018 God of War game, which showcased an older Kratos as the surviving father of his son, Atreus, in the realm of the Norse gods. It’s a compelling story in its own right, but telling only half of Kratos’ story does a disservice to God of War.
The Legend of Zelda
Thanks to the success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Nintendo is ready to tackle an even more ambitious adaptation. Earlier this month, Sony and Nintendo announced they are preparing a live-action movie for The Legend of Zelda, directed by Wes Ball.
The Zelda games are one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises and also one of the most beloved role-playing game series, dating back to 1986. The timeline of the games is convoluted, but if the movie manages to capture the essence of Link, Zelda, and the incredible world of Hyrule, it could have a box office performance similar to Mario’s. But only if the movie is as good as the games.