10 Upcoming Video Games Adaptations From BioShock to God of War
The new era of game adaptations is coming.
Video game adaptations are the new superhero movies. With projects like Arcane, Uncharted, and The Last of Us becoming the hottest hits, game companies are opening up their own film divisions to directly control the adaptation process.
We have collected ten of the most anticipated game adaptations we can expect to see in the near future.
1. Mortal Kombat 2
Mortal Kombat 2 will continue the story of the 2021 movie. However, now the main character will be Johnny Cage, who will be played by Karl Urban, known to many as the Butcher from The Boys. The film also marks the debut of Tati Gabrielle's Jade.
Production on the film was delayed due to the writers strike, but returned to full production immediately after the strike ended. One of the producers, Todd Garner, said that the team learned a lot from the mistakes of the first installment and that the new product will be much better (and we really want to believe that).
Just recently, the first footage from the series adaptation of Fallout was released and the premiere date on Amazon Prime was officially confirmed – April 12, 2024. The adaptation is directed by husband and wife team Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who worked on the Westworld show.
The main character will be the girl Lucy, who has spent her whole life in a bunker. One day, she is forced to go to the surface on a rescue mission. There she discovers that the planet is infested with giant insects and ravenous mutants.
It was important to the creators that their project follow the lore of the game, so they brought in the developers and publishers of the original, Bethesda Game Studios, to review and add to the script.
3. Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima became a hit when it was released in 2020. Almost immediately, Sony Pictures announced the start of development on the film, hoping that the love of the fans would recoup the money invested in the production. Chad Stahelski, the creator of John Wick, was hired to direct the movie.
Stahelski is committed to preserving Japanese authenticity and plans to cast all Japanese actors and shoot the film entirely in the native language. This is a tribute to one of his favorite directors, Akira Kurosawa, whose style inspired the game's creators. In November, Stahelski announced that the script was finished.
4. Splinter Cell
The movie version of Splinter Cell was first discussed in 2005, but some directors were replaced by others and the project remained somewhere on the shelves with forgotten adaptations.
In 2020, Netflix representatives spoke about their interest in Splinter Cell and began development. The work on the script was given to Derek Kolstad, the screenwriter of John Wick. In 2021, Kolstad revealed that he was nearing completion of the script and expected the project to be released in two years, but there have been no updates yet.
Netflix is actively collecting the rights to famous franchises, so even the famous BioShock did not escape the fate of getting an adaptation. Netflix has secured the rights to the entire franchise, so fans are hoping for an extensive film series built around all the games.
6. God of War
Amazon was able to reach an agreement with Sony on a film adaptation of this fascinating epic. The plot of the series will be based on the 2018 game God of War, so we are preparing to visit Midgard, Jotunheim, and other worlds of Scandinavian mythology, meet the formidable Baldur and the sons of Thor.
The main plot, as in the game, will be the journey of Kratos and his son Atreus to scatter the ashes of the boy's mother. The studio promises a strong cast and a strong script. The only thing we hope for is that the God of War will not repeat the fate of The Rings of Power.
7. Return to Silent Hill
Silent Hill is a series of psychological horror games that immerse the player in a unique atmosphere of mystery and dread. The 2006 film adaptation received poor reviews from critics, but later it became one of the most prominent horror films of the 2000s. The 2012 sequel did not find such fame, so Christophe Gans, the creator of the first installment, returns to direct the new adaptation.
The movie will bypass the events of the two movies and offer viewers a completely new story. So far, it is known that Jeremy Irvine will play the lead role of James, who goes in search of his beloved Mary, played by Hannah Emily Anderson.
8. The Division
The movie based on the popular cooperative shooter Tom Clancy's The Division from Ubisoft was supposed to be released on Netflix, and the lead roles went to Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain. However, in 2022, it was reported that the production of the movie had been suspended, with no updates since.
Plot details are unknown, but the writers will most likely follow the original. This means that viewers will see a snow-covered New York, learn the reasons for the epidemic that destroyed a large number of people, and get to know the survival story of a group of special agents who arrived in the city to restore order.
Like many video game adaptations, Borderlands suffered through production hell. The start of development on a movie version of the sci-fi shooter was announced back in 2015, but it wasn't until five years later that the project got a director. It was Eli Roth, who also co-wrote the script.
The movie will focus on the story of a woman, Lilith, a notorious criminal who is forced to return to her home planet. The main character will be played by none other than Cate Blanchett herself. Filming began and ended during the pandemic, but this year Borderlands was sent back for a few extra weeks of shooting. Now we even have an exact release date – August 9, 2024.
10. Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear began its long story in 1987. Created by Japanese game designer Hideo Kojima, it was a major contribution to the development of the stealth-action genre.
Like most game franchises, Metal Gear has a long and complicated history of being brought to the big screen. Kojima announced his intention to adapt the game back in 2006. In 2014, it was reported that Jordan Vogt-Roberts would direct the future project, but he was only able to join after finishing work on the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island.
While the writers were busy rewriting the script, Oscar Isaac was cast in the lead role in 2020. And that's all the information we know for now.