11 Video Games Heading to the Big Screen

Video games are a big business, so it’s no surprise Hollywood is working to turn a number of game franchises into films. After all, it’s only fair since plenty of movies have been made into games. Below, we look at some of the most exciting video games that are getting the full Hollywood treatment in the coming years. Keep in mind, however, that planned films aren’t always a sure thing.

1. Assassin’s Creed


Planned Release Date: December 21, 2016

Ubisoft has been pumping out Assassin’s Creed games in a steady stream ever since the original’s 2007 debut. The story in the games is all kinds of convoluted, but basically a man in modern times straps on a high-tech helmet and his consciousness gets transported through time into the body of a historical assassin. The film looks stylish as all get-out and stars the debonair Michael Fassbender.

2. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Source: Warner Roadshow Studios

Source: Warner Roadshow Studios

Planned Release Date: January 27, 2017

Another Resident Evil sequel will come as no surprise to movie fans, as the series already contains five zombie-filled entries. The upcoming film is slated for a 2016 release, and will wrap up the ongoing story lines so the actors and director can move on to other projects. Of course, the franchise could always rise from the dead for a reboot sometime down the line.

3. Splinter Cell

Source: Ubisoft

Source: Ubisoft

Planned Release Date: 2017

This Tom Clancy game franchise stars a gray-haired black ops agent named Sam Fisher who can usually be found sneaking his way through enemy territory. The film version will skew younger, with 36-year-old Tom Hardy playing the lead role. And while the movie is still in development, it’s set to be directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Bourne Identity). According to the latest info on IMDb, the film is scheduled to be released some time in 2017 — so don’t hold your breath.

4. Tomb Raider

Source: Square Enix

Source: Square Enix

Planned Release Date: 2018

The Tomb Raider video game series got a reboot in 2013, so why not do the same with the movie franchise? That’s the idea behind this upcoming film, which is helmed by Norwegian director Roar Uthaug and writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet. While you may not have heard of either of those names, there’s a good chance their movie will be better than the sub-par ones starring Angelina Jolie.

5. Sly Cooper

Planned Release Date: TBA

Sly Cooper is a series of action platformers exclusive to PlayStation consoles. These games center on a small group of lovable thieves who only steal from other criminals. The games look basically like playable cartoons, but the movie is going a more realistic route with CGI graphics. We’ll see if that choice pays off when the film hits theaters.

6. The Last of Us

The Last of Us

‘The Last of Us’ | Sony Computer Entertainment

Planned release date: TBA

Virtually no game is more cinematic than The Last of Us, a PlayStation game about a man and a girl in a mutant-infested apocalypse. That means turning it into a film should be easier than some of the other games on this list. It’s basically a road trip through an extremely dangerous version of the United States.

7. Uncharted

Nathan Drake in front of a plane crash in 'Uncharted 3'

‘Uncharted 3’ | Sony

Planned release date: TBA

If you’ve played the Uncharted series, you may be wondering why they’re bothering to turn it into a movie, when the games are so clearly based on Indiana Jones. That’s a fine question, and one this film about wise-cracking treasure hunters will have to answer.

8. The Division

A Division agent watches other agents in the Dark Zone

The Division | Source: Ubisoft

Planned release date: TBA

Ubisoft’s online shooter is the basis of this upcoming film. In the game, you play as a member of a team tasked with keeping the peace after a smallpox outbreak leaves New York City in ruins. Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are set to play the lead roles, but that’s about all we know so far.

9. Metal Gear Solid

Source: Konami

Source: Konami

Planned Release Date: TBA

Pity the writer who has to turn the impossibly complicated story of the Metal Gear Solid series into a screenplay. But that’s just what’s happening. This groundbreaking series of stealth action games centers around Solid Snake, a spy who can infiltrate the most heavily guarded of enemy compounds. The games are known for their outlandish villains and endlessly deep conspiracies. The latest game has Snake voiced by Kiefer Sutherland, who seems like he could do a great job playing the same character in a live action film.

10. Shadow of the Colossus

Source: Team Ico

Source: Team Ico

Planned Release Date: TBA

This PlayStation 2 cult classic is a triumph of atmosphere. You play as a young man who must traverse a desolate landscape and slay sixteen enormous beasts to bring his love back to life. Although the movie version has been on the back burner since 2009, Sony Pictures has just hired a new director to lead the project, Andrés Muschietti, whose horror film Mama scared audiences stiff in 2013. If anyone can bring the hopeless grandeur of the game to the big screen, it’s him.

11. Dead Island

Source: Techland

Source: Techland

Planned Release Date: TBA

Dead Island is a game set in what would be an ideal vacation spot if only it weren’t for those pesky hordes of undead maniacs. The movie has been something of an on-and-off affair since it was announced, with Lionsgate buying the rights to the game but abandoning the project before getting it off the ground. The rights have recently been scooped up by Occupant Entertainment and publisher Deep Silver. These companies have said they’re hoping to get the project moving sometime this year.

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