They’re Remaking WHAT?!
It’s quite apparent that Hollywood doesn’t want to take the risk of making an unpopular movie, which is why just about every “classic” movie is getting remade and remastered (just like the new Robocop *shudder* or, surprise surprise, a new Conan with Ahhnold), and just about every popular book is getting an adaptation.
Now Hollywood is moving on to another source for guaranteed success: popular video games. Just about every gamer has heard that Assassin’s Creed, Mass Effectand even Deus Ex are all receiving film adaptations…yet just because the games are good doesn’t mean the movies will reflect the games adequately. In fact, movie adaptations are notorious for completely altering and changing the original source material, alienating fans and their constituency in the process.
Is this a brand new wave of desperation for new ideas–not new, exactly, moreso buying the rights to adapting a franchise rather than creating an original IP–or has Hollywood stumbled upon a great new idea that will unfold as the years go by? Only time will tell, but many gamers are still excited to see their virtual heroes come to life on the big screen.
Welcome to the Creed
The Assassin’s Creed video game franchise has amassed considerable acclaim throughout the world of gaming, receiving multiple awards throughout its five-game tenure and selling millions upon millions of copies worldwide. The latest chapter of the saga, Assassin’s Creed III, has garnered amazing reviews and has been hailed as the best game in the series, sending a ripple throughout Ubisoft’s digital pond.
The games blend an episodic story arc with an impressive open-world that adequately portrays actual historical events, allowing players to explore ancient cities and interact with noteworthy figures such as Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams and even Leonardo da Vinci in Renaissance Italy.
Due to the success of the franchise and the ever-growing fanbase, Ubisoft teamed up with New Regency to bring the massively popular series to life on the big screen. The Assassin’s Creed movie has been confirmed to star Irish-born actor Michael Fassbender, and will be available in 3-D. The film is expected to release in 2014, however no official dates have been confirmed at this time, and IGN has reported that we may even see the movie in 2013.
Fassbender is an interesting choice for this movie, but his role hasn’t been announced, so he may very well be playing a villainous Templar or something of the like. Still, it will be interesting to see how loosely or strongly the film is based on the series–one can only hope that it bears a resemblance to the video games or else it risks awkward shunning from gamers around the world.
Considering the movie’s many constituents are gamers, and that the movie is geared toward that sort of audience, we’re hoping that the film will be episodic and that Hollywood won’t try to condense the multifaceted five-part series into a single two-hour timeframe.
I’m personally curious as to what timeframe that the movie will focus on, and how the mythos will be represented. The games have a pretty expansive story arc that spans across thousands of years with the mysterious race known as “Those Who Came Before”, so it’ll be interesting to see how the movie incorporates all of these elements.
The “Mass Effect” Effect
BioWare’s immensely popular and successful sci-fi RPG series Mass Effect has ushered in a new age of role-playing titles, bringing with it an original IP that’s ripe for sequels and adaptations. The current trilogy has been praised and regarded as one of the best RPG series of all time, bringing with it an original and expansive universe replete with aliens, mysterious plots, and a dynamic ever-changing galaxy who’s secrets unfold with every game.
Legendary Pictures acquired the rights to the Mass Effect movie all the way back in 2008, but the production company is still trying to crack the code to bring a successful adaptation to the big screen.
Taking on such a monumental fan-favorite series comes with incredible weight and responsibility, and Legendary has passed the torch amoungst different writers in hopes of adequately portraying an invigorating and engaging adaptation of the award-winning franchise.
Recently Legendary Pictures selected Morgan Davis Foehl to tackle the script, entrusting a huge amount of responsibility to the up-and-coming writer. Let’s just hope that Foehl knows what he’s doing and has played the game like a madman, because there’s a lot riding on any movie based on such a huge series.
Personally I can’t wait to see Commander Shepard kick Reaper ass left and right, inducing swoons from the crowd as he flirts shamelessly with blue-skinned Asari while battling mercilessly space pirates across the galaxy. If you ask me Hollywood could do with another intergalactic sci-fi franchise, and it’d be fun to see how Mass Effect compares with the legendary Star Wars and Star Trek movies.
Deus Ex Machina
Deus Ex is a fantastic and cult classic PC game from 2000 that has aged well, providing a stylish mix of sci-fi futuristic shooter stealthiness that evolved into the critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a current-gen video game release. The series is dark and dystopian, painting an eerily realistic picture of humanity’s future as people become infused with bio-mechanical augmentations, effectively becoming cyborgs in the process.
The Deus Ex games blend a futuristic neo-noir detective mystery with sci-fi action as players uncover conspiracies and hidden secrets, unraveling the very fabric of those in power and taking on the oppressive Big Brother-esque regime with full force.
Entertainment Weekly has recently announced that Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister, will be directing a movie adaptation of Deus Ex: Human Revolution for CBS Films. The franchise affords an opportunity to bring a stylish and original cyberpunk-themed adaptation to the big screen…as long as it’s done right.
“Deus Ex is a phenomenal cyberpunk game with soul and intelligence,” Derrickson says about the series. “By combining amazing action and tension with big, philosophical ideas, Deus Ex is smart, ballsy, and will make one hell of a movie.” — Scott Derrickson
No information on who will play the game’s protagonist, Adam Jensen, nor has any other roles or actors been announced for the film. I personally am looking forward to this one, as I enjoyed both of the Deus Ex games, and Human Revolution was an amazing experience. It will be exciting to see the cyberpunk cities and augmented people on the big screen, ditto for Jensen’s stylish flair as he’s kicking ass and uncovering hidden conspiracies.
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