Video game adaptations have had a tumultuous relationship with moviegoers, often leaving both critics and fans yearning for more. Hits like the 2018 “Tomb Raider” reboot and last year’s “Uncharted” criticize for failing to capture the essence and magic of their gaming source material.
Despite these challenges, the recent success of the “Super Mario Bros. Movie” and HBO’s “The Last of Us” has bolstere studios’ determination to transform video game intellectual property into lucrative franchises.
Here’s a glimpse at a few more upcoming video game-base movies and TV shows that are set to entertain audiences.
“Fallout” (April 12, 2024)
Amazon Studios is bringing the post-nuclear apocalyptic world of “Fallout” to the small screen. Base on the iconic video game series that first appear in 1997, this TV series helm by the creative minds behind “Westworld,” Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan.
The cast includes talents like Walton Goggins, Kyle MacLachlan, and Ella Purnell. While the game boasts a mix of action role-playing and first-person shooter elements, the TV series deliver an original narrative root in the game’s lore.
“Borderlands” (August 9, 2024)
“Borderlands” is a unique blend of science fiction, western, and open-world first-person shooter elements, and it’s set to hit the big screen. Craig Mazin, known for his work on HBO’s “The Last of Us,” co-wrote the screenplay for the “Borderlands” movie, with Eli Roth directing.
The star-studd cast features Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Jack Black as the iconic robot Claptrap, Kevin Hart as former mercenary Roland, Jamie Lee Curtis as unstable scientist Tannis, and Ariana Greenblatt as a girl with remarkable abilities.
“Sonic the Hedgehog 3” (December 2024)
The “Sonic the Hedgehog” franchise is returning for a third installment, nearly four years after the first movie grace the big screen. Audiences can expect another family-friendly adventure featuring Sonic and the possible debut of the fan-favorite nemesis, Shadow. James Marsden and Idris Elba are expect to reprise their roles, but the return of Jim Carrey’s zany Dr. Robotnik remains uncertain.
“Return to Silent Hill” (2024)
“Silent Hill,” a franchise known for its survival horror and puzzle elements, is making a comeback in the cinematic world with “Return to Silent Hill.” Christophe Gans, who direct the 2006 film starring Radha Mitchell, is returning to helm this sequel, inspire by the 2001 game “Silent Hill 2.” The story follows James Sunderland, portraye by Jeremy Irvine, as he is drawn back to the eerie town by a mysterious letter from his past love.
As these adaptations prepare to hit the screens, fans of video games and movies alike are eager to see how these belove gaming universes buy to life and whether they can rise to the occasion in an ever-expanding landscape of cinematic adaptations.