With video games experiencing success through the Arcane TV series and 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog, here are the adaptations to look forward to.
Here are all the video game movie and TV adaptations that are currently in development. Video games are getting a resurgence in media as companies are gaining confidence in their performance. In 2020, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie came out as the highest grossing video game movie ever in the US – and Nintendo’s Detective Pikachu released the year prior surpassed even Sonic in the worldwide box office. The Resident Evil franchise is still going, with November 2021 releasing the franchise’s latest installment, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. Also in November, Netflix released the beautifully animated Arcane: League of Legends series, that currently has a 100% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes, marking it as one of 2021’s best animated TV shows.
With the increasing popularity of many video game movie and TV adaptations, there are naturally a number of franchises with new installments currently in development. Video game adaptations are making their promotional rounds on the internet, with the untitled Mario movie getting a particularly loud response from audiences due to its unusual casting decisions. While responses to Chris Pratt voicing Mario were mixed, there’s a lot of hype building around almost every currently announced video game adaptation.
Here are all the video game movie and TV adaptations with a relatively high likelihood of being released. While many of the mentioned titles listed do not have a set date, production is going smoothly enough that a near-future release is likely, so long as production doesn’t face any serious impediments from the likes of the COVID-19 pandemic or any other external forces.
Uncharted (Release Date: February 18, 2022)
The upcoming Uncharted movie stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, Mark Wahlberg as Victor “Sully” Sullivan, and Antonio Banderas as Moncada. The film has been in development since 2008, and in that time Chris Pratt and Nathan Fillion were considered for the role of Nathan Drake. Pratt declined the offer, and Fillion since starred in an Uncharted short fan film in 2018 with positive reception. Uncharted passed through a lot of directors, including Silver Lining Playbook‘s David O. Russell and Free Guy‘s Shawn Levy before settling on Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. After the pandemic affected production, the long wait for this movie will end in February, with the film’s release.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Release Date: April 8, 2022)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is coming this April – just two years after the first movie, despite COVID-19 slowing production for so many films. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is set to explain mysteries from the first film, such as the background of the Echidna tribe, which Sonic 2’s trailer does hint at the movie covering. Idris Elba will voice Knuckles, with Parks and Recreation‘s Ben Schwartz returning as Sonic. Other cast members coming back include James Marsden as Sonic’s human friend Sheriff Tom Wachowski and Jim Carrey as Doctor “Eggman” Robotnik. There’s a lot to anticipate for this film, among them the prospect of Colleen O’Shaughnessy reprising her video game role of Miles “Tails” Prower for the movie, making her the first voice actor from the games to do so.
Untitled Mario Movie (Release Date: December 21, 2022)
Many have regarded it as strange that the cast and release date for the currently unnamed Mario was announced before the movie title itself, but this move ostensibly works to build mystery and anticipation for the film itself. Twenty-nine years after the poorly-received live-action Super Mario Bros. movie, Nintendo is working with Illumination on an upcoming Super Mario movie that will release in the Christmas season. The Super Mario movie has Chris Pratt as Mario working with other big names like Anya Taylor-Joy of The Queen’s Gambit as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. While the Super Mario film received criticism for its celebrity stunt casting, a lot of people are still expressing excitement for the movie.
While there’s no release date yet, but the anticipated Borderlands movie is expected to come in the near future. The movie is directed by horror legend Eli Roth, who also wrote the screenplay with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin. Released cast names include Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Kevin Hart as Roland, Jack Black as Claptrap, and Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Tannis. Filming wrapped on June 22, 2021, suggesting the movie itself shouldn’t be too far from being officially released.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Anime TV Series
Alongside the tons of returning Netflix shows in 2022, a Cyberpunk 2077 anime TV series has a confirmed 2022 premiere. It’s exact release date, however, is unknown. According to a 2020 announcement video, the series titled Cyberpunk: Edgerunners will still take place in Night City but will be a standalone series focusing on new characters. Cyberpunk 2077 had high anticipation upon its release, but the game’s plethora of bugs disappointed fans to the point of investors filing a class-action lawsuit. Still, a Cyberpunk 2077 anime series is still something worth looking forward to.
Metal Gear Solid Movie
Like the Uncharted movie, the Metal Gear Solid movie has been in development since the late 2000s. The game series was created 24 years ago by Hideo Kojima, whose other works like Death Stranding (2019) and the Silent Hill series makes him one of the most recognizable names in game development. Metal Gear Solid is one of Oscar Isaac’s many upcoming movies, with Isaac starring as Solid Snake.
Tomb Raider: Obsidian Movie
News of Tomb Raider: Obsidian is gaining a decent amount of attention. As a sequel to the 2018 adaptation, Alicia Vikander will reprise her role as Lara Croft. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting development for the film, but Vikander confirmed [via Collider] that the sequel will likely happen, despite it not being green lit. Misha Green, known for Lovecraft Country and Sons of Anarchy, took over screenwriter Amy Jump’s role and completed Tomb Raider: Obsidian’s first draft on May 14, 2021. Green has reportedly been in close communication with Vikander about the sequel.
Other Video Game Movie and Television Adaptations In The Works
- Assassin’s Creed TV series
- Call of Duty movie
- Carmen Sandiego movie/animated TV series – the movie will be produced and starring Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin). She’ll also be in the show.
- The Division movie
- Fallout TV series
- Five Nights at Freddy’s movie – the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie’s slow development makes its release more questionable as the years go on, with script rewrites and behind-the-scenes delays. Still, there’s no news of its cancellation.
- Gears of War movie
- Ghosts of Tsushima movie – John Wick director Chad Stahelski is working on this project. Development is still in the scripting phase as of writing.
- Just Cause movie
- Just Dance movie
- Mega Man movie
- Minecraft movie – The pandemic pushed the original release of March 4, 2022 to an undetermined future date. Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) will direct and Frozen II‘s Allison Schroeder is the screenwriter.
- Rabbids movie
- Resident Evil TV series
- Space Invaders movie
- Tomb Raider animated TV series – Alongside the other Tomb Raider video game movie and TV adaptations, an animated series will be released on Netflix at an undetermined date. Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell will voice Lara Croft.
- Uncharted (2022)Release date: Feb 18, 2022
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022)Release date: Apr 08, 2022
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