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Unlikely Movie Spin-Offs
2016 has been a busy year for game-based movies. Warcraft, Angry Birds and Ratchet and Clank all hit their release dates and Assassin’s Creed is close. However, it’s fair to say that quality-wise, video-game movies have a checkered past. For every reasonably well-received Tomb Raider there is a Street Fighter, pissing on classic gaming memories with bad costumes, paper-thin plots and acting that emulates early-nineties computer animation. But what of future movie productions? Let’s look at four game tie-ins that movie execs would be mad to turn down.
Duke Nukem Forever
Chuck Norris stars in a schlock sci-fi classic as a bunch of B-movie aliens invade Earth to impregnate Las Vegas strippers and drink the beer of Grade-A psychopath and misogynist, Duke Nukem. With pornographic content, extreme violence, drug use, and a fourteen-year running time, this is not for the faint-hearted.
Billed by its director as the most exciting film of all time, the Godus trailer features an unbelievable collection of A-List talent – Leanardo Di Caprio and Marian Cotillard in lead roles, cameo appearances by Di Niro and Pacino and narration by Morgan Freeman. However, due to budgetary constraints, the full movie only has Kevin Bacon.
ET the extra-terrestrial
This movie of a game of a movie features Andy Serkis in the title role, falling down random holes whilst searching for the broken pieces of an archaic telephone. There is no soundtrack beyond a few beeps and the heart-warming ending of the original is replaced by ET being buried alive in a New Mexico landfill.
Mark Hamill stars in an epic space-opera, action-adventure, romantic-comedy, survival-horror movie with subtitles. In a brave departure from standard funding models, you must buy tickets before it’s been made. That entitles you to regular snippets of behind-the-scenes footage, but no guarantees you get to watch a film at the end of it.