How to make better videogame movies

14532__sims_lWas Doom doomed? The Rock’s videogame adaptation has scored just $24.1 million in two weeks of release. What are Hollywood and the videogame industry to do? Uh, how about adapting games into better movies? The recent news that Oscar-winner Peter Jackson will adapt Halo was a good start. readers can suggest other games they’d like to see get the A-List treatment in this poll. And Entertainment Weekly’s Neil Drumming, in the upcoming issue of the magzine, offers the following suggestions for matching movie talent to three noteworthy games.

Rainbow Six: For the adventures of Tom Clancy’s elite globe-trotting antiterror commandos, round up some spirited, international hunks — Olivier Martinez, Vincent Cassel — and let Mr. & Mrs. Smith director Doug Liman go nuts with the guns and buddy banter.

Katamari Damacy: A little prince charged with balling up enough matter to remake the stars? Bringing this balancing act to the screen requires some off-kilter talent. We see The Brothers Grimm’s Terry Gilliam directing Johnny Depp. Oh, and perhaps a story line.

The Sims (above): Reteam Michel Gondry with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind star Kate Winslet as an amnesiac trying to build a new life for herself. With the discovery of a strange prism, she begins to suspect that mysterious forces control her every move.


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  • MsBHaven

    AMEN to Peter Jackson & HALO! Let’s hope it comes out right… you know kind of how ‘Doom’ didn’t. I have high, high hopes for ‘Silent Hill,’ but I’ve been disappointed before. ‘Catwoman.’ ‘Tomb Raider.’

  • Laura

    Katamari Damacy would be hillarious! However, what I’d really like to see made into a movie is Legend of Zelda, though I wouldn’t say no to Fire Emblem or Lunar.

  • V.M.L.

    Hehehe, a Sims movie would be funny!

  • Danny

    The problem with all videogame movies is that videogames are meant to be played, not watched. Watching a movie based on a videogame is like standing behind a guy at an arcade machine for two hours waiting for him to die so you can get your turn.

  • Christopher

    The Sims couldn’t be a movie.. cute joke… but that wouldn’t work the same way Superstar and A Night at the Roxbury didn’t work. It’s a comedy bit stretched for an hour and a half.

  • Mike in Moncton

    Peter Jackson doing HALO will succeed. That’s the difference between him doing that and all these other music video directors doing the other video game movies. It’s not the stars, stupid, it’s the DIRECTORS. Crap director = crap movie.

  • Bruno

    Didn’t a Sims movie come out already?
    The Forgotten.
    The way people flew into the air and disappeared was just like the Sims.
    When I watched the movie on HBO I was hoping that the plot twist would be Julianne Moore walking by a full length mirror and you seeing a green diamond over her head.
    Then have her pick up a ringing phone and utter “Deg Deg”.

  • Puma

    Marvel vs Capcom or The legend of Zelda would be a great choice.

  • Bruno

    I second the Zelda choice. Let’s get Ridley Scott to direct :)

  • Kim

    I think Zelda would be a great movie! But I think it’ll translate better as an animated movie.

  • brandon

    Stop making video games into movies. This crossover is just a bad idea. Please put an end to it before I have to watch Madden 2006 on the big screen.

  • fat boy

    Awhile back I heard that Sarah Michelle Gellar had signed on to star in a movie based on American McGee’s Alice. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it actually happens and that they get a good director to really capitalize on the dark horror of the game.

  • Christopher

    Thank you, Bruno, for making “The Forgotten” now watchable!

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