Over the past several years, Hollywood has become more and more fixated on adaptations of pre-existing material rather than telling fresh and new stories. While this is definetely not a bad thing (for the most part), it’s looking to be a trend that just won’t go away. If anything, since the resounding successes of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Twilight, and The Lego Movie, it’s gotten even more severe.
Knowing Hollywood, they’ll probably realize to scale things back a bit eventually. But for now, big-budget adaptations are the current norm. Just ask Larry Kasanoff, the director of 2012’s hilariously absurd CG disasterpiece Foodfight and founder of the production company Threshold Entertainment, who has took it upon itself to not only make just one $80 million-dollar “sci-fi thriller” Tetris movie, but an entire trilogy, set to be filmed in China, and NOT Russia, where the entire franchise originated….missed opportunity there, I must say.
Regardless, I think the real question here isn’t if a concept as utterly ridiculous as a Tetris film should happen, but rather if it should even be greenlit considering the absolutely deplorable reputation video game movies have. While the Resident Evil movies, as godawful as they are, tend to be box office successes, other video game movies fail completely to even slightly resemble their source material, while the others that do still end up bombing regardless.
Even some in-development video game films have had some trouble getting off the ground; there’s barely been any word on the Last of Us and Sly Cooper movies (although development of the Uncharted movie still seems to going, albeit at a snail’s pace), and with the total failure of Ratchet & Clank, there’s a good chance that they might be on the chopping block.
But, even taking in account of huge flop after huge flop, there might just be some hope for the future of video game movie adaptations. The Angry Birds Movie, while it has received some mixed reviews with a 56% percent on the website Rotten Tomatoes (which, to be fair, is way better than R&C’s 16%), looks to be a vibrant and humorous romp that captures the spirit of the apps while also managing to be its’ own thing. The Assassin’s Creed movie is also shaping up to be quite decent, with an all-star cast and some beautiful set design and intense action scenes going for it, with the same going to the Warcraft movie. Nintendo seems to be gaining more confidence of getting back into making non-Pokemon movies, and even plan to make some animated features of their own. Even the eventually-coming Sonic movie seems to have some talent going for it, with an insanely – skilled animation studio doing the VFX for it and two writers/producers who are actually lifelong fans of the franchise themselves.
At the end of the day, however, no one knows just how successful any of these films, the Tetris movie included, will turn out to be. So, the only thing we can really do right now is to wait and see.
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