Saying that video game movies have a poor track record is a massive understatement, but that won’t prevent up-and-coming filmmakers, Hollywood or Uwe Boll from making more of them. Nevertheless, while most of these adaptations are treated like quick cash-ins filled with obscure references to the source material, poor acting, embarrassing special effects and other serious problems, some of the upcoming video game films sound promising. Below, I compiled a list with the movies that are coming out this year and please let me know if any of them catch your attention.
Update: Sony Pictures recently announced that Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will open on January 27th, 2017.
Angry Birds (May 20th, 2016)
The movie adaptation of Angry Birds was only a matter of time, since this is one of the most popular applications ever released. As you’d expect, this will be a three-dimensional CGI movie that retells the feud between birds and pigs. It’s hard to tell if the movie itself will be remotely interesting to watch, but I’m pretty sure that (like the rest of the Angry Birds franchise) it’ll make a lot of money. Apparently, some talented people are behind the Angry Birds movie, but it remains to be seen if this family friendly flick will be fun to watch or not.
Assassin’s Creed (December 21st, 2016)
It was a matter of time before this happened, but it seems like the Assassin’s Creed movie will finally come out in 2016. As of this writing, we have no idea where this movie will take place and what the story will be about. I assume it’ll follow the same structure as the games, so the protagonist will start in the modern-day and travel back in time to become an ancient assassin, but that’s personal conjecture.
Warcraft (June 10th, 2016)
Warcraft is based on the most popular massively multiplayer online video game ever made and it’s set to debut in 2016 after spending years in development. The theatrical trailer that came out a while ago was received positively by fans of the games, so that’s definitely a plus. Apart from the fact that it features the war between orcs and humans in the fantasy world of Azeroth there aren’t that many details about the plot. Hopefully this will be a strong fantasy adventure that anyone can enjoy.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (January 27th, 2017)
The Resident Evil series of films has been around for a long time, but as the name of the upcoming entry suggests, this is the final chapter. Although the Resident Evil movies have never excelled in quality, some of them were entertaining to watch due to their campy qualities. The Final Chapter will wrap the entire story which means that Milla Jovovich will be able to work on projects that don’t have zombies in them. Nevertheless, the Resident Evil franchise is so popular, that I wouldn’t be surprised if they reboot the movie franchise soon after The Final Chapter comes out.
Ratchet & Clank (April 29th, 2016)
Ratchet and Clank have been around for more than a decade and this time around they will appear in their own animated film. The two heroes are so likeable, charming and their sci-fi adventures are so relatable that I can’t understand why this movie didn’t happen sooner, but we don’t have to wait that much to watch it. Apparently, the story of the film follows that of the first game, which means that Ratchet and Clank team up to save the galaxy from the intergalactic businessman known as Chairman Drek.
Sly Cooper (2016)
Another platforming series from the PlayStation family. Honestly, I didn’t even remember that this movie was announced and that it’s supposed to come out sometime this year. Anyone who played the games probably remember that Sly Cooper features a motley crew of likeable thieves who steal from other evil criminals. Unlike the video games though, which used the cel-shaded graphics, the movie uses more realistic CGI visuals.
Dead Rising: Watchtower 2 (2016)
I must admit I was somewhat excited about Dead Rising: Watchtower, but the horror flick ended up relying on too many clichés and this made the movie unoriginal and generic. Hopefully, the sequel learned some lessons from its predecessor and will try to avoid some of those tropes. The only thing we know about Watchtower 2 is that it’s coming out some time in 2016, but that’s about it.
Here’s a list with movies that are coming out in 2017 and beyond, which is why they weren’t included in this article: Tomb Raider, Splinter Cell, Metal Gear Solid, Borderlands, Call of Duty, Shadow of the Colossus, Dead Island, Asteroids, BioShock, Deus Ex, Devil May Cry, Far Cry, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Gears of War, Ghost Recon, God of War, Gran Turismo, Halo, Raving Rabbids, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Heavy Rain, Kane and Lynch, Spy Hunter, Tekken, Watch Dogs, The Witcher, Uncharted, Mass Effect, Mostal Kombat, Minecraft, The Last of Us. Honestly, we don’t know anything about those films, so including them would have been pointless and it’s hard to corroborate how many of them are still in active development after their announcement.