Why aren't these 10 video game titles being made into movies?
Vote: Which adaptation would you like to see the most?
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This Friday, November 15th, marks the launch of the newest generation of Sony's PlayStation game console, the PlayStation 4, and next week will see Microsoft's Xbox One hit store shelves. Both are debuting with a slew of high profile titles, with more games due out in the coming months and high hopes for all the companies involved.
Video games, like it or not, are an ever-present part of our lives.
Evan Daugherty, who wrote the screenplay for the upcoming "Divergent," has also just written and directed four new shorts featuring characters from "Super Mario Bros." They may put a new spin on the mustachioed plumbers, the princess, and Toad, but certain elements of those characters are so ingrained into our culture that they still resonate; the characters are easily identifiable by vast swaths of the people, even if those people aren't "gamers."
Want another example? Next March will see Aaron Paul star in an adaptation of the "Need for Speed" video game franchise.
With greater and lesser success, many video games have been adapted for the big screen. The "Resident Evil" video game series has sparked an entire film franchise, Lara Croft is expected to return to films in the not too distant future after being played twice by Angelina Jolie, and an "Assassin's Creed" movie starring Michael Fassbender is coming in 2015.
But, is Hollywood making the right video games into movies? We aren't so sure. The gallery below features 10 different games (or franchises) that we think need to be turned into movies. Have rumors swirled about some of them becoming films in the past? Yes, but it's a far cry from development to theatrical release.
Which of the below titles would you like to see turned into movies? Sound off by voting in the poll below the gallery.
2014 | Documentary | TV-GSummary: Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this brilliantly-produced revival of Carl Sagan's ground-breaking science series.Director: n/a
Cast: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Stoney Emshwiller
1987 | Comedy | PGSummary: The life of super-yuppie J.C. is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a baby from a distant relative.Director: Charles Shyer
Cast: Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Harold Ramis, Kristina Kennedy
2004 | Fantasy | PGSummary: Ella of Frell is given the "gift of obedience" by a fairy, only to realize that it's more of a curse because it could separate her from her true love, Prince Charmont. Will Ella manage to conjure a "cure" that enables her to live happily ever after?Director: Tommy O'Haver
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Aidan McArdle
1994 | Drama | RSummary: Tim Burton plays a kindly man convicted of killing his wife who befriends an old prison inmate played by Morgan Freeman. Burton makes something like a home for himself in prison, until he reveals the ambition he has truly harbored for years.Director: Frank Darabont
Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
2014 | Documentary | PGSummary: Sobering and excellent documentary looks at the relationship between America's obsesity epidemic and our food industries.Director: Stephanie Soechtig
Cast: Michele Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton
2014 | Comedy | NRSummary: Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and ending in Capri.Director: Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner, Claire Keelan
1941 | Animation | GSummary: Humorist Robert Benchley attempts to find Walt Disney to ask him to adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would rather recite poetry than be ferocious. Along the way, he is given a tour of Walt Disney Studios, and learns about the animation process.Director: Hamilton Luske
Cast: Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford, Buddy Pepper, Nana Bryant
1954 | Thriller | NRSummary: Shadowy film noir featuring a murdered G-man and the FBI agent who takes on the murdered man’s unsolved cases -- which may just be related.Director: Arnold Laven
Cast: Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer
1978 | Music | PGSummary: Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance despite their eccentric friends?Director: Randal Kleiser
Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway
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