I’m expecting the genre of video game adaptations to blow up within the next few years. Projects like the Duncan Jones directed Warcraft, the Michael Fassbender led Assassin’s Creed, and even Doug Liman’s Splinter Cell (starring Tom Hardy) all have big time potential to inject new life into the genre.
It all starts with next year’s Warcraft, which is already buzzing with its amazing visual effects. I’m predicting this film to be a massive hit, and if it does so it’ll give other studios the courage to greenlight other video game adaptations (like 20th Century Fox’s long delayed Halo film). One studio who senses a surge of video games in Hollywood is Nintendo, who’s president (Shigeru Miyamoto) has clear intentions of expanding the company’s IP (via. Fortune).
“As we look more broadly at what is Nintendo’s role as an entertainment company, we’re starting to think more and more about how movies can fit in with that—and we’ll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future.”
Could we see the emergence of a Nintendo Studios within the next couple of years? It depends on how many movies they could actually make. I don’t think Nintendo has nearly as many characters as say Marvel, but then again I only know like 10 or 12 characters.
What I do know is fans would be open to another Super Mario Brothers movie. In the right hands, it can become a viable franchise. Then there’s Star Fox, which can be successful when looking at last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
All I know right now is Nintendo has their sights set on expanding into Hollywood. We may get our first true glimpse of that, with Wreck it Ralph 2 featuring Mario as a main character. In your opinion, what Nintendo characters would make a successful transition into their own movie? Let us know your thoughts!