“Hitman: Agent 47” is based on the game franchise of the same name by Square Enix and follows a cloned assassin (Rupert Friend) who belongs to the International Contracts Agency. It follows a previous film adaptation in 2007 starring Timothy Olyphant in the title role. Judging from the early reviews, it doesn’t look like “Hitman” is going to be an awards contender. Is there any hope for video game adaptations on the big screen?
Recent film history is filled with game adaptations that missed the mark with critics, like “Super Mario Bros.” (1993), “Street Fighter” (1994) and “Doom” (2005), to name a few. However, others have enjoyed financial success, if not acclaim: consider the “Resident Evil” horror franchise and the “Tomb Raider” films starring Angelina Jolie.
We asked our forum posters if there are any video games that have yet to be adapted for the big screen that really do have the potential to be great. Read some of their comments below, then join the discussion now.
Cheshire: I think the upcoming “Assassin’s Creed” and “Warcraft” movies have potential to be good. I would love to see an animated “Kingdom Hearts” movie.
Socra8a: A few weeks ago I finished “Xenoblade Chronicles” on the Wii. The story of that game blew me away big time; it’s pretty much against any idea conceived in the traditional JRPGs I’ve played before. I’d like to see some animated series about it, either adaptation from the game or a new story with the same themes.
ThePerksOfBeingAGriff: “Banjo Kazooie 64” would make and excellent movie franchise. Animated of course. Same with “Donkey Kong 64.” Both have excellent stories to them.
CanadianFan: Oh wow, a Studio Ghibli-like origin story of Link would be amazing! “Mass Effect” has so much material that could be mined for television … I think “Portal” would make a great 90-minute sci-fi indie flick, with a similar tone to “Ex Machina.”
Is it only a matter of time before a game adaptation because a critically acclaimed smash hit? Jump into our forums thread now where film fans are passionately discussing this topic.
Photo: Rupert Friend in “Hitman: Agent 47.” Credit: Moviestore/REX