I will admit that I am always worried when a video game I love is getting a TV or movie adaptation. I question whether they will really get the story or the characters right. But recently with adaptations like Castlevania and the Tomb Raider reboot, we have something to look forward to. Now not all upcoming movies look amazing, but let’s have some hope. Here are nine video game franchises that will hopefully grace the small or large screens in the upcoming years.
I have never wanted a movie to happen more than I want for Uncharted. First announced sometime back in 2008, it has been in development limbo ever since. They recently just lost director Travis Knight after scheduling conflicts with Tom Holland. Of course this didn’t slow Sony down as they already had eyes on Ruben Fleischer. Can we just all agree that we will be happy when this movie is finally released?
Uncharted currently has a release date for 2021.
The popular franchise from Capcom, Monster Hunter has been working on this movie adaptation for quite a few years, and it is finally ready to release. Staring Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa, the story follows a group of soldiers who are transported to this new world. Well with this new world comes the dangers of these new creatures that have an immense amount of power and unstoppable attacks. Honestly like a good monster film, I am expecting more action from the big guys than their human co-stars.
Monster Hunter is set to release on September 4, 2020.
Minecraft The Movie
I’m a firm believer that if you don’t know what Minecraft is than you probably live under a rock. The upcoming movie adaptation of this beloved franchise will be a live action telling of a girl and her friends against the Ender Dragon. I am really hoping that this will feature more action than its video game counterpart. News regarding the film dates back to 2014 including Steve Carrell joining and leaving the project. So here is to hoping it finally gets into gear!
Minecraft The Movie is set to release on March 4, 2022.
Tomb Raider 2
I can’t say I was ever a huge fan of the Tomb Raider franchise movie adaptations, however I did enjoy the 2018 reboot far more than the original. With the recent popularity of the 2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider, it was bound to spark another film. Alicia Vikander will be reprising her role as Lara Croft in the upcoming movie adaptation. However, beyond that, the plot and fellow co-stars are pretty unknown. Regardless if it is anything like the first one, it is bound to be good.
Tomb Raider 2 is set to release on March 19. 2021.
Devil May Cry
Not to be mistaken for the anime adaptation that has already been released, this TV adaptation for Netflix is brand new. This adaptation will be done by Adi Shankar, the executive producer of the already popular Castlevania series. This gives me high hopes that we are going to get an version worthy of being apart of the Devil May Cry franchise. Dark, gruesome and full of action. It will be interesting to see just where in the story they decide to start.
Devil May Cry will release on Netflix, but the date is still to be determined.
I was one of those people who really liked the Resident Evil movies. There I said it. Now that the world knows, can I say how excited I am that we are getting a new TV adaptation! With the hype surrounding the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remakes, now is the time to do it. Plus with how dark Netflix has been known to go, this would be the perfect franchise to work with. Regardless of what story they decide to tell, I just hope my man Nemesis gets to make an appearance.
Resident Evil will release on Netflix, but the date is still to be determined.
Final Fantasy XIV
There is no final story in the Final Fantasy franchise is there? Well that is okay with me! Announced last year, Sony plans on crafting a new story, but this time for TV. The story will share the same world as Final Fantasy XIV known as Eorzea, but anything past that is unknown. It is still really early to have any set plans for casting or storyline, so we just have to wait. Final Fantasy XIV is a widely popular game, but we the new Final Fantasy VII Remake coming out, it could really help the hype. There is no news on where this will air, but I would be happy if they could do a TV and movie adaptation.
No release date has been set for Final Fantasy XIV.
Sonic The Hedgehog
You knew it was coming. While our furry blue friend may not have had the initial style we had hoped (I still have nightmares of him), he sure has come a long way. Sonic The Hedgehog is actually looking to be a pretty good movie adaptation. With Jim Carrey and James Marsden supporting the film, how bad can it really be? The movie will follow Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) as he hides away on Earth to avoid the people after his powers. Well now he has to join his new best friend to stop the evil Dr. Robotnik from taking over the world.
Sonic the Hedgehog is set to release on February 14, 2020. Keep up with the official Sonic Twitter to keep up on the news!
What upcoming TV and movie adaptations of your favorite video game franchises are you most looking forward to?
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