Beating Mario to the screen
Let’s see how this works out
Sony gave it up
Beating Mario to the screen
It seems like it’s been ages since we first heard that SEGA was working on producing a big-budget Sonic the Hedgehog movie, but production has very steadily been moving along over all this time. The last major news about the project was that Paramount had brought it back from the brink and would be handling the...
Let’s see how this works out
Last week, we received the news that Ryan Reynolds would be voicing the starring role of Detective Pikachu in the upcoming movie. Following on from previous news, it seems that the film has more or less filled out its cast and is nearing the production phase of development. To back this up, word has recently broken...
Production on the upcoming live-action Detective Pikachu movie has been progressing at a slow and steady rate, but the actor behind the titular role has been kept tightly under wraps until now. The running joke on the internet was that Danny DeVito should be the one, but it would of course be fascinating to see who would be picked...
Justice for all
Fans have been pretty vocal over their shock at Pikachu’s sudden speaking role in the new animated Pokémon movie, but that certainly isn’t the first time that we’ve heard of the little yellow mouse thing talking. A live action Pokémon movie—Detective Pikachu—is currently in the pre-production process, and it seems like...
Not long to go!
It seems like a lifetime ago that we first found out about the Detective Pikachu movie; over a year has passed since Legendary Pictures secured the rights to the franchise. The project finally seems to be going ahead, though, as a production listing for the movie has been created stating that filming will begin on January 15, 2018 in...
Sony gave it up
It seems that the upcoming live action/CGI Hollywood Sonic movie has been toiling around in development hell for quite some time, but every now and then it makes a little bit of progress forward. Though it doesn’t sound like it’s going to actually be happening anytime soon—definitely not in time for that ‘2018’ release...
Script is in the process of being written now
For quite a while now, there’s been plenty of talk about the Mega Man movie which has been in and out of development hell. This past summer, however, some meaningful progress was made this summer as the project reportedly picked up its writers and directors. Their inclusion has now been confirmed and...
Directors are in final talks
With perhaps a few exceptions that have been so-so, movies based on video game properties have almost consistently been terrible adaptations. Perhaps this is due to how an interactive medium doesn’t translate to smoothly to one which is strictly visual, but even more plot-driven franchises like Assassin’s Creed have...
Written out of history
There are three things you can be sure of in life: death, taxes and a new Pokémon movie every few years. The next cinematic outing for the juggernaut than is the Pokémon brand - subtitled "I Choose You!" - is getting hyped up in Japan at present, and seeks to re-tell the famous Indigo League series - which is...
"On the souls of my children, I haven’t watched it"
It's hard to believe that The King of Kong is a decade old now. A seminal work in the history of video game movies, it presented a thrilling David and Goliath tale which focused on humble schoolteacher Steve Wiebe's dream of being the world high score holder for Nintendo's arcade smash Donkey...
Because why not
Movies based on video games have a habit of being somewhat inconsistent; for every decent effort there are countless terrible examples which totally fail to live up to the promise of the source material. We'll let you decide which camp the upcoming Contra flick will fall into. The script - by Beijing Starlit Movie and TV...
Wreck-It Ralph was one of the stand-out animated movies of 2012, following the adventures of an arcade video game villain through various game worlds. As expected, there was plenty of fan service to be found, with cameos and references galore, and we're about to get a whole lot more next year in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It...
Rise from your couch
Way back in 2014 we reported that various Sega properties were being considered for TV and even movies. It sounds like these projects are one step closer to becoming a reality as two classic Sega properties - Altered Beast and Streets of Rage - have been added to the slate of Circle of Confusion (Fear The Walking Dead) and...
Say hello to Rob Letterman
Legendary Entertainment has confirmed that Rob Letterman will be directing the live-action Pokémon movie Detective Pikachu. Letterman has helmed projects such as Goosebumps, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Gulliver's Travels and Shark Tale, the latter of which he wrote as well as directed. He is also currently attached to a new...
Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk the dinosaur
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve26GpPDTgY Our good chum The Gaming Historian is back, this time bringing us a detailed and insightful look at the train wreck that was 1993's The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Billed as Nintendo's first step into the world of Hollywood after dominating the...
Funnyman Steve Carell is close to signing on for Warner's upcoming cinematic adaption of the popular video game Minecraft, according to Variety. Carell is perhaps most famous for starring in the American version of The Office, and has been in several big Hollywood movies since then, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Evan Almighty,...
As many of you are no doubt aware, there seems to be something of a curse on film adaptations of video games. It seems that very few of these types of movies are commercial successes and even fewer are critical success, due to a variety of factors. While arguably no company has managed to crack this problem yet, Sega's going to be taking...
Movie looks set to be Legendary
The Pokémon brand is so hot right now thanks to the incredible success of Pokémon GO, so the race is on to produce the live-action Pokémon movie while the hype train is running at full steam. Legendary Entertainment is partnering with The Pokémon Company to launch the first live-action Pokemon film franchise with...
And the first movie is… Detective Pikachu
A few months back, there were rumours of multiple film companies battling it out for the rights to produce silver screen films based on Nintendo's popular Pokémon franchise. Things quieted down for a bit, but the dust got kicked up again in more recent times with the runaway success of Pokémon GO. Now,...
"We really thought we’d end up walking"
While the Super Mario Bros. movie has gone down as something of a cult classic with Nintendo fans, its production was troubled, reviews were uniformly terrible and it bombed at the box office. Director Rocky Morton had to deal with a shifting script, difficult actors and a studio which kept interfering, and...
And, of course, it will be a trilogy
It could certainly be argued that the original Game Boy owes a large chunk of its initial success to Tetris. Released as a pack-in game with every Game Boy, the simple yet addictive falling block game took the world by storm, instantly cementing itself as a large piece of gaming history. Tetris has sold hundreds...
Please don't mess it up, please don't mess it up…
For decades now, movie adaptations of video games have been "cursed" to mediocrity. While some video game movies have done pretty well at the box office, it generally seems like they're not very well received critically and usually fizzle out fairly quickly. Of course, Nintendo contributed to this...
Didn't expect that
The first trailer for the Hollywood adaptation of Ubisoft's popular Assassin's Creed has been published online. Starring Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Irons and Ariane Labed, the film appears to be based on the first Assassin's Creed game, although the setting has been shifted to Spain during the infamous Spanish Inquisition. While...
Sega's iconic Shinobi franchise is being turned into a Hollywood movie, Deadline is reporting. Shinobi began life as an arcade release in 1987 and spawned several sequels, including Revenge of Shinobi and Shinobi III on the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis and - more recently - Shinobi on t
Too good to be true?
The Pokémon cartoon has been very successful on television in all territories, capturing the minds of viewers young and old. Each year, there is also one new Pokémon movie that usually centers around a particular legendary or special Pokémon, but these are usually fairly small scale releases. Outside of Japan, these Pokémon...
V for Vendetta
As some of you may be aware, the Resident Evil series has had some extensive forays into films. While the live-action ones certainly haven't done too well critically, the two CGI films – Resident Evil: Degeneration and Resident Evil: Damnation – were at least received a little more warmly. Perhaps in an effort to make the best of...
Producer claims that it'll be aimed at the Jurassic World audience
Minecraft has gone on to become quite a success, spawning countless multimedia spinoffs, not to mention the fact that it's one of the best-selling games of all time. Of course, it was inevitable that there would be a movie made about it someday, and while the upcoming film is still...
"That was a huge risk for Marvel, but they did it and look at them now"
Two leading Hollywood producers are of the opinion that Nintendo should get into movies on its own terms, emulating the trailblazing approach taken by comic giant Marvel. Dissatisfied with outside attempts to adapt its properties for the big screen, Marvel put the rights to ten...
Sony Pictures making a live-action and animation hybrid
We reported that Sony Pictures is working on a Sonic movie back in 2014, but things have gone a bit quiet since then. However, thanks to a recent interview with Sega Sammy Holdings President and CEO Hajime Satomi, we now know that the film will be arriving on silver screens in 2018: Sega...
Higher ticket sales, but lower takings
The world may be gripped by Star Wars fever at the moment but in Japan, the most-seen movie didn't feature lightsabers or X-Wings, but mischievous ghosts and magical timepieces. More tickets were sold for Yo-Kai Watch the Movie 2: King Enma and the 5 Stories, Nyan! than Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but due to...
It's all falling into place
While we've had movies based on video games in the past, there seems to be a current trend for films which are about gaming rather than taking a property like Street Fighter or Super Mario Bros. and using the plot as a basis for a popcorn-based entertainment. The acclaimed documentary King of Kong arguably paved the way,...
Skylanders and Call of Duty are first up
Activision has no shortage of big hitter video game franchises, but it's a fairly safe bet that Skylanders and Call of Duty are the biggest successes to come from the company. It seems that Activision wants to continue to hit new heights and has just recently announced that it's opening Activision Blizzard...
In space, no one can hear you turn into a morph ball
Let's face it - Metroid would make a brilliant movie. A strong female lead, sinister alien forces and entire universe to explore; the franchise is ripe for the Hollywood treatment. Perhaps one day it will happen, but for now we'll have to take this stunning fan-made short, which stars video gaming...
Not an interactive one this time
Dragon's Lair will forever have a place in video game folklore for offering an experience which - at the time of release - was simply mind-blowing. Back in 1983 gamers were used to crude and blocky visuals with beeps and chirps for sound, but Dragon's Lair offered movie-quality animation and audio. The catch was...
"We'll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future"
When video game movies are highlighted, there's often an air of negativity around the end results. The response to the Super Mario Bros. movie wasn't overwhelmingly positive in the '90s, and in broader terms we've seen commercial successes with Resident Evil but also a whole load...
Nintendo only agreed if DK would be treated with respect
The Pixels movie certainly has a creative plot. When aliens intercept video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack Earth using the games as models. This leaves the President of the United States no option but to recruit a team of old-school...
Might a certain Nintendo character have a cameo this time?
Wreck-It Ralph was one of the animated movie highlights of 2012. It's the story of a video game villain (not unlike Donkey Kong) who just wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfil his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the arcade where he lives. On paper the movie sounds like it would be a...
For the love of the find
Kickstarter-funded movie Nintendo Quest isn't exactly a documentary about NES games. They're definitely in the film; don't worry about that. You'll see so many shelves and boxes and displays chock full of gray cartridges that they'll dance behind your eyelids whenever you close them. But those who expect huge reels of play...
There are multiple reasons
Last year Sony Pictures was hacked, and thousands of emails were stolen and effectively used as weapons against executives, film-makers and those within that creative industry. Saucy emails were shared showing executives bashing movie stars, and there were even leaks related to talks that had taken place with regards to...
Entertainment boffin Evan Cholfin Overseeing adaptations
Following the news that Sony Pictures and Nintendo are apparently close to signing a deal to make a new Super Mario movie, it has been revealed that Sega is also looking to exploit its portfolio of famous gaming properties in the field of film and television. As reported by Variety, media
Leaked emails suggest the deal is close to being complete
It may be a cult classic but the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie was a critical and commercial bomb. Despite the fairly obvious lesson that the Mushroom Kingdom and Hollywood don't mix, it would appear that the movie industry's memory is a short one; Sony Pictures is apparently very close to...
"This is not a movie," Max Landis admits
1993's Super Mario Bros. movie is generally regarded as a failure — both commercially and critically — but it has nevertheless gone on to become something of a cult classic. However, we're not sure the same would ever have been said about Max Landis' proposed movie adaptation of Super Mario World, which...
"This Ain’t No Video Game"
Yesterday we posted that everyone’s favourite plumber's live action big screen adventure Super Mario Bros gets its long-awaited UK Blu-ray release in November. With an all-star cast, including the legendary Bob Hoskins alongside John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper, not only does this madcap caper get the high-def...
$15,000 being asked for
Remember The Power of Glove, a documentary we reported on a while back? The project has been on hold for a while, but the team behind it is now ready to add the finishing touches and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds. The film is aimed at celebrating the history of this much-maligned...
"Universal didn't want me to direct it"
Back in late 1989, the world was a vastly different place. George Bush had just won the US presidential election. Children's movies allowed for minor vulgarity and subjects that could be featured in said films before our world was thrown into a realm of sensitivity. Slash was still the guitarist for Guns N'...
That's mega, man
Mighty No. 9 — perhaps better known as Keiji Infafune's spiritual successor to Mega Man — is still in active development following its triumphant Kickstarter campaign, but the fact that no one has actually played it yet hasn't stopped associated projects from springing up. Tim Carter — writer & producer over at...
"At the time it looked like the coolest thing humankind had ever produced"
We recently reported on The Power of Glove, a documentary about one of the most notable Nintendo accessories of all time: The Power Glove. We got a chance to sit down and chat with the team behind the film — Adam Ward, Andrew Austin And Paula Kosowski — about their...
From small screen to silver screen
Ubisoft has revealed that it is in the process of preparing big-screen interpretations of its Watch_Dogs, Rabbids and Far Cry properties. This trio of potential films joins Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon, all of which are in the early stages of development. The French publisher is packaging the...
You know you want it
Earlier today we shared John Leguizamo's thoughts on the Super Mario Bros. live-action movie, as a special screening celebrated the movie's 20th Anniversary. It divides critics, but does enjoy a cult-status and loyal following. Scripted by Steven Applebaum and Ryan Hoss, with the story by Parker Bennett, a new webcomic will...
The actor who played Luigi gives his 20th anniversary speech
As you may or may not be aware, the Super Mario Bros. live-action movie is now two decades old. Attacked by critics and gamers alike when it originally hit cinemas, the film has nonetheless gained a cult following in the past twenty years. LA's Nuart Theatre played host to a special...
Possibly more than it deserves?
Twenty years ago, Mario and Luigi starred in a pretty dismal Hollywood movie which almost ruined the career of Harold Ramis and still annoys star Bob Hoskins even today. However, there are still plenty of people who grew up loving the film — in the same way you come to love a tatty old teddy from your childhood, we...
Blu-Ray and digital launch expected this year, too
Those of you with exceptionally good powers of recollection will no doubt remember that we reported on the production of 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience last year. A love letter to the coin-op scene in Japan, the film has been completed thanks to two IndieGoGo campaigns which raised a...
You've got red on you
We've all heard of life imitating art, but what about art imitating art? That's exactly what has happened with ZombiU, as it gives the player a cricket bat as their only melee option — a loving nod to the seminal 2004 British horror comedy Shaun of the Dead. In case you haven't seen it, the film focuses on one man's quest...
It's good to be bad
The film and television industry is traditionally content to boss over video games: movie adaptations of popular gaming franchises are more often than not sub-par, while other projects reference games lazily without any real understanding of the medium. Outside of documentaries like Indie Game: The Movie and more careful...
A true gentleman never disappoints his fans
Puzzle 001: How do you adapt a best-selling puzzle series for the big screen? The answer? Bring the puzzles along for the ride. For most movies, shoehorning in memorable gameplay elements hasn't always worked out as planned — the first-person shooting segment from Doom was lampooned by many viewers,...
Phoenix's début on the big screen makes a good case
While the video game and movie industries have arguably managed to advance and make some great strides over the last few years, the same can't be said for their offspring. Whether it be the sexy archaeological adventures of Lara Croft, or the hard-hitting, guns-a-blazing ways of Agent 47, most...
We've been here before, haven't we?
Hollywood loves video games. It simply cannot get enough of them, and constantly picks up well-known franchises in order to churn out dumb action movies with wafer-thin story-lines and terrible special effects. There are few truly successful examples, and those which do fare well commercially - such as Paul W.S...
Run to the hills
Despite the sheer volume of duds and the critical mauling they invariably receive, Hollywood still seems obsessed with tapping into video game culture and creating movies based on well-known gaming franchises. The failures of Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Dead or Alive and Alone in the Dark have done nothing is dampen the...
"Bowser's much bigger than that. He's way bigger than Zangief"
Forthcoming Disney CGI flick Wreck-It Ralph looks like it's going to be a laugh-riot, largely because it features an absolutely obscene number of video game cameos from the likes of Street Fighter, Q*Bert and Pac-Man. A heart-warming tale of a video game villain who yearns to become a...
Bowser will be making a return to cinema screens for the first time since that live action movie in Wreck-It Ralph, Disney's new computer generated film that's out later this year. Poor old Ralph has been stuck doing the same old job for 30 years: smashing up buildings in an Rampage-style arcade game. Bored of being the bad guy that nobody...
Upcoming Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph will feature a cameo from the Koopa King himself. Bowser will appear in the movie, due out in November, alongside an unnamed ghost from Pac-Man (we're hoping for Clyde). We don't know how the two fit in, but previous reports suggested a panel of villains — including Dr. Eggman — would...
A new documentary exploring Japan's still-thriving arcade scene is about to hit the 'net. 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience — a reference to the nationwide shortage of 100 Yen coins following the release of the original Space Invaders — investigates what's helped Japanese arcades stay alive, while those in the West have all-but...
Looks like it
Disney's new animated film, Wreck-It Ralph, is about a video game villain who unleashes a powerful enemy from a first-person shooter. According to these scans from D23 magazine, the movie might have an all-star cast of nemeses, too. This picture — reportedly of the movie, though admittedly not the finest quality — shows Bowser, Dr...
Super-rare Pokémon Victini saw a limited release when Pokémon Black and White earlier this year, and now the little monster is rested and ready to make another appearance this weekend. From Saturday, Victini will be distributed via Nintendo WiFi Connection, complete with a pretty powerful move set: Fusion Bolt, Fusion Flare, V-Create and Searing Shot are all in the Victory Pokémon's..
After a successful première at New York Comic Con, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva is set for a DVD release in just a few days. VIZ Media has announced the film will see release North America on 8th November, with a recommended retail price of $19.97 U.S. or $19.98 CAN, though you can buy it direct for $14.99. It'll be...
Another feather in the 3DS's cap
While free video content have started being rolled out to Japanese and European 3DS users, the subscription-based Netflix streaming service has launched on the North American Nintendo eShop, allowing existing Netflix members on the $7.99 price plan and upwards to stream content onto their 3DS consoles. In Nintendo's press release, an interesting nugget of..
Wait until you see Edgeworth
Japan's appetite for all things Ace Attorney continues, as Capcom and director Takashi Miike announce a joint project to bring the offbeat detective series to the silver screen. The appointment of Miike as director is an interesting choice, as his past work spans everything from Yatterman to the severely gory Ichi the Killer. With Ace Attorney Investigations 2 not..
Movies on the go
Wii received Netflix support some time ago, and both Nintendo and Netflix are obviously keen on the two firms working together again as Satoru Iwata has just announced the video streaming service is coming to Nintendo 3DS this summer. All users with an unlimited plan for $7.99 a month or above will be able to stream movies and TV shows straight to their 3DS consoles through any..
We catch up with Alexis and Hank at the film's Brooklyn premiere
The saga over high scores in Donkey Kong is no longer a tale of two dudes. While most of us came to know the world of modern day Donkey Kongers through the epic rivalry between Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchelll, it wasn't long before a third player emerged out of left field. Hank Chien, a plastic surgeon from New York, shattered both of..
Strong third-party support boasted again
3DS already has the support of major third-party publishers including Ubisoft, EA, Sega, Capcom and plenty more, but Satoru Iwata has spelled out the level of commitment from overseas companies, saying the console has more support than the DS did before launch. To say the least, our overseas publishers are not taking a passive approach to Nintendo 3DS at..
Nintendo gives a round-up of classic moments
Some of these Super Mario Bros. glitches will be familiar to experienced gamers, but some might reveal hitherto unknown secrets about the little plumber's big adventure. Witness a tiny Mario using the Fire Flower, Koopa Troopas walking in mid-air and plenty of other little oddities that may shed new light on a title we all know inside and out.
Clue: it's not the quality of the film
Feel like your DVD collection is missing something, but you're not sure what? Here's the answer: the newly re-released Super Mario Bros. Movie, available once again in glorious DVD-o-vision. First released on DVD back in 2003, the disc contained no extra features so surely a re-release would sort that, particularly considering the abundance of archive..
Just as well, as it doesn't play DVDs
European film fans will probably be familiar with Lovefilm, an online DVD and game rental service with some 1.4 million members across Europe. Primarily built on discs and web-based viewing, the service has now signed an agreement with Widevine to allow Wii owners a chance to watch movies online through their...
Perhaps the Professor can crack the code for a good game movie
The only thing worse than a video game based on a movie is a movie based on a video game, right? Sure, some are so bad they're good, but in our opinion, there really hasn't been a true high-quality game-to-film adaptation to date. Perhaps, though, just perhaps, someone may have solved the cinematic adaptation puzzle. Professor Layton,..
Ghostbusters star almost ruined his career with unwanted live-action film
Hollywood writer-director (and sometimes actor) Harold Ramis has enjoyed a particularly successful career; not only did he land the role of paranormal investigator Dr. Egon Spengler in the hit '80s flick Ghostbusters (which he also co-wrote), he has directed such classics as...
The Belmont's Hollywood debut is cancelled
Although Hollywood's track record with video game adaptations has been less than impressive over the years (see Super Mario Bros. for proof) we have to admit we were a little excited about Paul W. S. Anderson's proposed Castlevania movie. Announced back in 2005, the film was due to begin production in 2006...
Tokyo Gore Police has the bloodiest Wii cameo yet
I watched Tokyo Gore Police last night via Netflix after having it sit on my desk for about two weeks. Or rather, I should say tried to watch it, as I shut it off about halfway through after a particularly nasty appendage-removal scene. For those that don't know about the movie, it's a Japanese Troma-style gorefest about bio-enhanced bad guys and..
Customer survey proposes video-on-demand service for Nintendo's little white box
A recent customer survey from online DVD vendors Netflix suggests that the company may be expanding their service to Nintendo Wii owners in the future. The subscription-based service, available to Xbox 360 owners since late November, would "offer its members the ability to watch movies & TV episodes instantly..
Craving Resident Evil, bored of waiting for Resident Evil 5? Sony & Capcom give you the latest injection to the franchise, CGI movie Resident Evil: Degeneration
A zombie attack brings chaos to Harvardville Airport. Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who fought the sinister Umbrella Corporation during the Raccoon City tragedy 7 years ago, are back. In high-octane Resident Evil style, they're ready..
Forget all you've been told. This film kicks all kinds of ass
In a world where everyone seems to have an opinion and they’re all too happy to force it upon others, it’s worth remembering that when judging something (be it a book, film or videogame) it all depends on your connection with that particular piece of media. For example, watching a...
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