Milla Jovovich is reprising her role as Alice, the slayer of the undead hordes, for the last time in “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.” The science fiction big screen offering is going to be the sixth and final installment of the “Resident Evil” movie franchise that is based on the Capcom survival horror game of the same name. Aside from the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed film that is slated for a Dec. 23, 2016 release, here are five other upcoming movie adaptations of hit video games that you should watch out for:
“Mortal Kombat” - 2017
Looks like “Mortal Kombat” fans have not seen the last of their favorite characters on the big screen yet as it was previously confirmed that “Furious 7” director James Wan is going to helm the standalone reboot that should be hitting cinemas come 2017 — exactly two decades since the 1997 follow-up “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” to the 1995 movie was released.
While Wan, who is also known for his work in the “Insidious” and “The Conjuring” movies, is going to direct the movie, David Callaham from “The Expendables” fame and Oren Uziel, who wrote the “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” short film, are going to pen the script, as reported by CinemaBlend in 2015.
No other official details about the New Line Cinema movie has been released as of late. However, just this July, the rumor mill spewed unconfirmed info on who are possibly onboard to play the famous “Mortal Kombat” characters.
NowLoading.co has reported that the actors who are rumored to be part of the are Vin Diesel (Shao Khan), Megan Fox (Kitana), Robin Shou (Shang Tsung), Daniel Wu (Liu Kang), Manu Bennett (Kano), Scott Adkins (Johnny Cage), Jason Momoa (Nightwolf), Tony Jaa (Scorpion), Ronda Rousey (Sonya Blade), Michael Jai White (Jax), Iko Uwais (Sub-Zero) and Liam Neeson (Raiden).
Unfortunately, since no confirmation regarding the casting has been provided as of late, the list of actors should be taken with a pinch of salt.
"Sonic the Hedgehog" - 2018
Sega’s blue speedster Sonic the Hedgehog, who is also the titular character of the Japanese company’s hit video game franchise, is making his way to the big screen this 2018, with SEGA CEO Hajime Satomi confirming the production of the film early this year.
"Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid Sonic The Hedgehog movie scheduled for release in 2018. Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved,” Saito was quoted as saying to The World Folio in February.
According to ComingSoon.Net, the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie was initially announced in summer 2014, with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Marza Animation Planet and SEGA SAMMY Group’s animation department revealing at the time that they have partnered to produce a film based on “Sonic the Hedgehog.”
GameSpot has learned that the upcoming movie is going to be the first feature film of Sonic the Hedgehog, and fans can expect to see their well-loved gaming character in an environment that combines animation and live-action.
"Tomb Raider" - March 16, 2018
Apparently, Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft is no more, but fans of the “Tom Raider” movie franchise can still see their favorite English archaeologist-adventurer returning to the big screen in 2018. In April, “The Danish Girl” actress Alicia Vikander was announced to play the lead for the “Tomb Raider” reboot that is being made by MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films.
Norwegian director Roar Uthaug, famous for “The Wave” is going to helm the reboot, as per Deadline, while Graham King is producing. The decision to reboot the famous movie adaptation of the game that was originally published in 1996 came after GK Films obtained the film rights for it from Square Enix back in 2011.
In July of this year, The Verge found out that the new “Tomb Raider” has been given a release date and it is on March 16, 2018, which is five years after the gaming franchise was rebooted in 2013 with “Tomb Raider” and “Rise of the Tomb Raider.”
"Five Nights at Freddy's" - 2017
“Five Nights at Freddy’s” quickly skyrocketed to being a cult hit ever since it was launched in summer 2014. The premise of the game is, after all, one that surely captures the attention of many, but is not something that is advisable for the faint-hearted. The popular horror game may be disturbing, granting that a demonic pizza bear and his wacko animatronic friends are out to murder players, but this did not stop gamers from patronizing it.
Because of its considerable success, Warner Bros. has reportedly stepped in to purchase the rights so it could produce a movie based on “Five Nights at Freddy’s.” CinemaBlend reported last year that Roy Lee, who is responsible for “Bates Motel,” “Run All Night” and the upcoming “Death Note” movie, has joined the team that will be producing the movie adaptation.
Seth Grahame-Smith from KatzSmith Productions, who is also producing the upcoming movie, even teased fans that “Five Nights at Freddy’s” is going to be “an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie” when he spoke with The Hollywood Reporter in 2015. No details on the possible release date of the film is out as of late.
"Minecraft" - May 24, 2019
Mojang’s very successful sandbox video game is also being adapted for the big screen. Rob McElhenney is going to pen and direct the movie, which already has an official release date. Taking to its official website this past June, Mojang revealed that the “Minecraft” movie is hitting cinemas on May 24, 2019.
As per The Verge, “Minecraft” is being produced by Warner Bros. and it is set for release in 3D and IMAX. The news and product information site also reported, citing a Collider interview with producer Roy Lee, that the makers of the film and the game designers are collaborating for the project.
"[Mojang] can give us insight into future updates so we can put things into the movie around the same time they relaunch newer versions of the game, and at the same time, potentially taking ideas from the movie and putting them into the game,” Lee said in February.