Avi Arad Says More Video Game Movies On The Way

Published 5 years ago by

The Prince

Take this how you will, but as far as I’m concerned there is no such thing as a good video game movie. Thanks to one Uwe Boll, my opinion is one many gamers share (and movie goers for that matter), our dreams shattered time and time again by less then awful live action versions of some of our favorite video games.

Ah but there is a glimmer of hope.

Ari Arad said at the Milken Institute Global Conference:

“Very much like when we started with comics, we need one runaway success to make it very clear that this is a great source material.”

In just a month we’ll all be sitting in our local theater seeing what Jerry Bruckheimer can do with Prince of Persia. Could this be the “runaway hit” that the video game adaptation movement needs? Will it persuade producers to start approving the huge budgets needed to recreate a video game in the movie theater? I guess that will be up to audiences soon enough. However, it does seem to be doing the things right like having a credible director and producer on board as well as using the same writer who wrote the games.

If you’re wondering why the comic book guy is talking about video game movies when he’s producing the likes of the Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Man films, the answer is pretty simple. He’s also involved in the adaptions of several video game properties as well, big hits like Mass Effect, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and inFamous.

I’d just like to take a moment and reflect on the possibility of a Mass Effect movie

This is what the marriage between movies and games needs though! People who are passionate about it and people who are willing to treat it like an art form and not just a cash grab; thinking that us mindless gamers will only care about the next big explosion. However, what these studios have to realize is that games today, a lot of the time, have better story telling and character development than movies. Look at Mass Effect or Heavy Rain if you would think otherwise.

Okay, given the spotty history between games and movies, do you think there will be more game-based movies made in the future? Does that make you excited or wary?

Source: Kotaku

Side Note: Now if only the movie-based video game would take it up a notch. Though I don’t know if that will ever happen, I mean look at Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands. Ubisoft made the series and it still looks like a shitty movie tie in game!

TAGS: Prince of Persia, Ubisoft

  • http://twitter.com/MoonPioneer Ashley Gervais

    Pffft, Mortal Combat was one of the greatest movies of my childhood.

    • Jordan D

      Agreed. I also think the first Resident Evil movie was good.

    • !_!

      JC: Those were $500.00 sunglasses, ASSHOLE!!!!!
      Goro: Huh?

      • http://twitter.com/MoonPioneer Ashley Gervais

        I just used to act like I was Sonya Blade before I started to dye my hair. She was the greatest woman ever to me!

        @Jordan – RE was alright, not bad for a game-to-movie adaptation.

    • Rob_Keyes

      me too – the first one only though

  • Riley Little

    Please god no more Mario movies… maybe a Pixar Mario movie

  • Rob_Keyes

    “video games based on movies suck and movies based on video games suck” was a quote I included in a few of my posts in the past on the subject.

    That being said, the video game movie genre is the next comic book movie genre and we'll get a few over the next few years that break the mold of low quality.

    Studios, give me a call.

    • !_!

      yes, and while your at it make an ANIMATED FF9 movie 😀

  • KanTstandYa

    i say a dantes inferno movie would be the best by far only if its R OF COURSE but man that would be sweet.