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Artist Imagines What A Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Movie Trailer From Studio Ghibli Might Look Like

Back in 2015, artist Matt Vince put together a series faux movie posters imagining a Studio Ghibli take on The Legend of Zelda. Vince took things a step forward recently, by creating a trailer for his Ghibli Zelda movie.

You can check out the video below which marries Vince's art with a solemn, piano rendition of some familiar Zelda music. Its resemblance to a Ghibil movie, (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) really is uncanny. Zelda is a franchise I don't know that I ever actually want to see adapted into a film, but if it were to be done, I think I would be happy if it looked like this.

For more from Vince, you can check out his Tumblr page here.

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Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie Is Coming To U.S. Theaters

Count Yo-Kai Watch among the Japanese multimedia properties that have reached the "film hitting U.S. theaters" milestone.

Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie, which puts the characters from the Yo-Kai Watch TV series (currently airing on Disney XD) on the big screen, will be hitting U.S. theaters on October 15. You may want to snatch tickets to your local showing quickly, though, as the film had the highest gross of any Japanese film last year and this a special one-day event. You can grab tickets from Fathom events, which will show the film in 300 theaters nationwide, here. Those who attend a screening will receive a special Hovernyan Yo-kai Medal (while supplies last, of course), and see content exclusive to theaters.

You can read Kyle Hilliard's review of the first Yo-Kai Watch game here, and read about how it compares to Pokémon here

 

Our Take
I'm admittedly not super-knowledgeable about Yo-Kai Watch, but the film coming to U.S. theaters is a sign of how big this series is now. I am, however, a little disappointed they didn't stick to the original Japanese title, "It's the Secret of Birth, Meow!" 

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Report: Uncharted Movie Delayed Indefinitely, But Not Dead

Sony's film adaptation of Uncharted was originally planned for next Summer, but the movie has temporarily been removed from the calendar.

Deadline reports that the movie is not dead – it has just had its date removed in order to give it more development time. In this way, the film seems to be drawing strongly from the source material.

The film's writer, Joe Carnahan, recently tweeted about the film's opening with some clear excitement.

Carnahan is also a director with credits including The A-Team, The Grey, and the upcoming Bad Boys sequel, Bad Boys for Life. That film is due in 2018 and there is speculation that the removal of Uncharted's date may be in order to make sure Carnahan can direct the film, when his schedule allows.

For more on the Uncharted movie, head here.

[Source: Deadline]

 

Our Take
In and around 2011, director David O. Russell was working on an Uncharted film project. His proposed Uncharted movie starred Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake and followed a family of treasure hunters. Many cried foul over how different this had the potential to be from the games, but that's still the Uncharted movie I would like to see. Russell is a great director – the best of those proposed for Uncharted to date – and an Uncharted story about a family of treasure hunters is pretty much what Uncharted 4 was, and it was great. That version of the movie is almost certainly dead and buried, but it is still the one I was most interested in actually watching.

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Report: Uncharted Movie Delayed Indefinitely, But Not Dead

Sony's film adaptation of Uncharted was originally planned for next Summer, but the movie has temporarily been removed from the calendar.

Deadline reports that the movie is not dead – it has just had its date removed in order to give it more development time. In this way, the film seems to be drawing strongly from the source material.

The film's writer, Joe Carnahan, recently tweeted about the film's opening with some clear excitement.

Carnahan is also a director with credits including The A-Team, The Grey, and the upcoming Bad Boys sequel, Bad Boys for Life. That film is due in 2018 and there is speculation that the removal of Uncharted's date may be in order to make sure Carnahan can direct the film, when his schedule allows.

For more on the Uncharted movie, head here.

[Source: Deadline]

 

Our Take
In and around 2011, director David O. Russell was working on an Uncharted film project. His proposed Uncharted movie starred Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake and followed a family of treasure hunters. Many cried foul over how different this had the potential to be from the games, but that's still the Uncharted movie I would like to see. Russell is a great director – the best of those proposed for Uncharted to date – and an Uncharted story about a family of treasure hunters is pretty much what Uncharted 4 was, and it was great. That version of the movie is almost certainly dead and buried, but it is still the one I was most interested in actually watching.

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Ben Affleck Teases Deathstroke For Upcoming DC Movie

While we don't know too much about next year's Justice League film (outside of what was in the San Diego Comic-Con trailer) or Ben Affleck's upcoming Batman solo film, it's looking like the DC mercenary Deathstroke is making an appearance in at least one of them. The news comes via an off-screen video tweeted by actor Ben Affleck this morning that shows the gun-for-hire Slade Wilson in full costume.

The video, which was presented without any context from the Batman actor/director, shows Deathstroke walking forward and staring into the camera in dramatic fashion. You can see it for yourself below.

Many have assumed this tease is for the Justice League movie since that is currently being filmed, but it might actually make sense for this Deathstroke tease to be for the Batman solo film that Affleck is both directing and starring in. Not only would Deathstroke warrant less attention than the brute force of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and The Flash, but since Affleck is directing the Batman solo film, he likely has much more leeway for what he can "leak" from the set without upsetting either DC or Justice League director Zack Snyder – though it's entirely possible that either of those entities authorized the tweet to build hype. In addition, TheWrap is reporting that it is able to confirm that Deathstroke is a main villain in Affleck's upcoming Batman film, adding to the fire that this tease could be for that film.

Deathstroke is perhaps most well-known outside of comic book readers as a villain in the TV show Arrow, but his appearance in Batman: Arkham Origins might be what sticks out in the minds of most gamers. The Justice League film is set to hit theaters November 17, 2017, while the Batman solo film doesn't have a date yet.

[Source: TheWrap, Ben Affleck on Twitter]

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Leap Of Faith Explored In Latest Video For Assassin’s Creed Movie

The Assassin's Creed movie adaptation has a lot of fan expectations riding on it. The latest behind-the-scenes video for the film shows us how one of the most iconic elements of the game will come to life in theaters on December 21, 2016.

A key gameplay element in every Assassin's Creed games, the Leap of Faith involves perching oneself atop the highest point overlooking a sweeping city, then diving off acrobatically. This moment will be recreated in the film, and a stunt man in the video makes the incredible jump to bring authenticity to the scene. Get a feel for how the filming of this jump was pulled off below.

This jump was one of the highest free falls performed by any stuntman in over 35 years, at a height of 90 feet. Assassin's Creed is expected to hit theaters on December 21, 2016.

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The Transformers: The Movie Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

We didn’t want to let August 8, 2016 pass without a mention of today’s big 30-year movie anniversary. The Transformers animated movie released in theaters on this day back in 1986. While its original release met middling reviews, it has garnered increased recognition and praise as the years have passed, largely in thanks to a generation of moviegoers who saw the movie as children, and now look back with great fondness on the animated film.

The enthusiasm isn’t just about nostalgia. With its frequent and often shocking character deaths, melodramatic but memorable lines, and grand science fiction scope, the original Transformers movie has earned much of the fervor that has helped to transform it into a cult classic for both animation fans and 80s enthusiasts. And it doesn’t hurt that the movie is accompanied by a rocking 80s soundtrack. 

If you’re like us, you’ll use this anniversary to track down a copy of the original movie and check it out. If you’re willing to wait a while, a Blu-ray version of the film is planned for release on September 13. I had an opportunity to check out an early cut of this new version, which includes a cut of the film remastered from a new 4K transfer of the original 35mm film. It looks amazing, sounds great, and is an ideal way to experience the magic. If that’s what you’re looking for, you can pre-order the upcoming Blu-ray release right here

Check out the trailer for the new version below.

‘Til all are one, everybody. 

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know Before Watching The Suicide Squad Movie

If you’re only a casual fan of comics, you might not be familiar with DC Comic’s "super heroic" team of villains. What’s their deal?

Sure, you probably know who Harley Quinn is, but who’s this Captain Boomerang? And what’s the deal with that El Diablo guy? Here’s all you need to know about Suicide Squad in around 60 second. Really, you don't need to know much.

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Lore in a Minute! focuses on giving context for several different video game backstories and histories. It has previously covered games such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Killzone, Overwatch, and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

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Ubisoft Announces ‘The Division’ Movie With Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal Attached

Ubisoft has announced that another one of its titles is making the leap from video games to the big screen. The Division is the publisher's latest game to make the transition, joining Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and Watch Dogs. It has some big names attached to it, too.

The Division is currently in preproduction with actors Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal, along with their respective production companies, Freckle Films and Nine Stories. There's no word on when it's coming out, so don't worry about preordering those tickets quite yet. Meanwhile, Ubisoft is unsurprisingly excited about the project: "We are excited to collaborate with Jessica and Jake, two of Hollywood’s most talented actors  and perfect creative collaborators to help bring Tom Clancy’s The Division to the big screen,” says Gerard Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Attaching Jake and Jessica is part of our development philosophy of working closely with top talent from the earliest stages to collaborate on a high quality film,” adds Matt Phelps, VP at Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

The Assassin's Creed film recently completed principle photography, and it's set for a December 21 release.

 

Our Take
While the actual execution didn't do a whole lot for me, I thought The Division's narrative setup was interesting, and I'm curious to see how it works in a full-length movie. This isn't the first time the shooter has been showcased in live action, either. Who can resist a near-future apocalypse, after all?

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Reader Discussion: Which Summer Movie Should Become A Video Game?

We’ve had some big movies hit in the last several months, including titles like Captain America: Civil War, Star Trek Beyond, The Legend of Tarzan, X-Men Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence, and Finding Dory, not to mention upcoming releases like Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad. The summer season has for decades been a hotspot for big tentpole film releases, taking advantage of younger folks out of school and older viewers on holiday from work. But even with big ticket sales, few of those movies have made a successful transition into great video games. Maybe that’s because the best ideas just haven’t been voiced.

So, what’s it going to be? Whether from this summer or the movie blockbusters of yesteryear, which big movie deserves a new video game treatment? Maybe your favorite movie got a video game, but it was awful – how could it have been better? 

Share your movie pick in the comments below, and tell us what kind of game you hope that game developers would make based on it. We’re pretty sure all the big Hollywood producers are going to be reading your responses, and they'll get right to work on lining up a game development partnership. 

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