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Report: Dead Rising movie digs up a director

Zach Lipovsky has been tapped to direct the straight-to-Crackle Dead Rising movie adaptation we mentioned a few months back, according to The Wrap.

If the name doesn’t ring any bells for you, don’t worry, it shouldn’t. Lipovsky began his Hollywood…
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Fassbender: Assassin’s Creed Movie Will Respect The Source Material

Finding a quality movie based on a video game is normally an arduous task (a scientific fact we call the "Uwe Boll Principle"), but the talent behind the Assassin's Creed adaptation hopes to avoid a similar fate to duds like Far Cry, Doom, and Max Payne.

Actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus) is currently attached to the film and discussed the production team's intent with IGN. "You know, we absolutely want to respect the game," he said. "There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game."

It should also help that Ubisoft is co-producing the film alongside New Regency. Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) is currently attached to direct. The movie is tentatively slated for a late summer 2015 release.

Our Take
It seems that whether or not it has good source material to work with, Hollywood finds a way to blow most movies based on video games. I'm entrenched firmly in wait and see mode, but given my affections for Assassin's Creed I hope Fassbender and co. find the path to success. – The Feed

Arya Stark has met with The Last of Us movie producers

Maisie Williams – or as fans of HBO show Game of Thrones might know her, Arya Stark – has met with Neil Druckmann (of Naughty Dog) and Sam Raimi (of Sam Raimi) regarding the in-development film adaptation of The Last of Us, /Film reports. The…
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TMNT movie tie-in mobile game out now, created by Combo Crew dev

Normally we’d ignore a movie tie-in mobile game, except that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was developed by a notable up-and-comer. First spotted by PocketGamer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was created by The Game Bakers, who created the enjoyable…
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Warcraft movie props look ready for battle at Comic-Con

While we have yet to see any footage and only have the scantest of details regarding the Warcraft movie and its plot, San Diego Comic-Con has afforded us an opportunity to glimpse once more into the world director Duncan Jones (Moon) is…
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Uncharted Movie Gets A 2016 Release Date

Sony has moved around some dates in its movie schedule, making room for Nathan Drake’s big screen debut. Sony announced today that it will be releasing the film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s action series on June 10, 2016.

That date originally belonged to The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which Sony has now bumped back by two years. Spider-Man fans won’t be left out in the cold though, as Sony is planning a Sinister Six film for November 11, 2016.

Uncharted director Seth Gordon plans to start shooting in early 2015, though there’s no lead attached to the film yet. The screenplay is currently being written by David Guggenheim.

Uncharted will next appear on PlayStation 4 in 2015, and there are hints that it might be the last entry in the series. For more check out the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End trailer from E3.

[Source: Deadline Hollywood, Hollywood Reporter] – The Feed

Uncharted movie to reach theaters on June 10, 2016

Uncharted hero Nathan Drake will officially make his silver screen debut on June 10, 2016, according to Sony Pictures.

According to Deadline, that release date was originally earmarked for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but the studio has decided to…
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Take me to your theater – Space Invaders movie in works

Reminder: nothing from your childhood is safe from the clutches of the modern film industry. But just in case 2012′s Battleship didn’t already convince you of that, how about a movie based on Space Invaders? TheWrap reports that Warner Bros. has…
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Uncharted Movie To Begin Filming In 2015

In a new interview, director Seth Gordon details the production timeline for his movie adaptation of Naughty Dog's Uncharted game series.

In an interview with Zap2It, Gordon said shooting should begin "…very early next year. That's the plan."

He also talked a little bit about the game's settings, and said that the shooting would take place "all over the world."

Gordon is also still looking for a lead actor to portray Nathan Drake after Mark Wahlberg dropped out of the project after the departure of director David O. Russell.

Gordon said, "I want it to be a great actor. That's number one, and then if it's someone who has an actual jaw, that's even better. The game is so well done that you need it to live up to that. There's no way we'd do the inverse of that where it's somebody famous who can't [act]."

"It's going to honor the mythology of the game," said Gordon. "But I would say honor some of the most interesting stuff from the first one and build from there," he says. "There's some stuff that isn't in the game."

[Source: Zap2It]

Our Take:
While I'm a bit concerned with the fact that this is the third director attached to the project, Uncharted is one of the game series that seems most suited to the big screen. – The Feed

Video Games: The Movie Review

As the title suggests, Video
Games: The Movie
aims to tell the entire history of the industry in a
little over an hour and a half. Whether it's due to having too wide a focus or
just poor craftsmanship, the film is unsatisfying, shallow, and oddly

As a longtime game journalist, I'm glad to see that
documentarians are turning their eye toward video games; the industry is full
of stories that deserve to be told. Unlike recent films like
Indie Game: The Movie or Free To Play, which were structured
around a handful of individual people,
Games: The Movie
aims higher. It's intended to be a comprehensive history
of video games, from its humble mid-century beginnings to the commercial
dominance of today.

It is a noble idea. Director Jeremy Snead reached out to fans
on Kickstarter in 2013 and raised $ 107,235 – well over his goal of $ 60,000. I
assume much more was contributed by executive producers actor Zach Braff (
Garden State), game designer Cliff
Bleszinski (Gears of War), and Sony executive David Perry (PlayStation Now).
The film has top-notch production values, including a plethora of animated
infographics and an effective opening-credits sequence that details the
evolution of games over time.

Sadly, production values mean little when the film itself is
so muddled. It's one of the most strangely structure documentaries I've ever
seen. Instead of progressing in chronological order, Video Games: The Movie
speeds through its entire timeline in the first half hour, then bounces back in
time spotlighting aspects of the industry's history seemingly at random. One
minute someone is extolling the popularity of League of Legends competitions,
the next we're back in the mid-'90s discussing the controversy over video game

The film clearly struggles to cover the breadth of history
that would have easily filled a multi-part, Ken Burns-style documentary series.
It also violates a fundamental rule of storytelling: show, don't tell. Video
Games: The Movie
is larded with soundbites from talking heads, as important as
Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell and superfluous as ex-
Scrubs actor Donald Faison. The insights provided can be
insightful, but are too often glib and come at the expense of the film
relaying the events at hand to the viewer. For example, you could come away
from the section on game violence with no knowledge that the fight made it all
the way to the U.S. Supreme Court a few years ago, in favor of outspoken game
composer Tommy Tallarico saying "Hitler didn't play Crash Bandicoot."

The director also leans too heavily on montages set to various
strains of chipper indie music - to the point where the entire early
history of PC games is reduced to a minute or so of footage ending with
EverQuest. Much of the film also seems to be reduced to mere cheerleading for
the industry. In an opening set of infographics, narrator Sean Astin spends the
viewer's valuable time extolling the virtues and effectiveness of the
industry's ESRB ratings. Executive producer David Perry of Sony and Phil
Spencer of Microsoft are allowed to drone on about the (highly debatable at the
time of this writing) achievements of "cloud gaming." This overly credulous
tone, coupled with the musical montages, makes the movie feel more like a
promotional video to be shown at an E3 press conference than a proper film. If
you are a fan of Wil Wheaton, this is the history of video games for you. The
former Star Trek actor's thoughts and opinions are widely featured in the
movie, much more so than legendary developers like Peter Molyneux and Hideo

As the film flailed around, I wondered who the intended
audience is. Most gamers with a cursory knowledge of the game industry won't
learn much of substance. At the same time, it's not well organized or
compelling enough to sustain the interest of a general moviegoer.

Some interesting footage surfaces of the industry's early
"Wild West" days during the reign of Atari and some priceless video of old
game commercials. The director also does a great job of conveying the passion
of the fans and game designers he interviewed. For many games are much more
than just a hobby, and that love and enthusiasm shows through.

Enthusiasm is one thing; craftsmanship is another. Video
Games: The Movie
has the former in abundance, but its lack of the latter prevents it from telling a compelling tale. As a gamer, I'm glad I watched it,
if only for the segments with some of my favorite creators and the wealth of
vintage footage and photos. As a fan of film, I'm still waiting for the
comprehensive documentary that video games deserve.

(Please visit the site to view this media) – The Feed