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Ubisoft’s Movie Division Planning To Open Malaysian Theme Park In 2020

Ubisoft has announced plans to open its own theme park in Malaysia. The facility, which will showcase attractions from Raving Rabbids, Assassin’s Creed, and Just Dance.

The publisher’s motion picture division (responsible for the Rabbids television show and upcoming Assassin’s Creed film) are spearheading the effort. Ubisoft is creating the theme park alongside RSG, a development company specializing in this kind of effort.

RSG is also behind the Movie Animation Park Studios, opening in Malaysia next year. The Ubisoft park will open in 2020.


Our Take
This story makes a bit more sense when you remember that Ubisoft is cultivating its own motion picture and television business. Disney, Universal, and others have been in this game for a long time. The difference here is that Ubisoft started in gaming, instead of the other way around.

Still, I wonder if these brands are pervasive enough to bring people in. Is there that much love for Assassin’s Creed in Asia (and among those wealthy enough to vacation in Malaysia) that this will be sustainable? Only Michael Fassbender knows. – The Feed

Get Your Mad Max Movie Fix On Steam Right Now

On the eve of the Mad Max video game release, the entire collection of films has appeared on Steam available for download or streaming.

Type Mad Max into the search box, and you'll see Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome available for viewing right now. You can also pre-order this year's critically acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road, which releases tomorrow alongside the Blu-ray. The older films are $ 14.99 a pop, and Fury Road is $ 19.99.

You can read our review of the Mad Max video game here


Our Take:
This is a smart move by Warner Bros. to capitalize on the hype of the pending video game release. If it works, don't be surprised if Warner takes the same approach with The Lord of the Rings, Batman, or any other brand it has the ability to cross-promote. – The Feed

Lionsgate Is Working On A Borderlands Movie

Fans of Gearbox's manic, gun-obsessed world have a new
project to look forward to.

Variety reports that Lionsgate has acquired the rights to
Borderlands and is working on a film with father-son producing combo Avi and
Ari Arad. The duo has extensive experience working on comic-book movies including
Iron Man, Spider-Man, and X-Men.

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick says the
partnership is "…ideally positioned to create a bold, provocative,
no-holds-barred motion picture phenomenon that will delight Borderlands current
legions of fans and captivate moviegoers around the world."

No other information or timeline has been given.

[Source: Variety]


Our Take
Borderlands isn't the most outlandish video game IP to adapt into a film (we're looking at you, Minecraft), but it does have some hurdles. The movie will have to differentiate itself from Mad Max (an obvious inspiration for the series), come up with a more-interesting storyline, and figure out how to translate the bombastic action and comic-book aesthetic into (what I'm assuming is) live-action. None of those challenges are impossible to overcome, but given the inherent difficulty of adapting games to film, it won't be an easy task. – The Feed

Here’s Your First Look At Michael Fassbender In The Assassin’s Creed Movie

The first image of Michael Fassbender as an assassin in the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie is online.

Yahoo has the exclusive, and the full image, so you can follow the link to see more of Fassbender as an assassin, including the series' iconic wrist blades.

Fassbender is playing an assassin named Callum Lynch, a character who is new to the franchise and has not appeared in any of the games. He stars in the movie alongside Marion Cotillard (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave), and Ariane Labed (Before Midnight). The movie is directed by Justin Kurzel. Kurzel doesn't have a whole lot of directing credits, but you can check out the trailer for his upcoming film, Macbeth, which also stars Fassbender and Cotillard, for an idea of what to expect from the Assassin's Creed movie.

Assassin's Creed begins shooting soon and is planned for release in December 2016.

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[Source: Yahoo] – The Feed

Gronk & His Football Grenade Launcher In The Madden Movie

The NFL has its own ridiculous cast of real-life characters, but they only slightly pale in comparison to the cast EA Sports has assembled for this year's movie/trailer celebrating the coming release of Madden NFL 16.

This year's orgy of outrageousness features Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, as well as cameos from players Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones, Colin Kaepernick, and Bills coach Rex Ryan. They're all acting in roles, except of course for Rob Gronkowski.

For more of a glimpse at Madden 16's actual gameplay, check out our Test Chamber on the title.

Madden NFL 16 comes out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on August 25.

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Also check out this making of video…

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The Warcraft Movie Gets Its First Pair Of Official Posters

As part of San Diego Comic Con, Blizzard has released a pair of official posters for the upcoming Warcraft movie, appropriately titled, Warcraft.

You can check out larger versions of the poster below, as well as in the gallery at the bottom of this story. The characters featured in the posters are Lothar of the humans and Durotan of the orcs. Lothar is played by Travis Fimmel (Vikings) and Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) plays Durotan is heavy CGI make-up.

Alongside the poster, Comic Con also saw the release a VR experience you can download on your phone. It's not a trailer per se, but it does show the visuals of the Warcraft movie in motion. You can learn more about how to download it and check it out yourself here. The movie is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and is planned for release summer 2016.

[Source: @warcraftmovie, via NeoGAF] – The Feed

Universal Delays Warcraft Movie By Three Months

Universal has announced that some if its slate of upcoming films have been delayed. Warcraft, which is being directed by Duncan Jones, was originally set to hit March 11, 2016. The film is now scheduled to hit theaters on June 10, 2016.

in addition to delaying Warcraft, Universal also pushed Pacific Rim 2 from April 2017 to August 2017, the Mummy reboot from June 2016 to March 2017, and an untitled monster movie from April 2017 to March 2018.

We already know a good deal about the Warcraft flick, including the cast, and the fact that the filming completed last year. You can also check out some of the promotional posters released by heading here

[Source: Variety via PC Gamer] – The Feed

Director Michelle MacLaren Steps Away From Wonder Woman Movie

The upcoming Wonder Woman film, which is set to star Gal Gadot as the Amazonian princess, has lost its director. Michelle MacLaren, who has worked on episodes for television shows such as Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones, and more, has reportedly left the film over "creative differences" with Warner Bros.

MacLaren was brought on in November to make her feature directorial debut with Wonder Woman, but Warner Bros. today released the following statement: "Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together."

The detailed reasons for the split are not known at this point. Wonder Woman is set to hit theaters June 23, 2017. There is currently no word on if this change will affect that date.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter] – The Feed

Mortal Kombat Movie Trailer Hilariously Remade In Someone’s Yard

The original Mortal Kombat film from 1995 was one of the first video game based movies, and while it definitely looks hokey these days, at the time it was one of the best video game-based movies to hit theaters. Sadly, it still is.

It looks like movie focused YouTube channel CineFix took a weekend and reshot the trailer for the original Mortal Kombat movie from 1995 using everyday household items and some crafting skills. The results are impressive.

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Compare it with the original here:

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Readers Select 25 Women (And 5 Men) They Want To See Play Lara Croft In The Tomb Raider Movie

A few days ago, new details were revealed about the in-development Tomb Raider film. We offered some suggestions for how to make the best of the film, but a big question remains: Who should play Lara? We've previously suggested Olivia Wilde among others, but we decided to ask readers who they thought would be a best fit for the iconic role, and these are the results.

Readers suggested more than 25 actors they thought would fit best for the role, and we tallied up the results.

Camilla Luddington was the clear winner, but she does have an unfair advantage over everybody else: she already plays Lara Croft. Lauren Cohen (seen above already in tomb raiding-appropriate clothing) and Emily Blunt tied for second. Cohen is know primarily for playing Maggie Greene on The Walking Dead TV show, and Emily Blunt has appeared in a number of films, most recently in Edge of Tomorrow and Into the Woods.

Next up, readers called for Angelina Jolie to reprise the role, or for Olivia Wilde (who technically already played a video game character in Tron: Legacy) to inherit the Croft fortune. As you can see with the final entry above, a few readers also suggested they abandon a new Tomb Raider movie and keep Lara's adventures video game exclusives.

The others listed above were all mentioned at least twice, but a number of readers suggested actors that were only mentioned once, including Taryn Southern, Tatiana Maslany, Anna Kendrick, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Lyndsay Fonseca, Christina Hendricks, Jessical Biel, Emilia Clarke, Nazanin Boniadi, Natalie Portman, Odette Yustman, and Emily Browning.

Finally, a few readers suggested a complete overhaul of the Tomb Raider franchise and offered up a few men that would be perfect for the role of an empowered female explorer. You can check out those results below.

For more on Tomb Raider is it relates to video games, check out all of our coverage for the upcoming sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider by clicking the banner below. – The Feed