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‘Mysterious Game Mysteries’ is the theme of the all-new GDC 2017 Movie Night!

The 2017 Game Developers Conference will debut its inaugural Movie Nights program (free for GDC passholders) with two evening showings of movies that delve into the unknown: The Game and Clue! …


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The New Mortal Kombat Movie Has A Director

You might have heard there's a new Mortal Kombat movie in the works. Of course, lots of projects are "in the works" before getting canned, but the prospect of a new, high-budget Mortal Kombat movie actually hitting theaters is now all the more likely, as the film has found a director.

As Variety reports, Simon McQuoid is currently in talks to direct the film, which James Wan (the director of the first Saw movie) is producing, among others. You may know McQuoid from the PlayStation "Michael" commercial he directed a few years ago, which featured a number of prominent PlayStation characters and revolved around the idea of the worlds we imagine when we play. You can watch that commercial here.

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The Last Of Us Movie Stalls In Production

Two years removed from its initial announcement, the film based on Naughty Dog masterpiece The Last of Us has joined Halo and other high-profile game adaptations in production hell. 

While talking to IGN, producer Sam Raimi opened up about the problems, citing infighting between creative director/writer Neil Druckmann and Sony about the film's direction. "When we went to Neil with Ghost House Pictures we were hoping to get the rights like we do any project, and then we’d take it out and sell it but we’d control the rights.," he says. "With this one he went to Sony – who I have a very good relationship with – but they have their own plans for it and I think Neil’s plan for it – I’m not trying to be political – Neil’s plan for it is not the same as Sony’s."

Raimi then followed up by saying he is still attached to the project. "I'm not too sure what that means," he admitted. "Right now it's just sitting there. They don't want to move forward, and it's not my place to say why, and Neil, I think, is in a slight disagreement with them about how things should go so there's a standstill. And I don't have the power to move it."

To read more about the film's production problems, head over to IGN. Before you go, you can watch this discussion between our own Ben Hanson and Druckmann about the film.

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Our Take
When you get too many cooks in the kitchen for a film, the competing interests often derail these types of transmedia deals. Here's hoping that Naughty Dog, Sony, and Raimi's production house can straighten out the problems and move forward.  

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The Minecraft Movie May Have Found Its Steve And His Last Name’s Carell

Variety is reporting that Steve Carell (The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman) is currently in talks for a role in the 2019 lie-action Minecraft movie.

It's unclear exactly who he could be playing in the movie, or if he would be in the starring role. If the movie does pull directly from the source material, though, there's a good chance he could be playing "Steve", the game's silent, often unseen protagonist.

The movie, currently planned for release in May 2019, is being written and directed by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator and star Rob McElhenney. Regarding how the movie will look, or what it will be about? Those details are still a mystery.

[Source: Variety, via SlashFilm]

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The Rock’s Rampage Movie Coming In April 2018

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's upcoming movie based on the Rampage games has a release date. According to Warner Bros., the movie will be hitting theaters on April 20, 2018.

In case you just went, "Wait, what?!" you should check out our earlier story on the project. In short, they're making a movie based on that old arcade game, which starred a trio of supersized monsters. 

We'll have to reserve judgment until we get the answers to two important questions:

1) Will there be a scene in which the monsters breathe fire after eating dynamite?
2) If a monster is defeated, will it shrink down to a naked person and then sidle off the screen, modestly covering their secret parts with their hands?

You have two years to get this right, Hollywood. Don't blow it.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

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The Director Of Deadpool Is Developing Sony’s Sonic The Hedgehog Movie

If you're feeling a little confused after reading that headline, well, uh, it's real. It's a thing that's happening, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Just over a week after stepping away from Deadpool, director Tim Miller has set his sights on a new gig: developing an adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog for Sony Pictures. Miller and his longtime Blur Studio collaborator Jeff Fowler have been tapped to work on the project, on which Fowler would make his feature directorial debut.

The film is apparently intended to be a CGI-animated/live-action hybrid and family-oriented. Just to make sure we're clear here: we're talking about the director of the critically acclaimed and absolutely filthy Marvel comic adaptation suddenly developing a movie around everyone's favorite hedgehog.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

Our Take
I got nothing, y'all. 

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Report: Uncharted Movie Back On Track, Lands A Director

You can never count Nathan Drake out. After last
month's reports
of the forever-in-development
Uncharted film being delayed indefinitely,
Deadline
is
reporting
that the project is back on track with Shawn Levy signing on as
director.

Levy has directed a number of comedies in the past, including
the Night at the Museum trilogy and the
Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson buddy flick, The
Internship
. His recent credits include directing two episodes of Stranger Things (with more slated for
season 2), and producing the upcoming sci-fi drama, Arrival.

September's indefinite delay was rumored
to be
so that the film's script writer, Joe Carnahan, could direct the
movie as well, but Deadline is
reporting that Carnahan is instead focusing on Bad Boys For Life, which he was previously committed to. Deadline says the movie is now on the
fast track, though we still don't have an ETA on when the film will be
released, or who will be playing the series' all-important roles.

[Source: Deadline]

 

Our Take
As I said after the
recent news of a
Gears of War movie
, fans should temper their expectations. A lot can happen
during the pre-production process that can lead to delays or cancellation. That
said, the announcement of a director coming on board is certainly promising
news, especially after the project being delayed indefinitely. Here's hoping
everyone involved with the project is smart enough to cast NATHAN FILLION as
Drake!

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Orange Box, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, And Galaga Legions Now Backwards Compatible On Xbox One

Three more games just got added to the growing list of backward compatible Xbox 360 titles available on the Xbox One.

Major Nelson announced that Joe Danger 2: The Movie, Galaga Legions, and The Orange Box are available to play on the current-gen Xbox system as of this morning.

Joe Danger 2: The Movie was developed by Hello Games, who went on to create No Man's Sky. Check out Matt Miller's review of the Xbox 360 release here.

Galaga Legions is a shoot 'em up based on the arcade classic. The DX remake, which was available in the Xbox Live Arcade, is already playable on the Xbox One. Dan Ryckert reviewed it here.

The Orange Box is a three-pack of Valve games that includes Half-Life 2 (plus episodes 1 and 2), the original Portal, and Team Fortress 2.

For the full list of backward compatible games, check out Major Nelson's blog.

[Source: Major Nelson on Twitter]

Correction: This story previously described The Orange Box as including Half-Life 2: Episode 2. The game actually includes Half-Life 2 and both subsequent stand-alone episodes.

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Pokémon: The First Movie Is Back In Theaters For Two Days

Pokémon fans don't have to wait until next month's launch of Sun and Moon to get their fix. Cinemark is offering tickets to watch the first movie on the big screen again at select theaters.

Currently the tickets are for pre-sale at $ 5 for either an October 29 matinee or November 1 evening. "Pikachu's Vacation" will be played beforehand for maximum nostalgia. You can see if Pokémon: The First Movie is coming to a theater near you by visiting Cinemark's site here.

[Source: Pokémon.com]

 

Our Take
Writing this article "Vacation" got stuck in my head, so I guess I'm gonna grab a ticket to go see this again. With Pokémon fever at an all-time high this seems like the best time to cash in. Now if only they handed out the Ancient Mew cards too.

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Dev cuts deal to make a movie based on African indie RPG Aurion

Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan developer Kiro’o Games has made a deal with Good Fear Film that will see the latter making a movie based on the game, an RPG inspired by African music, myth and culture. …


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