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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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New Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Movie Trailer Revealed

The movie tie-in to Final Fantasy XV, titled Kingsglaive, received a new trailer at San Diego Comic-Con. While the movie has already hit in Japan, its release in North America isn't until August.

According to director Takeshi Nozue via the PlayStation Blog, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV "stands on its own and can be enjoyed without knowledge of the previous games." However, for those that are Final Fantasy fans, they will be treated to several references that others may not understand. Kingsglaive has an impressive cast, including Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), and Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones). The film will feature both new and cross-over characters from the game.

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The movie will depict the events leading up to the game's main story, namely King Regis fighting the Empire. "Along with Final Fantasy XV, the main theme portrayed in Kingsglaive is the bond between father and son," writes Nozue. "While watching the film you’ll see the love they have for each other and understand the pressures of fulfilling the responsibility of being King."

Kingsglaive will release in select theaters on August 19, and will hit Blu-ray and DVD on October 4. Take a look at some gorgeous screens from the movie here.

As for the game, Final Fantasy XV launches on September 30 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Check out our hub or click below to learn more.

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The Lego Batman Movie SDCC Trailer Shows Robin’s Hilarious Origin

The Lego version of Batman was a huge hit with fans when he appeared in The Lego Movie, so it only made sense when Warner Bros. and DC announced that he would be getting his own humor-injected film. The movies look to stand in stark contrast to WB and DC's live-action films which, to this point have been much more serious in tone.

With The Lego Batman Movie, the team is definitely not afraid to show the sillier side of Gotham's oft-scowling Caped Crusader. In the trailer, we're introduced to Lego Robin and learn how he joins forces with Lego Batman. It's much funnier than that description makes it sound. You can view the trailer below.

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To see the other trailers that have been released for The Lego Batman Movie, head here and here. The Lego Batman Movie is scheduled to hit theaters February 10, 2017.

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Gears Of War 4 SDCC Panel Talks JD’s Full Name, Horde Mode 3.0, And Hints At A Gears Movie

During today's Gears of War 4 panel, The Coalition studio head and Gears of War co-creator Rod Fergusson was joined by the voice talent behind the upcoming title to discuss the process of making the game. While entertaining antics, like acting out a script from the game with the roles mixed up – the voice of JD, Liam McIntyre, played the role of Del, Kait's actor Laura Bailey did a hilarious Marcus impression, Del voice actor Eugene Byrd did a soft-spoken attempt at Kait, and Marcus' voice, John DiMaggio, delivered an overly Australian version of JD, poking fun at McIntyre's natural accent – ensued, Fergusson also delivered some new details for fans.

Horde Mode 3.0

We've known that Horde mode is coming back for Gears of War 4, but not much else has been given out by the development team. Fergusson claims to be quick to look back at the successes of past iterations of the mode, but also to the failures. He says that the Horde 2.0 was a great version of the game, but it sometimes became too "tower defense-y." With Gears of War 4's Horde mode, you're able to build stuff wherever you want to and move it around as you please. In addition, Fergusson divulged that the mode will feature a system based on classes and skills, but will not be something like OverRun. Horde 3.0 will go back to being 50 waves, but we won't known too many more details for a while.

JD Fenix's Full Name

When the question-and-answer session occurred in the panel, Fergusson was quick to advocate for playing the game unspoiled when people asked questions about the potential of a new member of the Carmine family, or where characters like Cole and Anya are, but he was able to be swayed by the enthusiastic crowd and voice actors on one subject. One Q&A participant brought up the subject of if the "D" in "JD" stood for Dominic in tribute to father Marcus' longtime squadmate, Dominic Santiago. Fergusson was gun-shy at first, but after a uproarious swell of encouragement from both the crowd and the voice actors (with McIntyre going on and on about "wanting the D" and Bailey teasing that she could see Rod was about to give in), Fergusson stood up and said, "His full name is James Dominic Fenix." The crowd (and panelists) went wild upon the announcement.

You can see the moment for yourself below.

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On The Topic Of A Gears Of War Film

Another Q&A participant got up to ask about a Gears of War film. Fergusson stated that he has, in the past, talked around the issue, stating that it's something that the team would love to do. This time, however, he said that something has recently changed and he's excited at the prospects of being able to deliver news very soon. Not exactly a confirmation, but it sure sounds like something is in the cooker.

Bender And Jake The Dog Won't Be Grabbing Lancers Anytime Soon

One of the more off-the-wall questions during the Q&A session came in the form of asking about the possibility of having characters in Gears of War games that sound like Marcus Fenix voice actor John DiMaggio's other well-known roles like Bender from Futurama or Jake the Dog from Adventure Time. While both Fergusson and DiMaggio laughed at the idea, Fergusson eventually pointed out that they "aren't making a Deadpool game" so they need to keep the fourth-wall-breaking to a minimum.

Other Tidbits

In addition to the other pieces of news, Fergusson told one fan that asked about sawed-off shotguns in the final game that the powerful weapon would not be appearing in the game. This garnered some applause from the fans in attendance.

The panel also shared a clip from veteran actor Jimmy Smits, who announced he is playing Oscar Diaz, Kait's uncle, in Gears of War 4. You may know Smits from his work on Sons of Anarchy, The Star Wars prequels, season 3 of Dexter, or any number of films or TV shows in his long-running career.

To hear about our time playing Gears of War 4 at SDCC 2016, head here.

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Live-Action Detective Pikachu Movie In The Works

Yes, you read that headline correctly. According to Variety, Legendary has won the rights to make a Pokemon movie and it's centered around Detective Pikachu.

You remember Great Detective Pikachu right? Cute. Cuddly. Adorable. Very serious about work ethic. And then someone made a video with everyone's favorite electric rodent voiced by Danny DeVito. Good times.

The film has been "fast-tracked for production to start in 2017."

[Source: Variety]

 

Our Take
It's Pokefever season again so sure, why not? I for one cannot wait to watch this story of the greatest detective of our time. 

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Assassin’s Creed Movie Producer’s New Film Studio Will Focus On Video Game Adaptations

Jean-Julien Baronnet recently departed his position of CEO at Ubisoft Motion Pictures after working on the Assassin's Creed adaptation. His next venture is a studio that will work on more movies based on games.

Marla Studios, named after Baronnet's daughters, will specialize in adapting the stories of popular games for a wider Hollywood audience. In an exclusive interview with Variety, he explained why he thinks so many video game movies have failed because they try to copy the story beat for beat without understanding the change in audience. Baronnet will head Marla Studios and work directly with video game developers to manage their IPs and come up the best idea for a movie. No partner companies have been announced yet.

Assassin's Creed opens on December 21, starring Micheal Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Before shutting down, Ubisoft Motion Pictures also worked on an idea for a Splinter Cell movie, potentially starring Tom Hardy.

[Source: Variety]

 

Our Take
Baronnet's comments about imagining a new story rather than copying the original are encouraging. It seems that Assassin's Creed is already following this mindset, but the jury is still out until the film opens. I personally have faith in it and hope to see more successful video game movies. Warcraft wasn't a complete trainwreck, but there are better stories out there primed for adaptation. I think this is a great time to revisit an old feature on how to make the Assassin's Creed movie not suck.

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The Live-Action Minecraft Movie Gets A Release Date

The live-action Minecraft movie directed by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney finally has a release date. Unfortunately, it's still years away from its debut.

Up until this point, very little has been revealed about the movie, which has left fans guessing just how the juggernaut video game franchise will translate to the big screen. 

For those that are curious, the movie releases on May 24, 2019, hitting screens in both 3D & IMAX. Since this is so far off it makes sense why we haven't heard any plot details or actors involved in the project. 

Hopefully, more information will surface now that a release date is set. 

 

[Source: Mojang]

 

 


Our Take
This seems like a long ways away, but at least something is locked in stone. We've seen Lego have great success on the big screen, so Minecraft could follow suit, but until we hear some concrete details it's hard to know what to think. Plenty of children and adults alike are so invested in Minecraft that it makes sense why a movie is in the works.

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Activision’s Ultimate Ghostbusters Bundle Revealed, Includes New Game And Movie

As previously announced, a brand new Ghostbusters game that presents an original story set in the same universe as the film series is coming on July 12. A new bundle has been announced that includes the game, a digital copy of the new movie, as well as costumes and dashboard themes.

Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on July 12, the new standalone game costs $ 49.99 and will follow an original cast of characters after the events of the film. The gameplay will be familiar to fans of isometric shooters, and each character can be upgraded with their own gear and weapons. Local four player co-op is supported, with each player taking control of one of the new paranormal investigators.

The Ultimate Bundle, priced at $ 64.99, comes with the game and the classic suit pack, featuring costume designs straight out of the original movie. This DLC will also be available to any player who pre-orders the standard version of the game. A digital copy of the latest Ghostbusters film is included in the Ultimate Bundle, but the code will be delivered at a later date to coincide with the digital release.

Our Take
We still know nothing about the new characters or story featured in the standalone game, so it might be safe to stay cautiously optimistic about this game for the time being. For a die-hard Ghostbusters fan who knows they're going to pick up the game and wants to own the film before they've even seen it in theaters, this could be a good deal.

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Ed Boon Would Be Open To A Horror Movie Fighting Game

While speaking with Ed Boon at the Mortal Kombat X Pro League Finals in Los Angeles, we got on the subject of the guest characters that have appeared both in the Mortal Kombat and Injustice series. I was able to get a little insight into how the team decides which guest characters to include as DLC for NetherRealm's fighting games, as well as whether we'll ever see the studio tackle a fighting game based on horror film icons.

According to Boon, there are a variety of ways the team can come to settling on a guest character to include with the game. "Probably
the biggest one is simply someone suggests someone," he says. "With Mortal Kombat, we
stepped outside of the universe with characters like Freddy Krueger, Jason,
Alien, Predator, and stuff like that, so the movie stuff kind of mixes things
up. Fan feedback is another big one; just hearing some very loud, insistent
people saying what they want. And what's available; obviously we can't just
choose what we want to do, like 'we want Robocop so he's in the game!' You have
to do something that can be accommodated as far the company. So there are a
number of variables, including what the players have been asking for. We're always
listening to feedback."

Since the 2011 Mortal Kombat, NetherRealm has included several horror movie icons as DLC for the Mortal Kombat series. Since the release of that game, we've seen appearances from Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street, Jason Vorhees from Friday the 13th, Alien from Alien, Predator from Predator, and Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in the series by way of DLC.

When asked about the possibility of using this trend of guest characters to throw them all together in one big horror icon showdown, Boon was not dismissive of the idea. "Yes, yes! You
know, as we've been accumulating them, that idea has been coming up more and
more frequently," he says. "You brought it up and a few other people have brought it up
like 'why don't you do a horror movie fighting game?' Maybe one day we'll do
it."

Boon also defended the notion of guest characters in Mortal Kombat and Injustice, touting the popularity of the inclusions and stating that he'd like to include guest characters in Injustice 2 when the time comes. "I
always think there's a novelty to it and there's a certain amount of people who
think that when they see a guest character that it took the slot of a DC
character that they wanted to have," he says. "But you know, Scorpion in Injustice was the
most downloaded of all the characters. There was a coolness and a novelty
factor to seeing the mixing of the things. Alien and Predator in Mortal Kombat
X were the most downloaded of those, so I would be surprised if we didn't do
any of that [in Injustice 2]."

For more from our conversation with Ed Boon, you can check out our in-depth chat about Injustice 2's long-term vision (including post-release DLC), as well as our humorous discussion answering our burning questions about Mortal Kombat.

 

Our Take
While Boon doesn't say this is a thing that is happening, the horror film icons that have appeared in Mortal Kombat to this point have been awesome additions and his openness to this idea is exciting. I'd love to pit some more of horror's greatest and most gruesome threats against each other.

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The Warcraft Movie Has Its Own Prequel Comic Releasing Today

The graphic novel Warcraft: Bonds Of Brotherhood releases today. It's a prequel to the Warcraft film coming out this Friday.

Set 30 years before the film, Bonds of Brotherhood follows Llane, Lothar, and Medivh as they become warriors of Azeroth, embarking on a mission of vengeance. The book is written by Paul Cornell, who previously wrote for the Doctor Who television series, and features art by Mat Broome.

Bonds of Brotherhood is available now as a 112 page hardcover graphic novel. Check out a few pages from the book below. 

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