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If 2005 was the year of comic book heroes, then 2006 is shaping up to be the year video game conversions! Even after such dire attempts as Super Mario Brothers, Street Fighter and the all action/no story Mortal Kombat films, the success of Resident Evil (who's sequel is due out at the end of 2005) has given this genre a new lease of life.

A few of those set to surface: -

  • Alone In The Dark
  • Edward Carnby, detective of the paranormal, unexplained and supernatural, investigates a mystery (the recent death of a friend) with clues leading to "Shadow Island" that brings him face to face with bizarre horrors that prove both psychologically disturbing and lethal, as he discovers that evil demons worshiped by an ancient culture called the Abskani are planning on coming back to life in the 21st century to once again take over the world... and only he and a young genius anthropologist with an incredible memory (and his ex-girlfriend), Aline Cedrac, stand in their way, at a gateway to hell. Standing in Carnby's way, however, is the impact that a brief encounter with an evil spirit called the Queen had upon his mind, as he slowly finds himself overpowered by the forces of darkness as they eat away at his very sanity...

    Based on the 1993 game by Interplay (which itself was inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft), Alone in the Dark was one of the first successful"3rd person" style games - a style which would later become associated with the Tomb Raider and Resident Evil games. The game (along with its two follow ups) saw the main characters exploring mysterious locations (from mansions and cemeteries to ghost towns) filled with puzzles, traps, and nightmarish creatures. Eventually solving the mystery behind the menacing supernatural activity. The film is currently in post-production and will star Christian Slater, Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff, and you can expect plenty of ghosts and demons to co-star!
  • Mortal Kombat : Domination
  • After Liu Kang, Sonya, and Jax defeated the forces of Outworld and prevented its merger with Earth, Shang Tsung exacts his revenge by forming an alliance with the powerful sorcerer Quan Chi. Together, they open a portal to Earth in a bid for ultimate domination. Lord Rayden, now an elder god, becomes dismayed by this horrific turn of events and calls forth the warriors of Mortal Kombat once more. Discovering a loophole in the rules of the tournament, and needing every ounce of help he can get, Rayden summons forth the soul of deceased warrior Johnny Cage and resurrects him so that he may join his fellow fighters and send Shang Tsung and his allies back to hell once and for all.

    Yes it had to happen - once interest in game to movie conversions started again the Mortal Kombat films were sure to raise there heads once more to cash in. No cast lists have yet been announced, but naturally rumours of the cast from the first 2 films (including Christopher Lambert) are already circulating. How true these are, only time will tell.
  • Spy Hunter
  • Former F-15 pilot Alec Sects is recruited to become a member of a government agency called International Espionage Services (IES), specifically joining an elite group called the Spy Hunters. Piloting an experimental battle-car, the G-6155 Interceptor, with all varieties of weapons and gimmicks (including the ability to transform into a speed boat or a super-fast motorcycle), Sects and his fellow Spy Hunters are given the assignment of defeating Daemon Curry, the evil president of a cartel called NOSTRA International, which has plans of world domination. Of course, the bad guys have their own souped-up weapon-packed vehicles, and they don't like being "hunted".

    Directed by John Woo (Face/off, Mission Impossible 2) and set to star WWE's The Rock (The Scorpion King) in the title roll, you can expect plenty of mindless violence, explosions and at least one chase sequence involving a bike and/or boat (probably both in this case considering the nature of the spy car!). The chase sequences will naturally be long drawn out affairs, usually leading to the audience wishing those involved would just hurry up and kill each other so the film can carry on. So expect an all action no brainer when it eventually appears.
  • Far Cry
  • An adaptation of the first-person-shooter video game where Jack Carver, a retired ocean patrol cop who now transports people and cargo to various islands, goes through hell when his boat blows up off the coast of an uncharted Micronesian island. His goal is to simply survive and to rescue a female reporter who had tagged along on the trip but was kidnapped by mercenaries who protect a laboratory hidden somewhere on the island.

    The most recent game being adapted to the big screen, Far Cry was only released in 2003 and was an instant hit. How well first person shooters will translate to the big screen remains to be seen. No cast has yet been announced.
  • Doom
    At war with alien demons, John Grimm, head of a special ops team, comes face-to-face with an organization responsible for the death of his parents.

    Yet another first-person-shooter (FPS) game that is being adapted. Doom was the game that set the standard all other FPS games have had to beat in terms of playability. Many a happy hour could be spent running around the virtual corridors, shooting anything that moved (be it enemies or fellow players alike!). Only one cast member has been announced so far - Karl Urban (The Chronicles of Riddick, The Bourne Supremacy).
  • Rainbow Six
    CIA agent John Clark pacts with other operatives to leave the agency in order to create a UK-based group dedicated to battling terrorism.

    Based on yet another first-person-shooter game (yes there are that many around!), this film stands out above the others for the simple fact that the story for the game was written by author Tom Clancy (The Sum of All Fears). So instead of pure action and explosions, there is the chance that this film will have an intelligent plot to go with it!
  • Tekken
    Based on the #1 selling video game, "Tekken" is a high-octane action movie about a young man who discovers he holds a great power and must battle a team of elite fighters who will stop at nothing in order to get it from him.

    What worries me most about this film is the simple fact that there is someone out there in the movie world that still thinks beat-em-ups can make good movies! Didn't Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat prove that this isn't possible? Even adding big name stars like Jean-Claude Van Damme and Christopher Lambert didn't help those.
  • Silent Hill
    Widower Harry Mason, who is trying to get away from the pain of his wife's loss by taking his daughter on a road trip. After a car accident on the outskirts of the resort town of Silent Hill, he regains consciousness to find that your daughter, who was previously asleep in the backseat, has vanished. To find her, he must go into town and discover what secrets linger seven years after a tragic fire scarred the town.

    Similar in mood and theme to Alone in the Dark, this film could end up being a suitably frightening horror film if done right. Details are still sketchy and the cast are unannounced, but the basic premise shouldn't be too far from the game in the same was that Resident Evil used the game as a guideline.

  • Article by Paul

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