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
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...
Mortal Kombat : Domination
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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