Once upon a time, video game publishers would release their titles and base them on movies, but in recent years, that trend has been flipped on its head as games have become more detailed and immersive and, above all, more popular than ever before. Not any game can be made a movie. Of course, games that have an interesting storyline or amazing graphics are easier to adapt due to the existing features that can already be manipulated into the movie. If we’re talking about easy fishing games or puzzle games, it’s best that we leave them as games that the whole family can enjoy.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at three movies which have been based on video games:
One of the first movies to be based on a mobile game is Angry Birds Movie was released in 2016, seven years after the first game had made it on to our smartphone screens. Despite the seemingly limited storyline, the Angry Birds Movie, starring Jason Sudeikis and Sean Penn, was a big hit, especially with younger audiences. It grossed $352 million; the second highest takings for a video game adaptation ever. A sequel is due to be released next year.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
One of the first movies to be based on a successful video game franchise, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was released in 2001 and starred Angelina Jolie as the tough, all-action Croft. Tomb Raider had been one of the stand-out video game titles of the ’90s, but its success couldn’t be adapted to the silver screen, despite Jolie’s best efforts. An updated version, starring Alicia Vikander, came out in 2018.
Arguably the most successful video game-to-movie adaptation of all time, the Resident Evil action/horror series spawned six separate films, with Milla Jovovich the main character in each. The films were based on the zombie-infested Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2 video games from the ’90s and helped to boost their popularity, with a number of further titles released after the initial film’s premiere in 2002. A reboot of the film series was announced in May 2017.