Reviews - Updated on April 14, 2022

Film distribution this year is loyal to the gaming community – in January, the movie “Assassin’s Creed” was released (read our review here), and recently “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (is it really the last one) on the big screens. Both tapes are quite capable of permanently discourage the desire to go to “live” films based on video games. To prevent this from happening by accident, we decided to figure out what adaptations are looming on the horizon. Well, in fact, not only stupidity and trash?

Uncharted: directed by Shawn Levy, written by Joe Carnahan, premiered 2018.

Uncharted and The Last of Us are among those game lines that were already doomed to be filmed at birth. Sony, of course, did not think to miss the chance to earn extra money. Almost completely removing Naughty Dog from participation in the project, the Japanese corporation began to hire screenwriters, reject their writings and write checks to new authors. With the directors, too, leapfrog – to Uncharted watched Neil Burger (Neil Burger; “Area of ​​darkness”) and Seth Gordon (Seth Gordon). Now the chair of honor is occupied by Shawn Levy, behind whom are The Pink Panther, Night at the Museum and Real Steel. We have no doubt that the Canadian is able to shoot a boring action movie.

Joe Carnahan is responsible for the current version of the script, you probably know him from Aces of Trumps and The A-Team. In early January, he boasted on Instagram * that the story he invented was “brutally cool.” While we believe in the word.

There is no information about the main actors. For some time, the name of Mark Wahlberg, who starred in the vague film version of Max Payne, was associated with the picture. However, the actor denies any involvement in the project.

Previously, Uncharted was supposed to be released on June 30, 2017. Then Sony changed plans – the picture needs a thorough study.

The Last of Us: directed by (?), written by Neil Druckmann, produced by Sam Raimi, release date unknown.

If, in the case of the film adaptation of Uncharted, Sony considers Naughty Dog employees as annoying consultants whose opinion can be safely ignored, then the situation is somewhat different. The script for the adaptation, announced in the spring of 2014, was drafted by Neil Druckmann himself. The rights to the film belong to Sony, Druckmann is satisfied with his own work (well, of course!), But the Japanese corporation has a different view of history. As a result, the producer, the notorious Sam Raimi (“Evil Dead”, “Spider-Man”), is sandwiched between a rock and a hard place – he is unable to somehow influence the dispute.

It is known that Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler were considered for the role of Joel, and Maisie Williams was considered for the role of Ellie. But now it’s pointless to make predictions – The Last of Us is in a capital coma. To know what Druckmann is fighting for!

Splinter Cell: Directed by (?), Written by Frank John Hughes, release date unknown.

You will not envy the fate of the film version of Splinter Cell – this is a detailed long-term construction, the dubious cactus of the championship of which can only be challenged by the adaptation of Halo by Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jackson, crushed by the multi-kilogram authority of Microsoft. As screenwriters Splinter Cell managed to mark JT Petty (JT Petty), Eric Warren Singer (Eric Warren Singer), Sheldon Turner (Sheldon Turner) and other gentlemen. The latest draft belongs to the pen and pens of Frank John Hughes.

In early February, we quoted producer Basil Iwanyk as saying that the script will soon be sent to Tom Hardy, who has been assigned the role of Sam Fisher since time immemorial. It is possible that production will start this year. The position of the director is vacant and still warm – not so long ago, the famous Doug Liman left her (Doug Liman; “Edge of Tomorrow”).

The Division: directed and written by Stephen Gaghan, release date 2018.

As you know, Ubisoft Entertainment and Ubisoft Motion Pictures have Napoleonic plans (the French, what to take from them) to conquer the film market. In the summer of 2013, Variety estimated that the ambitious publisher was busy with six film adaptations – Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell (it’s still there), Ghost Recon (produced by Michael Bay – Michael Bay), Watch Dogs, Rabbids and Far Cry .

The conquest of Hollywood, however, has been postponed until better times: Assassin’s Creed did not perform well at the box office – with a budget of $125 million, fees amounted to only $212 million, which is not enough to turn one film into a large-caliber franchise. Even the fact that Ubisoft personally selected the film crew and controlled production did not help.

Now the publisher is actively sending out press releases on The Division movies, and other projects are politely pushed aside. Ubisoft has already agreed on the participation of eminent artists – Jake Gyllenhaal (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Jessica Chastain (Jessica Chastain). Found also director and writer in one person – Stephen Gehen (Stephen Gaghan), snatched “Oscar” for “Traffic”. In March, his last film, “Gold” with Matthew McConaughey, will be announced at the Russian box office. There we will evaluate whether the American has lost his former fuse.

Tomb Raider: Director – Roar Uthaug, Writer – Geneva Robertson-Dworet, premiere date – March 15, 2018.

Now about the tape that escaped from the stuffy studio rooms – Tomb Raider. This is a restart of the once popular dilogy with Angelina Jolie (Angelina Jolie), who was replaced by the Swedish lady Alicia Vikander (Alicia Vikander). Filming is underway in South Africa – pictures with Vikander in character have already surfaced on the Internet.

According to the actress, the new movie is based on the 2013 game. According to producer Graham King (Graham King), Lara will go in search of her father, archaeologist Richard Croft, who disappeared in an unknown direction.

Directs the production process, by the way, the Norwegian Roar Uthaug. That and look Miss Croft will bring to Scandinavia!

Gears of War: Director (?), Writer (?), Producers – Scott Stuber (Scott Stuber) and Dylan Clark (Dylan Clark), release date unknown.

Microsoft spent a long time shifting papers and paper clips on the table, trying to “port” Halo and Gears of War to the silver screen. As a result, the Redmond giant abandoned both productions. Len Wiseman, creator of the Underworld franchise, was eyeing the Gears of War film.

In the wake of the launch of Gears of War 4, however, it turned out that Microsoft has not lost interest in the film version of the cult shooter. Rod Fergusson, the head of The Coalition, told the press that the picture is in the works, and the producers are Dylan Clark (Oblivion) ​​and Scott Stuber (47 Ronin) – a convincing bundle, if you take into account their portfolio ( especially Clark). We hope Gears of War doesn’t get stuck in production hell with them.

Sonic the Hedgehog Directed by Jeff Fowler Written by Patrick Casey and Josh Miller Produced by Tim Miller and Neal H. Moritz Premiere – 2018 year.

You might be surprised, but SEGA is dreaming of plans to conquer Hollywood to match Ubisoft. Variety reports that films and series based on Shinobi, Virtua Fighter, Golden Ax, Crazy Taxi, The House of the Dead, Altered Beast and Streets of Rage are in development. Well, right now, SEGA, together with Sony, is preparing a hybrid of a “live” film and CGI, dedicated to the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

The film adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog should be successful, given that serious producers are at the helm – Neal H. Moritz (“Green Hornet”) and Tim Miller. Miller made a name for Deadpool, but attentive players should remember him for his participation in the creation of Hellgate: London and Mass Effect 2. He seated Blur Studio colleague Jeff Fowler in the director’s chair, while he himself discusses with James Cameron (James Cameron) a new the Terminator series.


The next two or three years at the box office will definitely turn out to be curious – it’s not always for filmmakers to sit in a puddle, what if a new long-lived franchise like Paul W. S. Anderson’s Resident Evil appears? The Briton himself dreams of switching to Monster Hunter. Don’t forget the long-suffering Mass Effect adaptation, Firewatch, Minecraft, Tetris, Borderlands, and the Dead Rising, Myst, and Mirror’s Edge series. Let’s just say it’s going to be fun – even if JJ Abrams and Gabe Newell don’t agree on Portal and Half-Life adaptations.

* The activities of the parent organization “Meta” are recognized as extremist and banned in the territory of the Russian Federation

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