If Sucker Punch’s Brian Fleming is to be believed, you should expect to see a lot more video games turned into movie IPs to the point that they rival comic books. While in the past, this would sound like a ridiculously terrible notion for gamers everywhere, the recent success of some video game titles turned movie shouldn’t go overlooked. Not only did Jolie push the Tomb Raider franchise to respectable box office numbers, but recently the Prince of Persia had the same monetary effect as well.
“I don’t know if comics were as generational as videogames are now, but what I can see is that comics were the place where exciting properties were created for 40 years,” Felming told Play magazine. “The movies are just mining that and capitalising on all those properties. I think that videogames are creating a lot of universes and properties now and as a creative place they are very similar.”
“You had the creation of Spider-Man, Batman, Superman and you can name them all and they’re all the movies that have happened, all created almost a generation ago on paper,” added Fleming. “I believe that a lot of the properties that we’re working on, meaning the industry more broadly, will create enduring theatrical properties in the next generation. This will be a source of many IPs that will be established and will do well.”
“There haven’t been any great movies about videogames and that would parallel what happened with comics too. None of them were great until maybe the late 1980’s like the Batman movies. I think it will happen.”
As long as Uwe Boll isn’t at the helm of these adaptations, the success rate should go through the roof for certain video game IPs. Gamers can already potentially look forward to movie adaptations of Mass Effect, inFamous and Kane & Lynch, but things should spread like wild fire from there if they’re ever produced and finished.