There was a period of time a while back when it felt as though movies based on video games were being announced every second day, to the point where I simply stopped caring and openly wondered whether a single one would actually make it to cinemas. As an experiment, Kotaku Australia publisher Danny Allen decided to collate a list of all the 'video game movies' currently in production. It is insane. Brace yourself. This is a long list.
But first, a disclaimer. Danny informs me that this list was produced based on an exhaustive search of every movie related rumour he could possibly find. Some could be legit, some could be based on complete hearsay. Some are super early in production, some are close to release.
Me, I just find some of the games on this list hilarious. A Gran Turismo movie? Really?
Here it is, in no particular order!
Resident Evil 6 [Warner / Village Roadshow]
Care Factor? I think I'm about done with this series…
Chances Of Getting Made? Yeah, this will happen. It's going to happen.
Assassins Creed Movie [20th Century Fox)
Care Factor? I love the Assassin's Creed series, but not a big fan of the science fiction aspect. I suspect a movie would focus on that side of things way too much.
Chances Of Getting Made? I'd say high. Prince of Persia got made, and Assassin's Creed is a big deal in terms of sales.
Ratchet & Clank Movie (Blockade)
Care Factor? Pretty low. Non-existent almost.
Chances Of Getting Made? Maybe as some sort of straight to digital/dvd style kids movie? I dunno. I don't think this will make it over the line. [Another goof: this is far enough in production to have a trailer!]
Warcraft Movie (Warner)
Care Factor? High. Very high. This has real potential, particularly with Duncan Jones at the helm. He hasn't made a bad movie yet.
Chances Of Getting Made? Has been stuck in production hell for a while now, but I have faith with this one.
Agent 47 (20th Century Fox)
Care Factor? Low to average. First one wasn't bad.
Chances Of Getting Made? I'm going to say naaaah. This is a 'reboot' supposedly. Don't see it making it to cinemas. [Update: I have just been informed that this movie is already at the shooting stage!]
Angry Birds Movie (Sony Pictures)
Care Factor? Zilcho.
Chances Of Getting Made? Sadly… extremely high.
Metal Gear Solid Movie (Sony / Colombia)
Care Factor? Yeah, I could get behind this, although story is probably the weakest part of the MGS series.
Chances Of Getting Made? This has been rumoured forever. I don't think it'll ever see the light of day.
Sly Cooper animated film (Blockade)
Care Factor? Low.
Chances Of Getting Made? High. There was already a trailer. We'll see this soon.
Splinter Cell Movie (Warner / Paramount)
Care Factor? Tom Hardy is apparently rumoured to be involved. That could be cool.
Chances Of Getting Made? Dunno. Is Splinter Cell still the force it once was as a brand?
Mortal Kombat: Devastation [Warner / Village Roadshow]
Care Factor? I'm not interested, but I never liked the original movies all that much.
Chances Of Getting Made? I can't gauge this one at all. Thoughts?
Tekken – A Man Called X [conflicting reports]
Care Factor? I dunno about this.
Chances Of Getting Made? This will never get made. I all but guarantee it.
Half-Life [TBA) (Paramount)
Care Factor? Hahaha! Yeah, this might be cool.
Chances Of Getting Made? We'll see Half-Life 3 before we see this movie. Take from that what you will.
Care Factor? I think this could be fun, just for the crazy cinematography, the sense of discovery and the humour.
Chances Of Getting Made? I don't see it. Too weird for Hollywood.
Asteroids(Sony / Colombia)
Care Factor? Hahahah. What?
Chances Of Getting Made? If Hollywood can make a movie from Battleships, they can do anything.
Heavy Rain (Sony / Colombia)
Care Factor? It's already a movie, and I don't mean that negatively at all.
Chances Of Getting Made? I can't see it happening.
Driver [Sony / Colombia]
Care Factor? I think some sort of 70s style driving movie with Sci-Fi elements like Life on Mars.
Chances Of Getting Made? Yeah maybe. I can't call this one.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Sony / Colombia)
Care Factor? I think a movie set in this universe would be fun if done right.
Chances Of Getting Made?
Gran Turismo [Sony / Colombia)
Care Factor? This is on the list based on some seriously flimsy rumours. I can't get invested in this.
Chances Of Getting Made? No chance in hell.
Dead Island [Lions Gate]
Care Factor? Only if it delivers on that trailer that turned out to be empty fluff.
Chances Of Getting Made? Nope. No chance.
Uncharted: Drakes Fortune Movie (Colombia Pictures)
Care Factor? High. But I love Indiana Jones more than life itself.
Chances Of Getting Made? I say high. I think this movie gets made at some point. I also think they'll get it right. Crazy, I know.
Mass Effect feature film (Warner Bros)
Care Factor? I think I'm happy with this staying in video game land. The choice thing is sort of integral to the series.
Chances Of Getting Made? I'm on the fence. Sci-fi is popular now. I'm going to go with maybe.
Tomb Raider: Untitled third movie (MGM Pictures)
Care Factor? Not really interested.
Chances Of Getting Made? Low. Don't see it.
Just Cause: Scorpion Rising (Square Enix films)
Care Factor? I have literally no idea what to expect from this? Insane XxX style James Bond movie? Might be cool.
Chances Of Getting Made? No way this gets made.
RollerCoaster Tycoon (Sony Pictures)
Care Factor? Hahahahahahahaha! Oh man, this list is crazy.
Chances Of Getting Made? No way. Just no way.
Watch Dogs (20th Century Fox / New Regency)
Care Factor? I'd like to play the game first please.
Chances Of Getting Made? Too many variables at this stage. We don't really know if the game will deliver critically or commercially.
Far Cry film reboot [TBA]
Care Factor? I think there's a good movie in there somewhere.
Chances Of Getting Made? Is Far Cry a big enough series to get the budget it deserves?
Kane & Lynch (Lionsgate)
Care Factor? No thanks. Games weren't that great. This production has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Chances Of Getting Made? I think production on this has stalled.
Devil May Cry (Sony Screen Gems)
Care Factor? If they go all out and make this camp as hell — count me in.
Chances Of Getting Made? Don't think it'll ever get made.
Gears Of War (Legendary / New Line)
Care Factor? Cliff Bleszinski once complained that they took his sci-fi 'Band of Brothers' concept and turned it into 'Predator'. I say, 'what the hell was wrong with Predator?' Predator is the second greatest action movie ever made (after Die Hard). Point being: this movie could be awesome.
Chances Of Getting Made? I say pretty high.
Tom Clancy's Rainbox Six movie [Unknown]
Care Factor? No enthusiasm for this.
Chances Of Getting Made? Nope. No way.
Spy Hunter (Universal Pictures)
Care Factor? This was supposed to star The Rock, so yeah, pretty hyped. They have a blank slate on this one essentially.
Chances Of Getting Made? I think that ship may have sailed.
Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below.