Which Movies Were Game Changers?
Hollywood has been mining literature for source material for years, often with excellent results — 11 literary adaptations were nominated for Academy Awards in 2012 alone — and comic books have inspired several of the most popular and successful movies in recent years. Video games, on the other hand, have proven to be difficult to successfully translate to film. Gamers are often more interested in a game's graphics or the ability to earn achievements than in its plot, so there is often little for the screenwriters to draw upon. As Corey May, co-founder of Sekretagent Productions explained to CNN, "It often comes down to money, as movie studios frequently choose to make films based on the franchises that sell the best, not those with the most cinematic potential."
Still, the success of the Resident Evil franchise — $893 million worldwide and counting— and the prospect of enticing the hundreds of millions of gamers around the world to turn out to see a movie based upon their favorite game keeps Hollywood going back to the video game well for more. Only days ago, it was announced that Ubisoft and New Regency's Assassin's Creed adaptation is moving forward with Michael Fassbender headlining, and there are dozens of other adaptations currently in development, which should be great news for movie fans and video game fans alike. Have there been some turkeys? Absolutely. More than a few, but, despite what CNN's video game expert may think, movies based on video games don't all "stink". In fact, some of them are downright badass. Help us select the video game movies that defied expectations by entertaining us instead of making us groan.
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Posted 10.26.12 by BrentJS
After Disney hired screenwriter David DiGilio (Eight Below) to write a sequel to Tron: Legacy in early June, it was assumed that the studio would make an official announcement about Tron 3 (working title) at this month's D23 Expo, but no such announcement was made. Disney hyped John Carter, The Avengers, Oz: The Great and Powerful and Pixar's upcoming slate of movies, but Tron 3 was completely off the radar. Well, not completely. Actor Bruce Boxleitner, who played Alan Bradley and the heroic program Tron in both the original movie and in Tron: Legacy, was in attendance at D23 and he revealed that Tron 3 is "already a done deal" and that it could be in theaters as early as 2013. what did Boxleitner say and what's Tron: Uprising? >> Posted 08.30.11 by BrentJS
Disney wants to take another trip to the grid and, this time, they don't want to wait 28 years to do it.
THR reports that Disney has hired screenwriter David DiGilio (Eight Below) to write a third installment of the franchise, which began in 1982 with Tron and continued in last year's Tron: Legacy. Digilio wouldn't be the first writer hired to take a pen to Tron 3 (working title).
Tron: Legacy screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis were hired to write the script for Tron 3 about eight months before Legacy opened. However, they're apparently too busy working on their upcoming ABC TV show Once Upon a Time, so DiGilio was brought in to replace the duo. what's in store for Tron 3? >> Posted 06.08.11 by Ryan
Fortunately for perfectionists like Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, the robust home entertainment market for Hollywood hits often allows minor tweaks or corrections to be made to the finished movie after it has left theaters. Tron: Legacy was released on DVD, Blu-Ray, and iTunes yesterday and, according to Kosinski in a recent interview with HitFix in support of the release, he performed "110 fixes" to the final sound mix that, combined with the look of the movie on Blu-ray, make what he considers to be "the definitive version of the movie." why does kosinski think blu-ray is the best? >> Posted 04.06.11 by BrentJS
Prior to the release of Tron: Legacy, director Joseph Kosinski was already talking about his follow-up project, Oblivion, an adaptation of Kosinski's illustrated, sci-fi novel. Disney picked up the rights last August, hiring William Monahan (The Departed) a month later to adapt the screenplay of a story that follows two long-lost lovers on the run on a decimated Earth filled with clones.
Days before Tron: Legacy opened, Kosinski updated Oblivion, revealing that "we're working on the script" and that the director would figure out what his next project would be after "the Christmas break." That deadline came and went, and no announcement has arrived for Oblivion. Instead, a teaser trailer for Tron 3 was rumored for Legacy's DVD/Blu-Ray, with Kosinski recently admitting that "we're working on the story right now." Wait, isn't that almost exactly what Kosinski said about Oblivion? What happened? Kosinski explains >> Posted 04.05.11 by Ryan
Disney didn't wait for Tron: Legacy to earn almost $400 million at the worldwide box office before setting up another sequel. The studio hired Legacy screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz to write the script for Tron 3 (working title) eight months before Legacy reached theaters.
In January, rumors began to spread that a teaser trailer for Tron 3 would be included in Legacy's DVD and Blu-Ray release on April 5, followed by a description of the scenes that comprise the teaser.
For those still doubting that Tron 3 is in development, Legacy director Joseph Kosinski told Assignment X that the draft of the sequel is still in the works.
where will the third Tron pick up? >> Posted 04.01.11 by Ryan
We’re working on the story right now. Once we get a script we’re all really happy with, we’ll take it to the powers that be and see if we can go back to the grid.
Talk of a second sequel to Tron has been making the rounds on the internet since February 2010, ten months before Tron: Legacy opened in theaters, and Disney has had Tron: Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz working on the script for Tron 3 (working title) since at least April 2010. Recently, it was rumored that a Tron 3 teaser might be appearing on the DVD and Blu-ray release of Tron: Legacy. Now, confirmation of this fact comes from Harry Knowles at AICN, who was reportedly given several details about the November shoot for the teaser, including a breakdown of the scenes that were shot, a call sheet, a location map and two photos from the set. what scenes will appear in the Tron: Legacy DVD extras? >> Posted 01.23.11 by BrentJS
For those that think there's been enough sequels and remakes coming out of Hollywood, we have bad news: they're making more. It's easy to see why remakes and sequels continue to get made. The top four grossing movies for 2010 were, in order, Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, and Twilight Saga: Eclipse, all sequels or remakes. The remakes of The Karate Kid and Clash of the Titans came in 11th and 12th, proving the box office value of remakes.
Almost a month in to 2011 and there are plenty of remakes and sequels in the works, including some many might have never guessed were being suggested, such as the remake of 1986's About Last Night....
Variety reports producer Will Gluck (Easy A) and Sony Screen Gems are working on a remake of the romantic comedy, which starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. Based on the 1974 David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, the original kept the play's opening monologue (performed by Jim Belushi) and essentially tossed out the rest, while earning $38 million at the box office. Gluck will supervise the hiring of a screenwriter and director for the remake. A Star is Born (Again), The Collection, and Tron 3 >> Posted 01.23.11 by Ryan
It's taken a couple of weeks, but THR reports that Disney's highly anticipated sequel Tron: Legacy has earned more than $100 million at the domestic box office, typically the benchmark for "blockbuster" status. Combined with the movie's foreign box office take, Tron: Legacy is now in pure profit mode, having conquered its $170 million budget.
Usually, when movies reach this level of profitability, a sequel announcement is not far behind. While Disney has yet to make that pronouncement, director Joseph Kosinski told MTV in a recent interview that he would be willing to return for another installment. Olivia Wilde wants to return >> Posted 12.31.10 by Ryan
Disney's long-awaited sequel, Tron: Legacy, opened in first place on its opening weekend, and continued going strong in its second week. Plans are already tentatively in place for a trilogy of Tron movies, with screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis reportedly working on the script for a sequel in April, and should Tron: Legacy continue its success, it's likely that a third Tron will find its way into theaters. The early script work would be a key for Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, who told Collider that having a finished script is one of the lessons he learned from directing his debut feature. More Tron on the way >> Posted 12.27.10 by Ryan