Hollywood has turned its gaze from comic books towards video games as a source for “new” material. There have Sonic: The Hedgehog -The Movie was a blockbuster success. In contrast, other films like Mortal Kombat, Uncharted, and Welcome to Raccoon City failed to transfer the essence of the games onto the big screen. Studios aren’t giving up and are now trying to format video games into tv series. The Last of Us and Halo already have shows premiering in the new future.
While this new approach hasn’t proven viable, studios are still pressing to start more video game tv series.
Amazon Prime has greenlit a series for the successful franchise Fallout. Fallout is a first-person RPG set in a post-nuclear world. Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are onboard for this project, with Nolan directing the pilot.
Recently, it was announced that character actor Walton Goggins has signed on to be the lead actor for the series. No other casting news has been released, but we can be sure more is on the way.
Life is Strange
Amazon’s next series may be more geared towards younger gamers. Dontnod Entertainment’s Life is Strange is also getting the TV treatment. Life is Strange is a series of primarily episodic graphic adventure games where your decisions directly affect the game. The main protagonist is a teenage girl who can control time. She must use these abilities to solve a mystery and prevent the destruction of her town. Shawn Mendes has signed on to executive produce the Life Is Strange series, which is pretty strange if you ask us.
Last on Amazon’s list of video game series is Disco Elysium. Disco Elysium is a role-playing video game that takes place in a large city still recovering from a war decades before the game’s start, with players taking the role of an amnesiac detective who has been tasked with solving a murder mystery. During the investigation, he comes to recall events about his past and current forces trying to affect the city.
Dmitri M. Johnson’s dj2 Entertainment is responsible for bringing these video game adaptations to the service. Johnso co-produced the Sonic the Hedgehog film adaption and the upcoming sequel.
Are you a fan of any of these series? Is there another franchise you think is more deserving of a tv show? Share your thoughts in the comments below.