Four Video Game-Based Movies or Television Series in the Works

Lisa Tate

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Hopefully soon, the pandemic will be over and new original movie content will be in the works once more. I’m not talking about the viral pandemic, but rather the seemingly ongoing flood of reboots of films that shouldn’t be remade, updated (and often ruined), live action versions of animated classics, and sequels that are approaching the double digits.

However, one storytelling trend that is producing some interesting results is the trend of video games being turned into original films and shows. And there are a few currently in the works. Here are four video games in particular I’m looking forward to seeing on the big screen (or television) in the future.

Uncharted

This popular Sony adventure series that follows treasure hunter Nathan Drake around the globe in search of historical mysteries is being planned for a tentative 2021 release starring Spider-Man portrayer Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Sully. If you can’t wait until then, here’s a fanmade Uncharted short, starring Nathan Fillion, Stephen Land and Ernie Reyes Jr. I almost can’t see any feature film topping this in the casting department.

The Cuphead Show!

The fantastically vintage style computer “run and gun” game Cuphead is getting a Netflix series that brings together Cuphead, Mugman, The Devil, Elder Kettle and more. It was scheduled to begin this year, but like many other projects, it looks like it will make its way onto Netflix in 2021.

In case you’re unfamiliar with these cups’ exploits, here’s the original story idea told in three minutes.

Borderlands

The gritty, grinding, fun and crazy Borderlands video game series couldn’t have a more appropriate director, as it is currently in the pre-production stages from Eli Roth. So far, the only casting pick announced is Cate Blanchett as the badass Lilith, and no release date has been set. Ergo, you Handsome Jack fans will have to wait and see who else and what else surfaces on the planet of Pandora in the near future.

Fallout

The creators of the award-winning series Westworld, Kilter Films*,* announced this year they are working on an original Amazon series based on Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic retro noir action game series Fallout. It's still in the early, early stages but the folks at Bethesda are so pumped by it hey released a very short, cryptic “teaser” in July. If this series keep the darkly fun B-movie feel of the game…and Nick Valentine plays a prominent part…it should really be a blast.

As it looks like too many new films and shows won’t be coming this year, 2021 and 2022 just may give gamers (as well as action, animation and science fiction fans) something to which they can look forward.

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