WATCH: 10 video games meant for the big screen

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Syfy Wire Staff
Oct 20, 2017

Adapting video games into successful movies is sometimes like trying to extract orange juice from a ham sandwich, with very few examples of games that have made the smooth transition into Hollywood films with their spirits and dignity intact.

For every effective game-to-feature example like Mortal Kombat (1995), Doom (2005), Silent Hill (2006), or the Resident Evil franchise (2002-present), there's a stinker like Super Mario Brothers (1993), House of the Dead (2003), or Warcraft (2016). Those that succeed use the game's basic strengths and iconic visuals to build a cinematic foundation, with the others playing it too close to the original material and failing to create a separate big-screen experience.

Below are 10 existing video games that, provided the correct screenplay and director, might make a magnificent movie. Some, as in the case of Bioshock, have had A-list directors like Gore Verbinski attached, and others, like Mass Effect and Halo, have languished in development hell for eternity due to the staggering costs required to film.

Take a peek at this list of potential candidates, then tell us if there are other video games that could create a killer film franchise.

Additional reporting by Jeff Spry.