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Has there ever been a game to film adaptation that hasn't been utter b*llocks?

Or a game that was adapted from a film that wasn't an unplayable and rushed cash in?

did the Prince of Persia movie come out yet? That seems to have high expectations...?

July 26, 2010 | Registered CommenterI M S

I don't think it was as much of a Turkey as Doom or Mario Bros the movie, but it was still pretty much panned.

Ironically Tron was awesome which is a film based on a fictional video game/environment - but can't even be used as a exception to the rule.

it's probably not the kind of game you meant, but the worst example of game to film *has* to be the Dungeons & Dragons movie!

and one example of a game to film that is brilliant is 'Clue'.... the film of the game cluedo. if you've never seen it, you really ought to.

July 27, 2010 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

Scrabble the film was woefully underated

July 27, 2010 | Registered CommenterDan Collacott

The Connect 4 trilogy was the epic that Scrabble *tried* to be.

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYezzir

Has Prince of Persia actually come out yet?

July 29, 2010 | Registered CommenterI M S

been and gone thank fully and not a patch on Buckaroo the three part TV film on Channel 5

Gemma Arterton is FINE.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterImThe1

I think this thread got side tracked slightly, it was meant to be video games that had been adapted into films not Board Games. That needs to be another thread, along with theme park rides adapted into films which is suprisingly quite a lot.

I have seen Clue and it is an excellent film.

But going back on topic, has anyone seen Doom the film? I had massive hopes for that one and there is only one section on it that works and that is when the director recreates the look and feel of the game in a first person camera section like the game, it was genius! Sadly the rest was fairly low brow.

Another film that worked for me was the first Resident Evil film which i really loved, sadly the films that followed haven't really hit the mark but it is stilll the most successful game to film franchise going, enough that a 3D film is on the way!

Check here (copy and paste):

oh and i did some research and Clue was made into a video game a long time ago (SNES and PC), so that was the game adaptation from a film that was adapted from a board game.

Found this also re the video game of Clue

and more about the film here:

August 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterDan Collacott

don't want to be picky, but you never specified video games :-)

Even so, D&D has been turned into so many Video game franchise (Baldurs gate, Neverwinter nights, etc) that it still counts. with such a rich tapestry of background material to draw from I'm amazed at how they produced such an awful movie.

Are there any games that you think could be turned into good movies?

August 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

Bioshock and Deadspace would make awesome films! In fact I think both are being considered along with Kane & Lynch.

Resident Evil 4 if made as a film would have been superb also - in fact i wish they had better aligned the films with the games as apart from the first one and they occasional end of level baddie cropping up the films do seem to be within a completely different and much dafter universe.

Judging by this, Neill Blomkamp should be allowed to make the Halo film as he is clearly knows what he is doing!

Oh and i forgot to add - I liked Max Payne the film, i may well be alone in that regard though.

Also after playing Transformers War for Cybertron on the Xbox 360 (basically Halo but with robots, f*cking ace!) i did shed a tear at just how bad the movies have been. I can't believe they are letting Bay do a third installment to this utter mess of a trilogy.

What other board games have been made into films though? I know the film Mousetrap is loosely based on the game, I'm sure they could do something based around Monopoly in fact I'd be surprised if the Americans haven't?

They actually are doing a Monopoly movie, helmed by Ridley Scott:

August 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterI M S