With the redesigned Sonic the Hedgehog movie racing to theaters and the Uncharted movie losing yet another director, we thought it would be a good time to revisit the list of all the other video game movies that have been announced, planned, or are currently in production right now.
Only a handful of them will probably ever happen and only a fraction of those have actual release dates. We decided to round them all up anyway.
For the purposes of this list, we classify a “video game movie” as an actual film adaptation of an existing video game, so something like Wreck-It Ralph (which is just a movie about video games) wouldn’t qualify. They don’t have to be faithful adaptations – they just have to be based on a real game.
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Sonic the Hedgehog
Release Date: February 14, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog is getting a live-action movie adaptation, with Jim Carrey starring as Dr. Robotnik and Jason Schwartzman voicing the titular hero. This one was announced all the way back in 2014, and has been followed up with a truly nightmarish trailer that inspired a complete redesign.
Release Date: September 4, 2020
Paul W. S. Anderson (the Resident Evil movie series) is directing the Monster Hunter movie for Screen Gems. It will star Milla Jovovich, Ron Perlman and Tony Jaa as members of a UN military team sucked into an alternate dimension full of deadly beasts.
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Michael B. Jordan will star as John Clark in two of Paramount’s planned Rainbow Six Siege movies, based on the Tom Clancy books Rainbow Six and Without Remorse. Without Remorse is scheduled for release in September 2020, and an ensemble-driven Rainbow Six sequel is currently planned.
Release Date: December 18, 2020 (for now)
Sony’s Uncharted movie has gained and lost six directors since being announced in 2009. Bumblebee’s Travis Knight is the latest director to walk away from the adaptation, citing scheduling conflicts. The good news is that Tom Holland is still slated to star as adventurer Nathan Drake, with Mark Wahlberg playing his mentor Sully. For now, Sony is sticking to its December 2020 release date, though a delay into 2021 seems all but certain at this point.
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Release Date: January 15, 2021
At one point New Line had a second sequel to 1995’s Mortal Kombat in the works, but now the studio is rebooting the series with The Conjuring’s James Wan as producer and Simon McQuoid directing. The cast includes Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Briggs, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero and Lewis Tan in an undisclosed role. Production wrapped in December 2019, suggesting the reboot should meet its January 2021 release date.
Tomb Raider 2
Release Date: March 19, 2021
Despite mediocre reviews for 2018’s Tomb Raider, MGM and Warner Bros. seem happy enough with the film’s box office performance to move forward with a sequel. New writer Amy Jump is penning the script, and Alicia Vikander has expressed an interest in reprising the role of Lara Croft.
Minecraft: The Movie
Release Date: March 4, 2022
Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) will direct the Minecraft movie, which will tell the story of a teenage girl trying to save the Overworld from an Ender Dragon.
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Assassin’s Creed 2
A sequel to the first Assassin’s Creed movie was already in the works during the production of the first, but information about the follow-up is minimal.
The Borderlands movie was announced back in 2016, to be produced by Avi and Ari Arad and written by Aaron Berg.
Call of Duty
There isn’t just one Call of Duty movie in development – its sequel is already being planned too. Sicario 2 director Stefano Solima is set to direct the first one.
Jane the Virgin-star Gina Rodriguez is set to play Carmen Sandiego in both a live-action film she is also producing, and an animated TV series produced by Netflix.
MoviePass Films has partnered with Atari to produce films based on both Centipede and Missile Command. MoviePass’ shutdown in 2019 casts the future of this project in doubt.
Arcade run and gun classic Contra is getting a live-action film in China, produced by Beijing Starlit Movie and TV Culture.
Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is set to helm this adaptation of the Ubisoft game, which will star Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal in leading roles.
Gearbox Software has reportedly teamed up with the Assassin’s Creed movie producer Jean-Julien Baronnet to adapt Duke Nukem into a movie. John Cena is rumored to star.
In 2016 it was announced that Campo Santo’s Firewatch was going to be adapted into a movie, but we’ve heard nothing since.
Five Nights at Freddy’s
A Five Nights at Freddy’s movie is currently in the works from Blumhouse, but production recently hit a snag after the greenlit screenplay was rejected by Five Nights creator Scott Cawthon.
In 2016 it was reported that a ‘live-action family comedy’ based around Halfbrick’s Fruit Ninja is in the works, but we’ve heard nothing since.
Gears of War
A Gears of War film under Universal was first announced back in 2016, and new screenwriter F. Scott Frazier (Collide, xXx: Return of Xander Cage) was more recently tapped to write the movie. Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista admitted he considered playing Marcus Fenix in a Gears of War movie a “dream role.
A movie based on Half Life was meant to be in the works from JJ Abrams, but it seems to be subject to the Half Life 3 curse.
First announced in 2006, the rights to a Heavy Rain were bought by two former New Line executives. It’s safe to say this one will probably never see the light of day, though it was never announced it was officially canceled.
Just Dance is going to be a video game. In January 2019 it was announced that Screen Gems will develop a film version of Ubisoft’s annual video game, somehow.
Kane & Lynch
This one was first announced in 2007, and was originally set to star Jamie Foxx and Bruce Willis. The last we heard anything around this movie was in 2013 when THR reported Gerard Butler and Vin Diesel were in talks for the two leads.
The Last of Us
The Last of Us movie is in “development hell”, according to the game’s director Neil Druckmann, who wrote the original script for Screen Gems. In 2018 Druckmann said that if it ever went ahead, he hopes that the studio doesn’t use his script.
In 2010, it was announced that former Marvel Studios head Avi Arad would be adapting Mass Effect for the big screen for Warner Bros. Legendary Pictures picked up the deal in 2011, but divorced from Warner Bros. in 2013. The last we heard about this was when BioWare head Casey Hudson said it was still in the works in March of that year.
In late 2013, it was announced that Capcom and 20th Century Fox would be making a movie based on the Mega Man franchise. It will be written and directed by Catfish’s Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
Metal Gear Solid
Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct this adaptation of Konami’s long-running action game franchise as rooted in Hideo Kojima’s lore, but not a straight-up adaptation of the story from the games. A script was already completed, but the movie doesn’t yet have a date.
The movie adaptation of Metro 2033 is currently on hold, after screenwriter F.Scott Frazier butted heads with Metro creator Dmitry Glukhovsky over the film’s setting. Who knows where it will go from here.
The last we heard about a Missile Command movie was 2016, after it was announced Atari was teaming up with Emmett/Furla/Oasis films to spin the 1980 arcade game into a big screen spectacle.
Paramount Pictures has a Monument Valley adaptation in the works, and animator Patrick Osborne (Big Hero 6) is due to direct the live-action/CGI hybrid.
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu 2
Legendary Pictures announced a sequel to Detective Pikachu in January 2019, two months before the original hit theaters. While there’s been little news since, the strong performance of the first movie gives us no reason to assume the sequel isn’t still a top priority. 22 Jump Street’s Oren Uziel is penning the screenplay.
Like Half-Life, a movie based on Portal was meant to be in the works from JJ Abrams. The status of this is anyone’s guess.
A movie based on Ubisoft’s Rabbids franchise was first announced in 2015, as a collaboration between Ubisoft and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Robot Chicken’s Matthew Senreich, Tom Sheppard and Zeb Wells were set to write the script.
The Resident Evil film franchise is due to be rebooted by director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters down). The Conjuring’s James Wan will produce the first of a planned six (!) movie series. That first movie was slated to begin production in 2019, though there’s been little news since Roberts signed on.
We haven’t heard anything about the RollerCoaster Tycoon movie since 2010, when it was reported that Harald Zwart (the Karate Kid remake) would be heading up the film for Sony Pictures Animation.
Scott Pilgrim producer Marc Platt was poised to adapt Shinobi to the big screen back in 2016. “With Shinobi, we hope to make a film that honors the essence of the games,” Platt said at the time.
It was back in 2007 that we heard a Sims movie was in the works with 20th Century Fox. We’ve heard nothing since, so it’s possible that the project is long dead.
A Sleeping Dogs adaptation was confirmed to be in development in 2017, with radio silence since, Donnie Yen confirmed it was still happening on his Instagram account in 2018.
Super Mario: The Movie
Nintendo and animation studio Illumination teamed up, with Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri co-producing a CG-animated take on Nintendo’s most popular character due out in 2022. Universal Studios, Nintendo’s partner for Mushroom Kingdom theme park attractions, will distribute the film.
In 2016, Tetris producer Larry Kasanoff confirmed he was planning a sci-fi trilogy around the iconic puzzle game. How that will actually work is still up for debate.
A Watch Dogs movie was announced in 2013, but it has since lingered in development hell, despite a brief announcement in 2016 that it was “still happening.”
Ubisoft’s social VR deception game Werewolves Within is getting a big-screen adaptation, with Mishna Wolff writing the script.