You may have noticed the trend in the last couple of years of a sudden emergence of video game-based movies. With some games that one could expect to see a movie adaptation being made like cult classic adventure game Tomb Raider to games like Angry Birds that one couldn’t possibly wrap their head around a viable movie script for, Hollywood never fails to take a concept and develop it into a visual masterpiece.
With the anticipation building around the release of The Angry Birds Movie 2, we dove into some of the latest video game movie adaptations to hit the big screen and took a peek at some of the notable, upcoming titles to look out for!
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 (2019)
That’s right, the flash phone game phenomenon is getting a second movie! Already receiving high acclaim from fans and critics, the second installment of the Angry Birds franchise is bound to be a hilarious ride as we join Red, Chuck, Bomb and the rest of the birds as they continue their skirmish with the pigs. Still, it’s impressive to see a complete second movie concept developed from a game where you simply chuck birds with a slingshot.
RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (2016)
(left to right) Fraser James (Michael), Milla Jovovich (Alice), Ali Larter (Claire) and Eoin Macken (Doc) in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Yielding 6 movies over the span of 14 years, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was the latest movie in the series to spawn from the 1996 video game. Full of cheesy, over-the-top action sequences, we follow the rogue warrior, Alice, as she yet again fights off the evil Umbrella Corp. Can we expect to see another installment in the coming years? We have our fingers crossed.
POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU (2019)
Maybe one of the most highly anticipated video game adaptations of the decade was Pokémon Detective Pikachu from the illustrious Pokémon Company. Based off the premise from the 2016 Nintendo game, Pikachu was given a troubled backstory as we join the adorable, wise-cracking, super-sleuth as he solves yet another mystery. This movie was a pure triumph for all Pokémon fans and movie fans alike.
TOMB RAIDER (2018)
Alicia Vikander (Lara Croft) in Tomb Raider (2018)
With the most recent release having rolled out in 2018, Lara Croft is the latest video game heroine to receive a big screen adaptation. With a previous performance by Angelina Jolie, the 2018 version of the movie featured Oscar®-winning actor Alicia Vikander as we follow Croft in her origin story where she sets off to find her missing father and becomes the badass adventurer we all know and love.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (2020)
Looking down the road a bit, we can finally expect to see Sonic the Hedgehog roll into theatres on February 14, 2020. Receiving a lot of backlash earlier this year for its *ahem* troubling animation of the beloved blue mammal, it seems that developers have taken notes and given the character a complete overhaul.
Minecraft has already begun to build the hype around the release of its movie set for March 4, 2022. Still almost 3 years out, we have very little information on what to expect from this movie, though we do know that it will be true to its original content as the game developers themselves are handling the production of the entire movie!
For all of you video game lovers or just fans of a good animated comedy, make sure to get your tickets to see The Angry Birds Movie 2 flying into Regal August 14th!