With The Last Of Us arriving on small screens, we look back at the chequered history of video game adaptations.
Sadly, it’ll never happen.
'Mute', Duncan Jones' spiritual sequel to 'Moon', will hit Netflix on 23 February.
If you went into the 2011 Ryan Gosling film expecting a pedal-to-the-metal action flick, you were probably disappointed, even if the resulting drama was still one of the best movies that year. Investment banker Andrew Greene sued the Scorsese movie for using his likeness in a character called Nicky Koskoff, played by actor P.J. O’Byrne, who’s one of Jordan Belfort’s (Leonardo Di Caprio) greedy, amoral trader posse.
Netflix subscribers rejoice… the new movie from Duncan Jones is heading directly for the streaming service as well as your local cinema. Skarsgård is starring in the sci-fi movie, which ‘Moon’ director Jones has said is indebted to the world of Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’.
Dive into the video game movie that heightened our expectations of a video game movie, and then crushed them again - Warcraft!
More than three years in the making, then savaged by critics and ignored by cinema-goers, it’s generally accepted that the big screen adaptation of online game ‘World of Warcraft’ was a bit of a disaster. Now its director Duncan Jones has admitted that he’s equal parts ‘proud and furious’ about how things turned out, describing the production as being like ‘death of 1000 cuts’.
Not only has ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ been met with savage critical reviews, but it has now flopped at the US box office, too. According to Variety, ‘Resurgence’ brought in just $41 million in the US. This means that it could still prove to be somewhat of a success if it mirrors the unconventional box office trajectory of ‘Warcraft’, a box office path that is now actually becoming more commonplace.
The impressive success of ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’ at China’s box office is currently under scrutiny following claims that Chinese conglomerate the Wanda Group may be fiddling the figures. The allegations surfaced as the film’s worldwide box office total broke the record set by 2010’s 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’, making it the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time. Chinese conglomerate the Wanda Group is the focus of the accusations, which have primarily been made on social media (via China Film Insider).
In a pretty unexpected turn of events, and despite having absolutely lost its shirt at the US box office, it’s surpassed all previous movies based on video game properties. Last week it looked like 'The Angry Birds Movie’ was about to slip into the top slot, beating previous number one 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’. 'Angry Birds’ currently trails behind at $327.7 million (£222 million), but will likely land second place in the coming weeks.
Witness the awkwardness as BBC journalist Adam Rosser decides that the best way to get a good interview is to make sure your subject knows you didn’t like their movie from the very first question. Handling the indelicate questions with an admirable level of class, director Duncan Jones parried Rosser’s abrasive style as he decided to critique his last couple of year’s work to his face.
It looks like Duncan Jones’ ambitious fantasy epic ‘Warcraft’ has been given something of a box office reprieve following its disastrous debut in the US. It’s made a staggering $156 million (£109 million) in just five days, almost its entire production budget, and sailing past previous box office champ, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron’. Guillermo Del Toro’s kaiju vs. robots actioner 'Pacific Rim’ failed to set the world box office alight in 2013.
Jackie Chan is hailing ‘Warcraft’ as a great Chinese success. Appearing at the Shanghai International Film Festival, screen legend Jackie Chan explained why he thinks the success of ‘Warcraft’ in China is scaring the American film industry.
Despite failing to draw big crowds in the west, ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’ seems to have found its audience in China where it’s taken an astonishing $145 million (£100m) in its opening weekend.
Concerns over the box office success of online game adaptation ‘Warcraft’ are beginning to fade, after it earned over $90 million (£62.4 million) after just two days in China. The ambitious movie, which has been a decade in the making, has been robustly panned by critics, however, with a lowly 22% 'fresh’ rating on reviews aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
Legendary and Universal Pictures’ “Warcraft” may bomb this weekend in North America, but it’s doing bang-up business overseas. The video-game movie broke records as it opened Wednesday in China — most notably beating the first-day, non-weekend box office mark held by Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” by nearly $20 million.
Paula Patton says her revealing ‘Warcraft’ costume left her feeling a little embarrassed on the first day of shooting. “I guess you have to get past that first moment of being half-naked in front of everybody,” Paula told Yahoo Movies, adding that she thought Travis Fimmel’s huge suit of armour was actually more uncomfortable to wear than her leather bikini. Toby Kebbell, who plays orc leader Durotan via CGI and performance capture, named Paula’s costume as the most uncomfortable to wear by a clear margin.
Director Duncan Jones has opened up about showing an early cut of his latest and biggest movie to date - video game adaptation ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’ - to his late father David Bowie. Bowie died in January following a battle with cancer, but Jones had the chance to show his father what he’d be working on. The film, itself about fathers and sons, now surely has an added poignancy for Jones - who spent over three years bringing the effects-heavy fantasy epic to life.
‘Warcraft’ star Toby Kebbell has cast doubt on a rumoured sequel to 2015′s ‘Fantastic Four’ saying he has no interest in returning as Doctor Doom. “I have not heard about [a sequel], no” Toby told us, “And I don’t know if there’s any interest in me, which is fair. Earlier this month, Kinberg told Den of Geek he still hoped to reunite the main cast for a lighter sequel.
It’s a great month to be a film fan… especially if you love ‘X-Men’ or ‘Warcraft’.
Latest trailer for fantasy action film "Warcraft", based on the "World of Warcraft" game. Starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Clancy Brown, Dominic Cooper and Robert Kazinsky. Directed by Duncan Jones.
A trailer has yet to be released for ‘La La Land’ but on paper the film sounds like an absolute delight. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone team up for the third time following ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ and ‘Gangster Squad’ to star in a romantic drama that’s also, and this is the crucial bit, a musical.
2016 promises to be another fantastic year for movie lovers of all ages.
Directed by Duncan Jones, ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’ takes us deep into the videogame franchise, with a whole host of nods and winks to gamers. Set in the fantasy world of Azeroth, we find the once-peaceful Humans standing on the brink of war against the Orcs – a race of creatures who have fled their dying world of Draenor. Alongside Travis Fimmel on the Aliance side, we have Ben Foster as Medivh the Mage, Dominic Cooper as King Llane Wrynn, Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar, Ruth Negga as Lady Taria Wrynn, and Dylan Schombing as Prince Varian Wrynn.