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Borderlands Movie in the Works, Should be Hysterical

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Adding to the string of video game movies coming soon, a Borderlands film is currently in development by Lionsgate with the help of producers Avi and Ari Arad.

Developed by Gearbox Software and published by Take-Two Interactive, Borderlands is a successful role-playing, first-person shooter series that has shipped over 26 million copies since launching in 2009. It is set in the sci-fi world of Pandora and features a captivating and oftentimes hysterical storyline that should transition well onto the big screen.

Avi Arad is the founder of Marvel Studios, which he left back in 2006 to form Arad Productions, his very own company. Together with his son, Ari, he has been involved in the creation of such film franchises as Iron Man, Spider Man and The Amazing Spider Man, X-Men, Ghost Rider and Blade.

It’s apparent that his team brings a lot of experience to the table, which bodes well for all their future projects…

In addition to Borderlands, Arad Productions is currently working on movie adaptations of Mass Effect, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted and infamous, some of the most-recognizable videogame franchises of all time.

The fact that video game-based movies have a history of being terrible makes us wonder if a Borderlands movie is a smart move on the part of Lionsgate. Are you worried it will bomb? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned to GameTribute for more video game news and trailers.

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There’s a Portal Movie in Development

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Portal, one of the most-acclaimed video game series of all time, is getting a movie.

After confirming several months back that both a Portal movie and a Half-Life movie were in development, JJ Abrams — best known for directing the new Star Wars and Star Trek movies — has now revealed to IGN that it’s all hands on deck for everyone involved:

“We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we’re very active. I’m hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon.

“We are having some really interesting discussions with writers. Once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things. As someone who loves playing Half Life and Portal … it’s incredible when you talk to someone who just ‘gets’ it, it’s like, oh my god, it’s really the seed for this incredible tree you’re growing.”

Movies based on videos games have traditionally sucked hard, so here’s hoping the Portal movie turns out to be fantastic. It seems everything JJ Abrams touches ends up being at least decent, so there is a good chance it will buck the trend.

How do you envision a Portal movie? Who would you cast?

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First Assassin’s Creed Movie Trailer Makes Us Hopeful

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Let’s face it, video game movie have sucked harder than a good vacuum cleaner, so it’s with trepidation that we await the Assassin’s Creed movie. The film’s first trailer does make us hopeful, however.

After many years of waiting, we finally get a proper look at Hollywood’s interpretation of Ubisoft’s acclaimed action adventure blockbuster franchise. What a mouthful…

Protagonist Callum Lynch (played by Micheal Fassbender), whose adventures in the Animus (a kind of time machine) involve his 15th century Spanish ancestor, is seen pulling off some impressive parkour and combat feats.

From what little we can see, it seems director Justin Kurzel tried very hard to capture the spirit and essence of the Assassin’s Creed franchise and may have succeeded. Watch the trailer and share your impressions in the comments below. Are you excited for the Assassin’s Creed movie?

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Do You Want Another Nintendo Movie?

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Nintendo wants to get back into the movie business and hopes to release a new film within the next three years. Did you ask for this?

In an interview with Japanese news outlet Asahi Shimbun, which was translated by Nintendo Life, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said the company was investigating movie production.

There is no immediate plan for one, but a film is defiantly something Kimishima wants to fast track and hints would be produced in-house. If he gets his way, it could be ready within two to three years.

The Big N has experimented with cinema before with several Pikmin short movies, and it’s not unheard of for video game publishers to attempt the jump from gaming to movies. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, for example, didn’t quite sit well with critics and Ubisoft is praying that its Assassin’s Creed movie doesn’t befall the same fate.

There is even a Mega Man movie on the way…

We can’t talk about Nintendo and movies in without mentioning the infamous Super Mario Bros. movie, which was so bad that it probably scared off others from licensing Mario for decades. Several Nintendo characters did appear in Wreck-It Ralph, which was relatively well-received, but also in Pixels, which wasn’t.

Video games and movies have traditionally gone together like oil and water, so here’s hoping that something bucks he trend very soon.

What franchise do you want Nintendo to base its movie on? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned to GameTribute for more gaming news.

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