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?
See Who Plays Who In Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Series
The new series will be stacked with some big and not-so big name actors, least of which is the Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill.
Cavill plays the White Wolf himself, Geralt of Rivia, in Netflix’s new The Witcher series, starring alongside Freya Allan (Into the Badlands) as Ciri, the Princess of Cintra and Geralt’s adoptive daughter.
Yennefer, the badass sorceress and Geralt’s true love, is helmed by Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders), while sorcerers in training Fringilla and Sabrina are played by Mimi Ndiweni (Black Earth Rising) and Therica Wilson-Read (Profile), respectively. Tissaia, who leads the magical academy at Aretuza, is MyAnna Buring’s (Ripper Street, Kill List) character.
Other characters from the court at Cintra include Queen Calanthe (Jodhi May, Game of Thrones, Genius); her husband, the knight Eist (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Fortitude); and Mousesack the druid (Adam Levy, Knightfall, Snatch).
Millie Brady (The Last Kingdom, Teen Spirit) also joins the cast as the outcast Princess Renfri.
As picked up by MovieTribute, showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich revealed to Hollywood Reporter that the cast is currently up to 50 actors, and over 200 people auditioned for the Ciri role alone.
Are you happy with the casting for Netflix’s The Witcher series? If not, what changes would you make?
I for one can’t wait to see how things shapes up.
Are You Ready For A Netflix Diablo Animated Series?
The action role-playing hack and slash dungeon crawler is getting turned into an animated series.
As reported by sister site MovieTribute, Netflix is is making a TV series based on yet another video game franchise after the success of its Castlevania series, and it’s Diablo.
The Diablo franchise was created by Blizzard in 1996 and takes place in the Kingdom of Khanduras, where a lone hero fights to rid the world of the Lord of Terror,
Diablo. It was followed by Diablo II in 2000 and Diablo III in 2012, both of which were well received by players and critics alike.
Boom! Studios founder Andrew Cosby, who co-wrote the Hellboy film reboot and founder, will write and show-run the series. He is also credited for created the TV series Eureka, which ran for five seasons between 2006 and 2012.
How do you envision Netflix’s Diablo animated series? Share your wishes in the comments below.
First Assassin’s Creed Movie Trailer Makes Us Hopeful
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?
Do You Want Another Nintendo Movie?
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.
Watch Warcraft Movie, Get World of Warcraft for Free?
Blizzard might give out a free copy of World of Warcraft to anyone who watches the Warcraft movie.
Reportedly called the “Ultimate Movie Edition,” the deal grants anyone who buys a ticket to see the film the latest version of World of Warcraft, including all the expansions released to date, a unique in-game item, and a one-month free subscription.
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Blizzard is still looking for player opinions on what they should do. If you’re interested in participating, just head over here.
Warcraft hits theaters on June 10, 2016. Will you watch it, if not for the actual movie, then for the free copy of World of Warcraft? Let us know in the comments below.
Assassin’s Creed Movie is Like Batman Begins?
More details about the Assassin’s Creed movie have surfaced. Apparently, the videogame-based film be like Batman Begins and Blade Runner in overall tone.
In an interview with French film magazine Premiere, Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean Julien Baronnet acknowledged what everyone already knows — video game movies downright suck! — and expressed a strong desire to buck the trend with Assassin’s Creed. He’s a man on a mission…
Assassin’s Creed will be different in a number of ways from every other game-based movie. Firstly, it will be produced autonomously and not by a big-name, penny-pinching Hollywood studio; secondly, it benefits from the right talent, such as Michael Fassbender as lead actor and Macbeth’s Justin Kurzel as director; and finally, its story and scripting process involved all the major actors.
Barronet specifically stated:
“We told [Fassbender] that we were going to build the project together. That we have an enormous brand and we want to make a film modeled on features like Batman Begins or Blade Runner. That’s what we’re aiming for. We promised him that he could work with the scriptwriters, that we were going to bring him into all the key creative choices.”
While it’s production company New Regency that’s making the movie, Assassin’s Creed series creator Ubisoft will retain control of “key elements” of the film’s creative direction, and the fact that its being compared to Batman Begins and Blade Runner, both of which have been well-received by critics, has us very intrigued. What about you?
The Assassin’s Creed movie is expected to hit theatres on December 21, 2016, just in time for the holidays.