Movies and TV shows based on upcoming video games

These games range from the loading screen to the big screen!


Untitled Mario Movie

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Despite a few other attempts at animation in the past, Nintendo announced earlier this year that they would be making an official film adaptation featuring everyone’s favorite plumber: Mario! With Chris Pratt voicing the eponymous role, the cast will also include Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. The as-yet-untitled film is set to release Easter weekend 2023.


The last of us

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The critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic video game is coming to the small screen in 2023 as a 10-episode series. Lead by Chernobylby Craig Mazin and produced by Neil Druckmann, the game director for The last of usthe series would be an adaptation of the first game of The last of us series. With Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie, The last of us will definitely be on most gamers’ watchlists in 2023.


Untitled Knuckles Series

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Fork from hilarious live action sonic the hedgehog movies, the titular rufous echidna should get his own series on Paramount+! Idris Elba will reprise his role in the series, which is set to debut in 2023, kicking off the official Sonic Cinematic Universe (SCU). Sure, it might not be an “official” thing yet, but hey, maybe it should be!


Minecraft: The Movie

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This one is a bit up in the air, but as of April 2022, the popular game Minecraft is still slated to be adapted into a movie potentially starring Jason Momoa. Jared Hess, director of Napoleon Dynamite, is responsible for leading the project. As of now, the movie doesn’t yet have a release date, but that just means there’s still plenty of time to get into Minecraft before the movie comes out!



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In early 2022, news broke that Netflix had decided to save the BioShock property of development hell, heralding an upcoming film adaptation of the franchise. Currently, there are no details regarding casting, writers, or directors, so this one is likely coming further down the pipeline. Nonetheless, it’s going to be amazing to see the retro-futuristic world of BioShock brought to life on the small screen in the near future!


twisted metal

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Peacock recently decided to venture into the video game adaptation space after greenlighting a series order for twisted metal, a half-hour live-action comedy adaptation of the hugely popular video game series. Anthony Mackie will executive produce and star in the project as John Doe, a “smart milkman who talks as fast as he drives.” The series comes to Peacock based on an original take engineered by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (dead Pool and zombieland) and will be written by Cobra Kai writer Michael Jonathan Smith, who will also present the new series.


Assassin’s Creed

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Despite scathing reviews and box office reception, the Assassin’s Creed movie returned in 2016, Ubisoft and Netflix recently teamed up to develop a number of TV shows based on the Assassin’s Creed Games. First, Netflix has planned a live-action series in addition to anime and anime adaptations of the source material. The series will be executive produced by Ubisoft’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik.


resident Evil

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Based on the iconic resident Evil series, this Netflix television series is the second adaptation based on the Capcom franchise. However, this series takes place in its own universe, while relying on resident Evil traditions. The cast of the series includes Lance Reddick, Ella Balinska and Tamara Smart, and premiered on Netflix on July 14!



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Although not yet officially titled, Netflix has announced a live-action TV adaptation of the iconic PlayStation Horizon franchise, which should start filming soon! The sci-fi RPG franchise has long been celebrated for its dynamic world rooted in deep lore and compelling characters, especially its protagonist Aloy, making it the perfect piece of IP to fit into a long-running TV show. !


God of the war

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Based on the critically acclaimed 2018 edition God of the warAmazon and Sony have both confirmed plans to develop a God of the war Television adaptation during a presentation to investors in May. The series is expected to be led by the creators of The extentMark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, as well as Rafe Judkins, the showrunner of The wheel of time. The 2018 God of the war was widely acclaimed for its subtle and intimate story of a father and son’s grief for their wife and mother, respectively. Although no release date or production schedule has been announced, it is likely that the God of the war will be a go-to watch for many gamers and fantasy enthusiasts.



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Similar in tone and style to the film adaptation Detective PikachuVariety announced in 2021 that a Pokemon The live-action series was in early development at Netflix. Although little additional news has come out since then, Variety said that Joe Henderson (Lucifer) was attached to write and executive produce the new series. Currently, no casting or release date information is available for the new series, but this one is sure to be highly anticipated. Personally, I just hope Team Rocket makes an appearance in this one!


Cyberpunk: Edge Runners

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Based on the controversial but popular video game Cyberpunk 2077, Cyberpunk: Edge Runners is an anime television series coming to Netflix in September 2022. The series is set to be a “10-episode standalone anime that follows the story of a street kid trying to survive Night City.” The series will follow this street urchin until he is forced to become an “edgerunner”, a mercenary who must resort to extreme methods to tackle any job.


To fall

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Set in a futuristic alternate reality in which nuclear fallout consumed the United States throughout the year 2077, the To fall The TV series adaptation, which comes from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Kilter Films, will begin production in 2022. Eventually, the series will premiere on Prime Video and will be presented by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) and Graham Wagner (Silicon Valley). I have seen many gamers get completely lost for hours in the To fall series, so hopefully the series will be just as captivating!


Solid metal gear

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Although the film is still supposedly in development, Oscar Isaac is currently attached to play the role of Snake in the film adaptation of Solid metal gear after politely throwing his hat into the ring for the role during an interview for his film Triple Frontier. Solid metal gear follows Snake, an expert infiltrator during an alternate history in which the Cold War progressed well into the 1990s. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of Kong: Skull Island, is currently set to direct the film adaptation. No release date has been announced at this time.


grave robber

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Netflix announced in September last year that Hayley Atwell, who is perhaps best known for portraying Peggy Carter in the MCU, will voice Lara Croft in an upcoming anime television adaptation of the grave robber Games. While Croft and the grave robber the franchise has seen several film adaptations in the past, this will be the game’s first foray into the anime space, and will likely hit the platform in late 2022 or early 2023; however, an exact release date has not been confirmed.


Mass Effect

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Although not officially confirmed, in late 2021 it was reported by multiple outlets, primarily Deadline, that Amazon Studios was close to striking a deal to develop a series adapted from the sci-fi video game franchise. Mass Effect has long been celebrated for its rich lore and gripping storytelling, and it’s clear this would be a huge win for gamers everywhere! Hopefully we will get confirmation on this one as soon as possible.

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John C. Dent