Video games take the big screen

Kathleen Ellison
Online Editor


Ever wanted to see Pac-Man eat San Francisco? Well due to some misunderstanding over some old arcade games aliens attack earth in the form of classic pixelated characters in the upcoming movie “Pixels”.

“Pixels” is not the first movie based on video games, with movies like “Wreck-It Ralph”, “Resident Evil”, “Hitman” and it certainly isn’t the last. Here are five video game movies in production to keep your eye on.

“Angry Birds”

I just know this movie is going to be amazing and funny after seeing incredibly star-studded the cast list. The movie stars Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Jason Sudeikis (“Horrible Bosses”, “We’re the Millers”), Josh Gad (“Frozen”, “21”), Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids”), Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live) and Danny McBride (“Your Highness”). Expect this movie to be out May 2016.

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So far the word on the storyline is that a person is sent to the middle of nowhere must survive monsters and the night while building his own world, but in all honesty the jury is still out on the plot. A Goonies-style story was pitched but shot down, and no one’s really sure how they’re going to make a live-action movie out of a non-narrative game, but many are curious to see what will happen.

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“Sly Cooper”

This movie is specifically based on “Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus” and is being directed by Kevin Munroe (“TMNT”, 2007). The movie is being animated by Rainmaker which also animated “Escape from Planet Earth”. The trailer looks amazing, although the design of the characters varies somewhat from the original source. Sly will be breaking into theaters in 2016.

“Assassin’s Creed”

The Ubisoft game company has had a lot of creative say in this movie which has been quickly gathering speed in production. Despite the director’s (Justin Kurzel) little film credit, the movie has a lot of promise with big name stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the cast. This movie will be in theaters hopefully by December 2016.

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