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Game films are de rigeur, or not

Game films are de rigeur, or not

Keep waiting for the big-screen Master Chief.

The world of films based on video games is in something of a upside down state at the moment, as one project is severely set back and another gets green lighted.

We've all been looking forward to the film version of the epic Halo, which is being Executive Produced by Peter Jackson, he of Lord of the Rings fame. Last we heard of it, it was being financed by Fox and Universal, based on an Alex Garland (The Beach) screenplay and was in pre-production.

Fox and Universal pulled out of the deal a couple of weeks ago, leaving Microsoft and its partners to find another financial partner. Well, they haven't done so so far, and the film has officially been delayed.

Wingnut Films, the production company putting the film together, said that "While it will undoubtedly take a little longer for Halo to reach the big screen, we are confident that the final feature film will be well worth the wait."

On the flipside, Capcom has given the go-ahead to a new film based on Street Fighter. To those who remember the stunningly awful original, starring Jean Claude Van Damme and Kylie Minogue, this will not be great news. However, the new film will be based around the story of Chun-Li, so should at least have a good opportunity for a gorgeous female lead in the vein of Dead or Alive.

The film will hit in 2008, to mark the franchise's 20th anniversary. Can anyone remember the original Street Fighter?

Sad for the Halo film or delighted about Chun Li? Or both? Give us your take on videogame movies over in the News Discussion forum. We're waiting.

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DougEdey 31st October 2006, 11:42 Quote
No no no no no, all Street fighter movies should be banned outright, it hurts too much.
Veles 31st October 2006, 11:56 Quote
But Mortal Kombat, now they more movies that were bad, but so bad they were good.

Flawless Victory!
Phil Rhodes 31st October 2006, 12:43 Quote
> We've all been looking forward to the film version of the epic Halo

You presume too much, sir.

-P
h00x 31st October 2006, 13:29 Quote
I think I'am the only person in the world who liked the street fighter / mortal kombat films ( I mean I'll admit there a bit corny but I love them :D )
mmorgue 31st October 2006, 14:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by h00x
I think I'am the only person in the world who liked the street fighter / mortal kombat films ( I mean I'll admit there a bit corny but I love them :D )

^^^ you are for the SF film! :D

I'm sorry but that was beyond awful.. and not so cliched awful that it became "good". It was awful in all ways possible. :(

The only sort of SF "movies" should be anime/manga which has been, and are almost always excellent to watch. SF should never have been live-action -- it will never ever work.

the MK movies, while bad, we're still watchable, although Chris Lambert made Raiden sound like a complete pansy. They should have had elements of John Carpenter's "Big Trouble in Little China" in there, i.e., the Storm Brothers. Now *there* was a perfect Raiden... :)
Skill3d 31st October 2006, 14:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by h00x
I think I'am the only person in the world who liked the street fighter / mortal kombat films ( I mean I'll admit there a bit corny but I love them :D )


well that makes two of us then :D
M4RTIN 31st October 2006, 14:52 Quote
i cant think of many films of games that were brilliant, i think resident eveil is alright. and final fantasy the spirits within, but that one is more because of the cgi than the story.

in fact on another note, not a huge amount of games about films are stunning either. maybe the 2 should stay apart
Evildead666 31st October 2006, 18:01 Quote
Yes, Street Fighter is one of the worst films of all time.
To make another one is just (there are no words to describe).

Its just unbelievably bad. Soo soo sad that it was Raul Julia's last film...

Jez
g3n3tiX 31st October 2006, 19:58 Quote
and Doom... and Mario... Anyone remembers it ?
Cabe 31st October 2006, 20:06 Quote
The problem comes from the adaption of the artform, movies are passive, games are interactive, it's that simple.
Vergil_117 31st October 2006, 20:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by DougEdey
No no no no no, all Street fighter movies should be banned outright, it hurts too much.


I think he means Uwe Boll movies.
Tyinsar 31st October 2006, 22:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
On the flipside, Capcom has given the go-ahead to a new film based on Street Fighter.
Shouldn't that read: On the flopside... :D

Frankly I had no hopes for the Halo movie either.

It seems to me that the better the game the worse the movie (anyone remember Wing Commander?)
speedfreek 31st October 2006, 23:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tyinsar
It seems to me that the better the game the worse the movie (anyone remember Wing Commander?)
But by that logic then the halo movie wont suck.
SyxPak 1st November 2006, 00:37 Quote
pnwd :)
Nezuji 2nd November 2006, 06:03 Quote
The old Street Fighter movie was awful, but it did have Ming Na Wen looking very yummy as Chun Li, so it kind of evened out for me :b

Nezuji :)
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