Video games have been an integral part of our lives, providing us with endless hours of entertainment. They are inspiring filmmakers and TV producers to create adaptations of our favorite games. In 2023, we can witness a slew of upcoming video game TV series and movie adaptations due to advancements in technology and the increased popularity of video games.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most anticipated adaptations coming to the big screen.
1. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Dungeons & Dragons is a classic video game that gave birth to the tabletop RPG genre. On 3rd March 2023, we will finally see the first-ever movie adaptation of the game. The movie titled Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves will follow a group of adventurers on a voyage to retrieve a lost relic. It promises to be a humorous and action-packed adventure, and we are eager to see how the fantasy world of D&D will be portrayed on the big screen.
2. The Super Mario Bros. Movie
The Super Mario Bros. video game series has been around for decades, and fans have been waiting patiently for a movie adaptation. The wait finally ends on April 5, 2023 with The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Starring Chris Pratt as the voice of Mario, the movie has an ensemble cast that also features Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, and Seth Rogen. The teasers and trailers for the movie have promised plenty of humor and one-liners, and let’s wait to see how this star-studded cast brings the beloved characters to life.
3. Gran Turismo
If you’re a fan of the Gran Turismo video game series, get ready for a treat. The PlayStation-exclusive car simulation and the racing franchise is getting a brand-new movie in August 2023. A young Gran Turismo player named Jann Mardenborough, who became a professional race driver inspired by Director Neill Blomkamp with his real-life story. We can expect the movie to offer plenty of high-octane racing action and a gripping storyline.
4. Pinball: The Man Who Saved The Game
Pinball: The Man Who Saved The Game is set to release on March 17, 2023. The film is set in the 1970s and revolves around the life of Roger Sharpe, who rose to become a celebrated pinball champion when the game was facing illegality issues in several regions of the United States. The movie is about Roger’s mission to legalize pinball in New York City, and his journey unfolds as he transforms into a passionate advocate for the game. He appears on TV and in the media to extol its virtues and defend it against its naysayers.
Tetris has remained one of the most iconic and enduring games in history. Its upcoming movie adaptation has popular actor Taron Egerton as the main protagonist. The movie is set to release on March 31, 2023. Tetris tells the story of how one of the world’s most popular video games found its way to players around the globe by the efforts made by Businessman Henk Rogers and Tetris inventor Alexey Pajitnov by joining forces in the USSR, risking it all to bring Tetris to the masses.
These upcoming movies based on Tetris and Pinball are sure to be entertaining. They most likely remind viewers of the important role classic games have played in the development of the modern gaming industry.
Fans have been waiting for a movie adaptation of Borderlands since it was announced in 2016. The popular science-fiction shooter-looter game is known for its unique art style, animations, and humorous dialogs. Directed by Eli Roth, the Borderlands movie had a test screening for fans in November 2022. The final release date is not yet available. With an impressive cast and director, we’re excited to see how the movie brings the world of Borderlands to life.
7. Fallout – TV Series
The post-apocalyptic themes and deep and moving storylines have made the Fallout video game series renowned. Amazon Prime Video acquired the live-action rights of the franchise in 2020. The filming has started for the web series with creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, Todd Howard, and James Altman. The cast includes Walter Goggins and Ella Purnell, and the showrunners are Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner. With filming already underway, we can expect a definitive release date soon.
8. God of War – TV Series
Amazon Prime Video is set to release a new series based on God of War. The production of the series which will be produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios in association with PlayStation Productions is more likely to quick start in 2023. Written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, with Rafe Judkins serving as showrunner, the series follows Kratos, the God of War, as he embarks on a journey with his son to spread his wife’s ashes. The journey turns out to be an epic quest, testing their bond and forcing Kratos to battle new Gods and monsters. The show will premiere on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories worldwide.
It is indeed a great news to PlayStation gamers that after the highly successful live-action adaptations of The Last of Us and Uncharted, came this announcement that God of War will be the next PlayStation game to receive the same treatment. Fans of the game franchise can look forward to seeing their favorite characters and epic battles brought to life on the big screen.
9. Tomb Raider – TV Series
Amazon Prime Video has also announced in 2023 that, they are also developing a TV series and movie based on the Tomb Raider franchise. Regarding the crew behind the series, the news out there is that, the script for the series will be written by Emmy Award Winning ‘Fleabag’ actress and producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who will also serve as executive producer for the series. But confirmed that she will not be starring. The project is still in the development stages.
Amazon‘s investment in video game adaptations doesn’t end there. The company has also announced its plans to publish the next Tomb Raider game from Crystal Dynamics, adding to its already impressive lineup of video game franchise adaptations.
With so many upcoming video game adaptations set to release in 2023, it’s a thrilling time for gamers and movie lovers alike.