TV and video game movie adaptations are becoming much more frequent, so we’ve put together a handy home for all the latest info on the hottest upcoming video game movies and TV shows in 2022 and later.
There was a time when video games being made into films were generally looked down upon by gamers, with many releases missing the charm of what ultimately made these games so popular in the first place.
Fast forward to today, with shows like The Witcher doing well on Netflix and Sonic making a classic mascot look great, there are plenty of fantastic stories that gamers can look forward to watching at home and in the movie theater.
As a result, studios like Netflix, Amazon, Paramount, and famous studios have started to make more video game movies. Here’s everything we know about these upcoming films and shows so far.
Mario – December 2023
This is Miyamoto. After consulting with Chris-san, my partner at Illumination on the Super Mario Bros. film, we decided to move the global release to Spring 2023–April 28 in Japan and April 7 in North America. My deepest apologies but I promise it will be well worth the wait.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 26, 2022
The film that single-handedly started that Chris Pratt meme. The Hollywood actor will voice the titular character alongside Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach. Despite the never-ending success of the Mario franchise, this is only the third-ever Mario film to be made and the first since 1993.
Not too much is known about it outside of its cast, but anticipation is undoubtedly sky-high, especially with animation geniuses Illumination Entertainment onboard. The film’s original 2022 release date has been rescheduled though and Spring 2023 is the new window.
Interestingly, Chris Pratt has drummed up speculation by expressing that his portrayal of Mario won’t be “what fans expect,” which has both excited and confused Mario loyalists.
Minecraft – TBA
Minecraft is Mojang’s landmark franchise, so where’s the film? Originally penciled in for a 2022 release date, development was rumored to have stopped altogether, with Warner Bros. casting the film to one side.
But suddenly, it appears as if Jason Mamoa is creeping his way to a shocking lead role in a potential Minecraft movie. This would catapult the potential film back into the limelight and maybe be given the green light too.
Elden Ring – TBA
One of the biggest games of 2022, FromSoftware’s Elden Ring has been an unbelievable success both commercially and critically. The game hadn’t been out all that long before talk of extended media options for Elden Ring were discussed.
In a press release from the company, they said: “Much effort was placed into creating Elden Ring so that we could exceed the expectations of our fans worldwide. We will continue our efforts in expanding the brand beyond the game itself, and into everyone’s daily life.” This has already generated discussion that Elden Ring may come to the big screen at some point.
The game’s incredibly detailed world would easily make a terrific story and the deep combat could potentially translate to some intense fight scenes.
Tomb Raider 2 – TBA
However, the effects of the pandemic hit the film’s development and production hard, leaving this video game movie still squarely on the table for now, and we haven’t heard from it much since.
Borderlands – 2022
Setting a film in the Borderlands universe makes a lot of sense, as the likes of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands and Tales From the Borderlands are chock full of characters and personalities that would make for a captivating watch. As such, it wasn’t a surprise to see an announcement from Lionsgate in 2015 that they were developing an adaptation of it.
With a star-studded cast including Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Jamie Lee Curtis, snippets of the film were finally, but privately, shown at CinemaCon 2022.
You’d have to say that even though they are silhouettes, the costumes do seem rather on point.
Bioshock – TBA
One of the newer announcements on our list, the combined tales of Bioshock’s Rapture, Columbia, and the upcoming fourth game, are near endless. After a five-year struggle to get the film made was effectively canceled in 2013, Netflix shocked gamers with the news that a full film was coming to Netflix.
We’ll have to wait and see whether we’ll be off to Rapture or Columbia, but the initial tweet suggests it’s the former.
Metal Gear Solid – TBA
Series creator Hideo Kojima first announced a video game movie version of Metal Gear Solid back at E3 2006, but it was stuck in development hell for a long time. The biggest sign of progress was on December 4th, 2020, when we learned that beloved Hollywood actor Oscar Isaac had signed on to play the role of Solid Snake.
In an interview with GamesRadar, he told them that he took the role because of a love of the games. The franchise is known for its outlandish narratives, so it’ll be interesting to see how these translate to a movie.
In March of 2022, Isaac was questioned about the MGS movie at a Moon Knight premiere and his answer suggested that it was still a long way off yet.
Gears of War – TBA
Gears fans will be pleased to know the upcoming video game movie project is currently in development, but it’s widely reported that the game will follow a separate timeline and will essentially be a new story.
That means we may not see Marcus Fenix and co. at all, but we’ll keep everything crossed for at least some kind of cameo.
We did get some kind of update in March 2022 from one of the movie’s producers who said: “It’s something it’s been a passion of mine for a very long time. I think very soon there will be an announcement.”
Five Night’s at Freddy’s – TBA
It really is still coming. I promise, guys.
— Jason Blum (@jason_blum) January 15, 2022
Another video game movie project trapped in limbo, Five Nights at Freddy’s is a horror indie sensation about animatronics that hit unbelievable levels of popularity, leading to the license being picked up for a film.
As with many game adaptations, the companies and staff involved have chopped and changed, but current distributor Bloomfield’s CEO has confirmed that it’s still in the pipeline. A few months after addressing the staus of the film, Blum had to once again shut down doubters of the film.
Listen here, all you FNAF fanatics. Well, specifically the doubters. STOP DOUBTING
— Jason Blum (@jason_blum) May 20, 2022
Call of Duty – TBA
The biggest and most successful FPS franchise of all time is Call of Duty and it makes sense that it’s in the running for a movie adaptation. It’s remarkable that we haven’t seen a movie already, but if rumors and reports are to be believed, then it could be on the horizon.
Not only that, but none other than Hollywood’s leading Action Hero – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson ‘ is being linked to the film too, either in a starring or joint producing role.
The Division – TBA
On the other hand, The Division is not one that strikes as needing a film, especially with other bigger Tom Clancy names out there. Yet, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are in leading roles, and filming is now expected to commence this year.
Jak and Daxter – TBA
Similar to Bioshock, the revelation that Jak and Daxter will be washing their tuxedos for an inevitable premiere is new information for 2022. Following the release of the long-awaited Uncharted movie, its director, Ruben Fleischer, has confirmed that his next film will be focused on the iconic duo.
Uncharted movie director Ruben Fleischer is apparently in talks with PlayStation to adapt Jak and Daxter for either TV/film
— Nibel (@Nibellion) February 9, 2022
The Last of Us – 2023
The harrowing tales of The Last of Us Part I and Part II, and maybe in the future Part III, are custom-fit for TV. In an age of dark, violent shows with no boundaries, the story of Naughty Dog’s Joel and Ellie is ready for a wider audience. The critically acclaimed games are being brought to life on HBO, with Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey occupying the main roles.
Its release has suffered a setback, and now won’t be gracing our screens until 2023 at the earliest.
The Witcher: Season 3 – TBA
The Witcher’s Netflix debut was red hot, with millions having tuned into both seasons. It’s no surprise, then, that The Witcher Season 3 will continue Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Geralt of Rivia. There is so much of the franchise’s lore and stories to tell that have gone unexplored, that The Witcher could be around for a few more seasons yet.
Filing is already underway for the new season and even though it’s still unconfirmed at this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if Netflix were able to get The Witcher Season 3 on our screens before the end of 2023.
Assassin’s Creed – TBA
Whilst a video game movie for the iconic stealth-based franchise already released in 2016, starring Michael Fassbender, Netflix is bringing the Assassin’s Creed franchise to the comfort of our homes. Details are slim, but it’ll be interesting to see who ends up on the top billing for this upcoming Assassin’s Creed TV show.
Resident Evil – July 14, 2022
It seems that Netflix cannot get enough of Resident Evil, as they’re clearly not content with just Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, they’re also releasing a live-action Resident Evil series in 2022 to really delve into what makes the characters and locations so special.
Previous Resident Evil video game movies haven’t had enough time to really get into the nooks and crannies of major characters, whereas an episodic show will likely be the perfect chance for newcomers to jump into the series’ deep lore.
A trailer for the series was released getting fans amped up for the show!
Splinter Cell – TBA
Who would have thought that we could get a Splinter Cell video game TV series before a sequel to 2013’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist? That’s where it appears we’re headed.
Netflix have brought in Derek Kolstad as its showrunner and writer-creator of John Wick – so we expect flashy, stylish sequences to adequately capture the essence of Sam Fisher’s badassery.
The Splinter Cell TV show will explore new sides of Sam Fisher, says the managing director of Ubisoft Film & TV.
"Our creative license is not about reinventing what’s already been told. It rather lies in looking at those worlds through a different lens"
— Screen Rant (@screenrant) June 23, 2021
Arcane: Season 2 – 2022
Arcane, the spin-off from the League of Legends universe, currently sits at a dazzling score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Every aspect of the series was praised upon release, and fans deemed the long wait for the show to be more than worth it.
Season 2 is currently in development, so let’s hope that it will see the light of day before the end of 2023.
Knuckles – 2023
The Sonic The Hedgehog 2 movie isn’t even out yet and a third film is already confirmed, along with a Knuckles TV show spin-off on Paramount+. Whether it’s the allure of Idris Elba or not, there’s clearly some love being shown for Knuckles.
Mass Effect – TBA
Amazon are now squarely in the video game market, creating their own games like New World, but are now are set to expand that into TV shows for gaming fans, too.
Rumors continue to rage on that the company is gearing up to create a Mass Effect TV series with three fan-favorite games (and Andromeda) to select material from. But just who will play Commander Shepherd?
Fallout – 2022
Another Amazon venture from the gaming space is the beloved AAA franchise known around the world — Fallout. Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic property will have the aid of Todd Howard, Director, and Executive Producer at Bethesda. While other details are scarce, we do know that production begins in 2022.
Pokemon – TBA
It’s 99% official at this point, but it seems as if Netflix is doing their own version of live-action Pokemon. Detective Pikachu was an interesting take on the usually animated representation of Pokemon, but it worked. As more details are revealed, we’ll share everything we know with you right here.
God of War – TBA
Sony Interactive Entertainment President Jim Ryan recently hosted a Q&A and announced that they had multiple Sony video game series in the works, one of those being a God of War TV adaptation. The only thing we know about Kratos’ first transition to the medium is that there will be copious amounts of god-slaying on Amazon Prime Video.
Horizon Zero Dawn – TBA
Next up from Sony’s movie project plans is Horizon, specifically, Horizon Zero Dawn. The game was aptly the dawning of a new franchise and pioneered by Guerilla Games, also known for the Killzone franchise.
Aloy has become one of gaming’s most recognizable protagonists and the Horizon franchise is already well-established. It’ll be interesting to see how the world and robots of Horizon can be brought to life convincingly.
Gran Turismo 7 – TBA
The most surprising of Sony’s video game adaptations surely has to be Gran Turismo. Polyphony Digital’s franchise is up there as one of the best and most successful racing game video games series in history, maybe the biggest in both regards, but does it work as a TV show?
Now, it could very well be a car show similar to Top Gear, so we’ll have to wait and see what they have planned.
So, there you have it – that’s everything you need to know about all the upcoming video game movies and TV shows. Make sure to check back often for all of the latest news.
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