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    Upcoming Video Games Turned Movies & TV Shows We’re Excited For

    Video games have been a source of inspiration for TV shows and movies for a surprisingly long time now. During the arcade craze of the ’80s, for example, Pac-Man was transformed into a Saturday morning cartoon series. In the ’90s, there was the “Super Mario Bros.” movie and an animated musical version of Donkey Kong (yes, really).

    More recently, Sonic the Hedgehog was brought to life, so to speak, in the 2020 film of the same name – with much better results thanks to advances in CGI technology. Even “Ready Player One” delved into the virtual reality world that’s becoming an increasingly common part of the gaming experience. All this brings us to the topic of upcoming video games turned into movies and TV shows. Read on for our list of the ones we’re really excited to check out.

    ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’

    As we briefly mentioned above, the fist “Sonic” movie looked good and was a lot of fun to watch. Based on the popular series of games by Sega, this sequel includes new challenges for Sonic from Doctor Eggman, who’s back from the mushroom planet.

    When: April 8th, 2022

    ‘Minecraft: The Movie’

    Based on the popular game by Mojang Studios, “Minecraft: The Movie” was originally slated for a March 2022 debut, but the release date has been pushed back. The plot focuses on a teenage girl and her friends and their collective efforts to save their world from Ender Dragon.

    When: TBA

    ‘Tomb Raider’ (Anime Series)

    Tomb Raider, the game, debuted in 1996, which is practically a lifetime or so ago in today’s world. It’s already been a successful film series once (with Angelina Jolie), and it was rebooted in 2018. Netflix is working on an independent “Tomb Raider” reboot of its own. Based on the events following 2018’s “Shadow of the Tomb Raider,” the new anime series will feature Hayley Atwell – best known to Marvel fans for role as Agent Peggy Carter – as the voice of Lara.

    When: TBA

    Mario Movie (Untitled So Far)

    Nintendo’s Mario video game series has entertained several generations of gamers. The latest movie to be based on the iconic characters features several well-known voice actors, including Chris Pratt, Seth Rogan, and Kevin Michael Richardson. This computer-animated adaptation should definitely be a major step up from the 1993 film version; so, yeah, we can all breathe a sigh of relief and eagerly await the return of Mario and company.

    When: December, 2022

    ‘Cyberpunk: Edgerunners’

    This upcoming Netflix Original anime series is based on the Studio Trigger game Cyberpunk 2077. It’s about a street kid who’s trying to survive in a high-tech city of the future. His solution? To adopt the alter-ego Cyberpunk.

    When: Sometime in 2022

    ‘The Last of Us’

    A TV series based on the 2013 survival/action video game from Naughty Dog has been in the development process since 2020. It’s still set to debut on HBO, which requested that the series focus more on “character drama.” Reportedly, the scripts for the series will borrow dialogue directly from the game. Stars include Bella Ramsey, best known for her role in “Game of Thrones.”

    When: 2023

    Untitled Knuckles Series

    Knuckles the Echidna, you know the one with the long red hair from the Sonic series, is getting his own series. Paramount+ is preparing a live-action series revolving around Sonic’s recurring ally – who wasn’t always so fond of the franchise’s main hedgehog.

    When: 2023

    ‘Borderlands: The Movie’

    Developed by Gearbox Software, the Borderlands game debuted in 2009 and quickly caught on because of the captivating plot and engaging elements. So, it’s no surprised a feature film would be a natural progression. “Borderlands: The Movie” was first announced in 2016. In 2020, Lionsgate, the studio behind the film, announced plans to have Craig Mazin – known for the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” – direct. Confirmed stars include Cate Blanchett as Lilith and Kevin Hart as Roland.

    When: 2022 (according to IMBD)

    ‘The Witcher: Season 3’

    The Witcher series of games is based on a book series by Andrzej Sapkowsk, but it still technically counts as a video game that’s now available as an actuals series. This one has already had two seasons on Netflix, and in 2021, the series was officially renewed for a third season. Netflix also has plans for a prequel miniseries, “The Witcher: Blood Origin,” set to debut in 2022.

    When: TBA (for the third season of the series)


    ‘Halo’

    Published by Xbox Game Studios, the Halo franchise has remained one of the most popular video game series since its debut in 2001. You can currently watch “Halo” the series on Paramount+, where it officially debuted on March 24th. Most of the main characters from the game are featured.

    ‘Uncharted’

    Sony’s Uncharted franchise debuted in 2007 with Drake’s Fortune. It was quickly followed by several other titles that captivated gamers worldwide. Featuring Mark Wahlberg as Victor “Sully” Sullivan and Antonio Banderas as Santiago Moncada, the film version officially debuted in February, 2022.

    In the Works

    Reportedly titled “Tomb Raider: Obsidian,” the “Tomb Raider” sequel is one of the biggest “in the works” projects since it was been rumored to be coming for a few years now. For the planned follow-up to the 2018 reboot film, Alicia Vikander is set to return as Lara Croft and Kristin Scott Thomas will star as Ana Miller. Due in part to the lackluster box office performance of the 2018 reboot, this film has gone through some production hassles, but there’s word the project is still in the works.

    Nintendo Switch is still working on the sequel to 2019’s “Detective Pikachu,” based on the hugely popular Pokémon franchise. Two teaser trailers are already available online, so it looks like things are still rolling as far as plans go for the sequel. This was confirmed in February, 2022 on nintendolife.com, so fingers crossed! Netflix is reportedly working on a live-action Pokémon series as well. However, there are no other details available right now.

    Speaking of Netflix, the streaming service is reportedly working on a film based on the first-person shooter BioShock game. Other movies and TV shows based on video games said to be in the works include:

    “Assassin’s Creed”: This live-action series based on the popular video game series is reportedly in the works by the folks at Netflix.

    “Resident Evil”: Netflix is also planning a live-action version based on the video game series created in the ’90s and transformed into a series of films that came out from 2002 through 2016.

    Rumored video games that could end up as TV shows or movies sometime in the future include:

    • Brothers in Arms
    • Dragon’s Lair
    • Fallout
    • Gears of War
    • Half-Life 

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