The Assassin’s Creed movie has now turned a healthy profit and the ‘final’ Resident Evil movie is also proving to be a money making machine turning over $140 million, so we can expect many more movies-of-games to come.
Take-Two are late to party but they have announced that they too are licensing “a couple” of their games to Hollywood. They won’t be following Ubisoft and setting up their own studio but will be retaining some creative control when they farm out their games.
“We are open-minded,” said CEO Strauss Zelnick. “We are certainly not going to use our own balance sheet to invest in motion pictures and TV. If other people want to license them and we can retain creative control, we are open-minded. The track record of the conversion of video game IP to motion pictures is spotty at best.”
We already know a Borderlands movie is in the works but Take-Two have not revealed any of the other games to be filmed. It’s highly unlikely there would be a Grand Theft Auto movie, but perhaps an XCOM movie could work. Hollywood tried and failed to make a Bioshock movie, so that’s probably off the cards as well but who knows, maybe a Red Dead film or Mafia game could be in the works.