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Monday, April 23, 2012

849 - Need For Speed Gets A Movie... And Nobody Cared.

Before we get into it, here's the source article of the news... and the Moviebob blog post in question.

So, according to Moviebob, there's going to be a Need For Speed movie under development and Bob is apparently pissed that it's not a "classic" video game franchise getting the movie treatment. Because, you know, the world is clamoring for a poorly made Metroid movie or something. Then again, I don't think anyone was clamoring for another car movie to be made. What does Need For Speed have exactly that you can't already find in other films such as, say, The Fast And The Furious?

Considering the movie industry's track record in converting a largely interactive medium into feature films, I like to think that a lot of these franchises that are far more "worthy" of being adapted are fortunate not to suffer such a misstep. Aside from that, some franchises simply wouldn't work as high-budgeted Hollywood productions considering their fantastical nature and the limited scope and vision of some of these producers. Ask yourself this; is it really worth turning Zelda into a Lord Of The Rings knockoff just so we can get a movie based on it? Is it really worth watching a Castlevania film degrade into depths that isn't worth exploring?

Comic book movies are sort of reaching that level of respect to the source material that they're true to the spirit of the original comics - the recent string of Marvel movies are good examples. Video game movies still have a long way to go if they're going to get that same respect, especially if duds like DOA: Dead Or Alive, Legend Of Chun-Li, and the endless stack of Uwe Boll travesties are anything to go by.

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