The concept of spinning video games into Hollywood movies is jumping up a notch this summer. Later this month, “The Angry Birds Movie” will debut while early June brings the release of “Warcraft.” There’s little doubt both films will be pretty popular with existing fans, but wow, do they seem like strange releases. These aren’t big action games like Hitman or Assassin’s Creed, whose adaptations are more natural. These are, effectively, playable cartoons.
Well, welcome to Hollywood in 2016! Anything that’s popular can be turned into a movie and will likely make hundreds of millions of dollars. In the near future we might see something like “Snapchat: The Movie” or “Kale: A Food Truck Story.” Anything popular seems to work.
But in the hopes we don’t soon have to watch movies about sexting apps or trendy vegetables, I decided to stick with cartoonish games and suggest three more silly video games that (gulp) might actually make for fun movies.
Clash Of Clans
Sticking with mobile apps, like Angry Birds, I have to admit Clash Of Clans could make a pretty amusing film. Developed by Supercell, this wildly popular strategy game is actually almost a combination of Angry Birds and World Of Warcraft, in a way. The MMO-ish gameplay is vaguely similar to Warcraft’s just in that it appeals to players who like to interact with huge communities of competitors. But the Viking-style clan characters have a similar cartoonish appeal to the characters in Angry Birds. So if those two films do okay, this is kind of a no-brainer. It could basically be a war epic (think “Braveheart”) spun into an all-ages animated comedy. Or something.
This game isn’t as widely known as Clash Of Clans, but it’s certainly popular in some circles. Featured as one of the top games at Gala Bingo, a real-time bingo platform, it’s built on the idea of a Spanish explorer in search of the El Dorado. Actually, Gonzo is specifically meant to be Gonzalo Pizarro, younger brother of the famous conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Despite its situation on a bingo site, the game has a nicely animated intro about Gonzo venturing into parts unknown. In fact, the whole thing almost looks like a preview for an animated movie, so why not? Audiences would love a comical little figure with an amusing name searching for treasure in an animated New World.
This one has kind of been all over the place and has gained popularity along the way. Originally a browser game from Ninja Kiwi, it inevitably became an app and has even become a download option for consoles. Basically, it’s about a bunch of cartoon monkeys with various ninja capabilities stopping an onslaught of balloons (or, adorably, “bloons”) from reaching the end of a track. It’s a classic tower-defense game enhanced greatly by the amusing monkeys. So why not have a movie about a bunch of lovable ninja monkeys defending a kingdom from bad guys hurling destructive bloons… or bad guys activating armies of robot bloons… or bad guys who just are bloons? Seriously, why not?
These may seem like random suggestions now, but don’t be surprised if one or two of these movies actually happen in the coming years.