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VG Movies: Resident Evil, MechWarrior, and More

Movies, movies, movies!

Unbelievably, next week marks the final episode in the first regular season of This Ain't No Game. Having nearly completed my self-flagellating quest to watch every video-game movie ever made, I'm left looking to the future for more fetishistic cinematic abuse. Luckily (?) for me, the bad-decision factory called Hollywood is wasting no time cranking out more game-to-film adaptations. Here's the video-game movie news that's popped up this week alone!
 
-Rumors have been shambling around for a few months now, and earlier this week ShockTillYouDrop.com finally got official confirmation that a fourth Resident Evil movie, titled Resident Evil: Afterlife, is in the works. Production is already underway in Toronto, with a projected release of fall 2010. Paul W.S. Anderson, who has seen repeated success with bringing video games to the silver screen, will return to the franchise as both writer and director. Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter will reprise their roles of Alice and Claire Redfield, respectively. Additionally, actor Wentworth Miller, best known by me as the guy from the Prison Break DVD box, will take on the role of Claire's brother, Chris Redfield, while Shawn Roberts will assume the role of Wesker. The biggest "well of course it is" part of the announcement is that Resident Evil: Afterlife is being shot in 3D. Because, well, of course it is. The fourth film in a franchise is rarely the point at which things start getting really good, but I actually liked the setup left by the end of Resident Evil: Extinction. So long as they don't bitch out on the promise of hundreds of Alice clones tearing up Umbrella, Afterlife could be good fun.

-Former Disney exec Michael Eisner also might be getting in on the video-game-movie action. Joystiq, going from a "trusted source," is reporting that Eisner's The Tornante Company is currently developing a Mechwarrior movie. Dean Devlin, whose production credits includes Stargate, Independence Day, and Godzilla, is said to be producing, while Michael Gordon, whose writing credits include 300 and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, is said to be writing. Not the worst idea for a video-game movie, and the team being assembled should be capable of conjuring up some decent giant-robot popcorn action. Still, I don't know how they plan on topping this.  

 
-Ray Park, AKA Darth Maul, is playing the villainous Rugal Bernstein in the upcoming King of Fighters movie, which I still kind of can't believe is an actual thing. A new video of Park surfaced on YouTube this week, and it basically consists of 30 breathtaking seconds of horribly out-of-context ADR work followed by two minutes of insight-free interview action. Enjoy!
 
 
-Lastly, in a fittingly dark turn, writer-slash-director Roger Avary was sentenced to a year in prison for gross vehicular manslaughter this week, according to Reuters. Avary, in addition to being Quentin Tarantino's writing partner on Pulp Fiction, wrote the first Silent Hill movie, and had signed on to pen its sequel.
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Posted by Ryan

Unbelievably, next week marks the final episode in the first regular season of This Ain't No Game. Having nearly completed my self-flagellating quest to watch every video-game movie ever made, I'm left looking to the future for more fetishistic cinematic abuse. Luckily (?) for me, the bad-decision factory called Hollywood is wasting no time cranking out more game-to-film adaptations. Here's the video-game movie news that's popped up this week alone!
 
-Rumors have been shambling around for a few months now, and earlier this week ShockTillYouDrop.com finally got official confirmation that a fourth Resident Evil movie, titled Resident Evil: Afterlife, is in the works. Production is already underway in Toronto, with a projected release of fall 2010. Paul W.S. Anderson, who has seen repeated success with bringing video games to the silver screen, will return to the franchise as both writer and director. Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter will reprise their roles of Alice and Claire Redfield, respectively. Additionally, actor Wentworth Miller, best known by me as the guy from the Prison Break DVD box, will take on the role of Claire's brother, Chris Redfield, while Shawn Roberts will assume the role of Wesker. The biggest "well of course it is" part of the announcement is that Resident Evil: Afterlife is being shot in 3D. Because, well, of course it is. The fourth film in a franchise is rarely the point at which things start getting really good, but I actually liked the setup left by the end of Resident Evil: Extinction. So long as they don't bitch out on the promise of hundreds of Alice clones tearing up Umbrella, Afterlife could be good fun.

-Former Disney exec Michael Eisner also might be getting in on the video-game-movie action. Joystiq, going from a "trusted source," is reporting that Eisner's The Tornante Company is currently developing a Mechwarrior movie. Dean Devlin, whose production credits includes Stargate, Independence Day, and Godzilla, is said to be producing, while Michael Gordon, whose writing credits include 300 and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, is said to be writing. Not the worst idea for a video-game movie, and the team being assembled should be capable of conjuring up some decent giant-robot popcorn action. Still, I don't know how they plan on topping this.  

 
-Ray Park, AKA Darth Maul, is playing the villainous Rugal Bernstein in the upcoming King of Fighters movie, which I still kind of can't believe is an actual thing. A new video of Park surfaced on YouTube this week, and it basically consists of 30 breathtaking seconds of horribly out-of-context ADR work followed by two minutes of insight-free interview action. Enjoy!
 
 
-Lastly, in a fittingly dark turn, writer-slash-director Roger Avary was sentenced to a year in prison for gross vehicular manslaughter this week, according to Reuters. Avary, in addition to being Quentin Tarantino's writing partner on Pulp Fiction, wrote the first Silent Hill movie, and had signed on to pen its sequel.
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Edited by trimon

I await the return of TANG in 2012!!!!

Posted by Aarny91

Afterlife should be good.

Posted by MeatSim

This looks good for future seasons of TANG.

Posted by Infinityslimit

Haha robot jox, I used to love that movie as a kid.

Posted by kwyee

Schweet.... more fodder for TANG. 
 In fact, I'd love to watch Ryan review movies in general, though that would diverge from the theme of the site.

Posted by Bucketdeth

I can finally say that having all these shitty movies is great news.

Posted by Damodar

Glad you know about the King of Fighters movie, it looks to be truly awful.
 
At least most of Uwe's adaptions are games most people don't care about!

Posted by TheLegendofLuke
Posted by Krystal_Sackful

 The best thing about Robot Jox, in my opinion,  was the chainsaw penis.

Posted by kwyrt

Me too Infinityslimit. I can't even remember what Robot Jox was about other that big fighting robots but I remember thinking that movie was the bomb back in my preteen years.

Posted by TimmiT

It's as if the movie industry wants more TANG episodes!

Posted by Irishjohn

I have never heard of Robot Jox.  It looks amazing.

Posted by sealog444

my question is does "gamer" qualify for TANG, while not really about a specific video game per say, its more about games in general and  a mainstream media perception of what a gamer is.  Would be a good bit i think
Posted by D34dM4n

u hear about this: apparently Disney has secured the rights to the Prince of Persia franchise and is releasing The Sands of Time movie in 2010, with Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan and Ben Kingsley as Nizam. It's being written by the dude who created the PoP series, so it might be good, but it will probably go the way of Wing Commander and suck ass

Posted by Seedofpower

Awesome! I can't wait for next season!

Posted by Kilnik

During a trip to Disneyland I attempted to stay in the hotel, even contemplated feigning some rare illness, in order to finish watching "Robot Jox".
True story.

Posted by Kratch
I was absolutely obsessed with Robot Jox when I was a kid.  It will always have a place in my cold, robotic heart.
Edited by Metroid545

a mechwarrior movie? that actually has some good potential in it
 
also beware of the crotch chainsaw!

Posted by The_Patriarch

Dont forget the third Mortal Kombat movie, if it ever gets made. :p

Posted by wrecks

Robot Jox Rox.

Posted by Gelatinousgelboy

ROOOOOBOOOOJOXXXXXXXXX!
 
:)

Posted by HDCase

That's just karma coming back at that guy, Silent Hill (the movie, not the game) was awful.

Posted by Spiritof

How the hell did I ever miss out on a masterpiece like 'Robot Jox"??!!

Posted by ZeroCast

I hope the last movie would be Alone In The Dark II, it came out this year and should be a good finale for this great series. 
Posted by WilliamHenry
@The_Patriarch said:
" Dont forget the third Mortal Kombat movie, if it ever gets made. :p "
This post was about video game movie news from just this week, not about all the video game movies in development.
Posted by fancifulunicorn

Oh god, I rented Robot Jox from the local movie rental place so many times the owner dude gave it to me.  I'm looking at it in my living room right now.  There's no way any new robot based movie will ever top that.  I mean like, the badguy had a saw penis on his robot... Crash and Burn

Posted by The_Patriarch
@DivineCC said:
" @The_Patriarch said:
" Dont forget the third Mortal Kombat movie, if it ever gets made. :p "
This post was about video game movie news from just this week, not about all the video game movies in development. "
Oh I know, but the subsequent comments mentioned other video game movies in development.
Posted by ArbitraryWater

So what's the final movie of TANG?

Posted by NitroQuick

I am just waiting for TANG:Asteroids the movie.  
Nothing else matters.

Posted by Media_Master

Robot Jox looks pretty good

Posted by Skyler

I'm going to be bummed when you run out of movies to make fun of, Ryan. How many more movies based on games are there? There couldn't be many more that you haven't already covered, right? 

Posted by usedtype

Don't leave us TANG-less!  There are still plenty of completely aweful video-game based animes!  I want to hear your thoughts on Sin, based on the incredible forgotten FPS.
Posted by Kou_Leifoh

The news about these film seem a bit TANGY, you know what that means boys! TANG BAIT!

Posted by LordAndrew
@Skyler said:

" I'm going to be bummed when you run out of movies to make fun of, Ryan. How many more movies based on games are there? There couldn't be many more that you haven't already covered, right?  "

There's enough for a second season, at least. And after that, there's still probably some forgotten crap he can scrape from the bottom of the barrel.
Posted by Creamypies

You forgot to mention the recent deal which pens the people behind Ice Age to make a Spore movie.

Posted by StarFoxA
@Ryan: Are you going to do Japanese game movie? Cartoon game movies (e.g. Pokémon, Dead Space Downfall)?
Posted by DMack

Here's hoping we see a TANG segment on The Wizard (1989) next season!
Well done, Ryan. Go see some actual good movies to undo the damage.

Posted by teh_destroyer

more video game movies= more TANG.

Posted by Lydian_Sel

Wow.... I'm so fucking speechless right now....

Posted by KamasamaK
@StarFoxA said:

" @Ryan: Are you going to do Japanese game movie? Cartoon game movies (e.g. Pokémon, Dead Space Downfall)? "

I was wondering this as well. I mean, he's done two animated Final Fantasy movies (one not even based on a particular game) and Resident Evil: Degeneration. There are certainly plenty of other animated movies based on games. And I know of at least two Japanese live-action ones -- OneeChanbara and Sairen.
Posted by mrsmiley

THANK YOU for posting that Robot Jox video. Made my already great night even better. Looks like you're gonna have your work cut out for you. I will continue to hope that one of these days a GOOD video game movie will be released. Until then, there's always TANG!

Posted by Lazyaza

Robot Jox was and still is awesome, if the Mech Warrior movie is half as good I will be happy.
Theirs alot of decently fleshed out 'fiction' within the Battletech universe but I doubt they'll be delving too deep in to it, I'll be content with just kick ass cgi robot rights.

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Posted by cikame

Don't forget Prince of Persia, or Tekken.

Posted by minotaka
@kwyee said:
" Schweet.... more fodder for TANG.  In fact, I'd love to watch Ryan review movies in general, though that would diverge from the theme of the site. "
Dude i couldn't agree more!! and he could just keep the TANG name. Go on Mr D, u know its a good idea! :))
Posted by minotaka
@kwyee said:
" Schweet.... more fodder for TANG.  In fact, I'd love to watch Ryan review movies in general, though that would diverge from the theme of the site. "
Dude i couldn't agree more!! and he could just keep the TANG name. Go on Mr D, u know its a good idea! :))
Posted by Shadow

Don't pretend you didn't love it.