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A guide to upcoming video-game movies and their current status

February 8th, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

assassins creed

One of the more ambitious projects I undertook this year was a feature for Digital Trends in which I assembled a list of all the movies based on video games that are currently in production, expected to go into production, or stalled out at some point after being announced in recent years.

The feature involved quite a bit of research, and it’s intended to be a work-in-progress article that will be updated as new information is released and additional films are announced. Fortunately, I think the feature turned out well, and although some of the news was a little sad to revisit (like the decision to abandon a BioShock movie), I really enjoyed the process of putting this article together.

Here’s an excerpt:

Assassin’s Creed (August 7, 2015)

Ubisoft’s grand experiment in movie production kicks off in 2015 with Assassin’s Creed, based on the critically acclaimed series about a secret organization of assassins that has helped to shape history, while fighting a centuries old war against the Templars. The film has been in various stages of development for years now, but it made serious headlines in 2012 when Ubisoft announced that it was creating its own film division to develop the movie, along with several other properties. The film made news again when Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Prometheus) agreed to produce and star in the film.

Relative newcomer Michael Lesslie penned the first draft of the film’s script, but Minority Report and The Wolverine screenwriter Scott Frank is currently revising Lesslie’s story. According to Frank, the film will have a “completely different” story from the games, though it’s expected to feature many of the same themes and general concepts that made the Assassin’s Creed games so compelling. Ubisoft has yet to name a director for the movie, though it has confirmed that it will be a 3D film.

- The film has been pushed back from July to August 7. [1/10/14]
- Shooting is expected to begin in August 2014. [2/7/14]
- Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) is reportedly the studio’s first choice to direct, although that is unconfirmed. [2/7/14]

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“Robocop” comics and more new stuff to look for in February

February 5th, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

There’s some great geekery hitting shelves (and theaters) this month, so February’s spotlight on stuff to spend your money on is a relatively long column. You’ll want to read to the end, though, as there’s a very cool Iron Man collectible that’s worth a look – even if just for the visual effect.

Along with lots of projects for the big and small screens, this month’s stockpile includes a bunch of interesting comics — including a series of Robocop tie-in stories that unfold in the world of the upcoming film.

robocop betaHere’s an excerpt from this week’s column:

With the arrival of RoboCop in theaters this month, Boom Studios has put together four different anthologies of stories set in the world of the upcoming film, which reimagines the 1987 film about a fatally injured policeman who becomes a lethal, crime-stopping cyborg. The four issues are titled RoboCop: Beta, Memento Mori, To Live and Die in Detroit and Hominem Ex Machina, and tell stories from different periods of the new, rebooted RoboCop’s history.

You can read the rest of this week’s Geek Beat column at Movies.com.

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So jealous of this gaming corner. Atari 2600, NES, and SNES w/ Multitap. *single tear*

February 1st, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

So jealous of this gaming corner. Atari 2600, NES, & SNES w/ Multitap. *single tear*

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Only slightly more prestigious than a participation award…

February 1st, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

Discovered while cleaning up. Only *slightly* more prestigious than a participation award.

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“Learn to Love the C-List” and more advice for the DC movie-verse

January 29th, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

dc universeIn this week’s “Geek Beat” column, I offer up some advice for Warner Bros. regarding the best way to build an expanded universe with the DC Comics characters akin to the multimedia franchises that Marvel and the Star Wars caretakers have cultivated.

Given how much potential there is in DC’s history, it’s frustrating that we still don’t have a unified movie universe for Superman, Batman, and the rest of their world-famous characters. In my latest column, I offer up three suggestions for WB that could put them on the path to rectifying that problem.

Here’s an excerpt:

Learn to Love the B-list (and C-list)

This piece of advice is simple: Take a deep dive into the DC stable of characters and be willing to take some risks with the heroes – and villains – you find there.

Iron Man was far from an A-list superhero when Marvel made the armored Avenger take point position in its grand experiment with the 2008 solo film, but the gamble paid off. And when the studio repeated the wager with Thor and Captain America, it ended up going three-for-three with lesser known heroes. Over the next few years, Marvel is expected to roll out projects featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy – a team no one outside of comics has ever heard of – as well as Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Daredevil and the Defenders. It’s all pretty amazing – especially if you consider that Warner Bros. is still working out how to get Superman and Batman on the same screen.

Sure, Warner Bros. is reeling a bit from the debacle with Green Lantern, which was intended to be the studio’s answer to Iron Man and the first piece in a larger universe, but it shouldn’t let that stop it from going back to the character pool – after all, Marvel didn’t hit a home run with the first two Hulk movies, either.

You can read the rest of the column at Movies.com.

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This week’s game night selection: “Smash Up” (My ninja/trickster team is unstoppable!)

January 22nd, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

This week's game night selection: Smash Up. My ninja/trickster team is unstoppable. Highly recommended!

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Dear Oscars… It’s not me, it’s you.

January 21st, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·


For this week’s “Geek Beat” column, I decided to have an important heart-to-heart that I’ve been meaning to have for a few years now.

Here’s an excerpt:

I remember the moment I fell out of love with you, Oscars.

It wasn’t something you did that came between us. It was something you didn’t do. And you can probably take solace in the fact that most people wouldn’t get upset about it. Heck, they’d probably agree with you. But this was the proverbial straw that broke my back, Oscars. It was the spark that ignited the inferno. It was the, well… you get the idea.

Specifically, it was that time you didn’t nominate The Fifth Element for a “Best Costume Design” Oscar.

I know, I know… it’s pretty ridiculous. Of all the rough patches we’ve overcome, that was the reason I stopped taking you seriously?

You can read the rest of the column at Movies.com.

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