As video game releases continue to bring in millions, or billions of dollars for major publishers, movie studios are turning to video game movies as their next big thing. But the ties between movies and games have existed longer than most fans, or executives, probably realize. As you watch, let us know in the comments below if we missed some movies that could be inspired by your favourite games! Here are ScreenRant’s Movies You Didn’t Know Were Influenced By Video Games. Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise gave a face to this sci-fi war movie about a soldier reliving a day over and over again, but the story started as a Japanese comic series called “All You Need is Kill.” The writer came up with the idea after noticing how video games used death to train players, turning them from beginners into veterans – just like the movie’s hero. If the video game ties weren’t clear enough, the idea for the movie’s robotic exoskeletons was also introduced in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – released just months later.
District 9 A Halo movie is still just a dream, but when Peter Jackson was producing the film back in 2006, he saw Neill Blomkamp as the perfect director for the project, who turned heads by mixing CG creatures with lo-fi camerawork and realistic sets instead of massive green screen spectacle. When the movie plans were scrapped, Jackson decided to produce Blomkamp’s District 9 instead, featuring alien creatures, conflicts, weapons and action scenes torn right out of a first person shooter. The movie was based on one of the director’s short film, but Blomkamp’s original goal and similarities have led many to claim that District 9 is as close a vision of Blomkamp’s Halo movie as fans will ever see. Crank No game series has taken as much heat as Grand Theft Auto, embracing violence, destruction, and general carnage in the name of fun. The movie Crank took that dedication to heart – literally – with a hero who needs to keep his adrenaline pumping just to stay alive. The directors made the similarities to chaotic gaming obvious, including nods to video games throughout the movie, and even going completely into the digital world in the film’s final credits, putting star Jason Statham exactly where his character belongs: a bullet-fueled 16-bit shooter.
Zombieland Pitting four survivors with a sense of humor against an armwy of the undead made Zombieland a hit, but one video game series was using zombies for fun, not fear long before. The zombie shooter Left 4 Dead followed the same formula, even shaping its campaign and marketing to resemble a Hollywood film, but fans soon turned the game into an online sensation, where hilarious kills were the top priority. Zombieland kept the sense of humor and tension, and even “Kills of the Week” competitions intact, not to mention a finale set in a zombie-filled amusement park – a location included in Left 4 Dead 2, released shortly after the movie. Die Hard, Dredd & The Raid Modern game makers can dream up entire universes, but games made in the ‘80s and ‘90s had to rely on levels, and chains of boss battles for success.