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Casting Call: More Video Game Adaptations

A while ago I wrote a post in which I played casting director for yet-to-be-made movie adaptions of video games.

It was a lot of fun so I thought a write another post on some of the games I excluded previously. Hollywood could definitely use my help.

Mass Effect 

Like Bioshock, Mass Effect has an engrossing story, interesting characters and a detailed, atmospheric world.  If done right, it has the potential to become the next great sci-fi series.

Ideally, the first movie would cover the events of Mass Effect 2, which is the best game in the series. Sam Worthington should play Shepard. Movies such as Terminator: Salvation and Avatar have already proven he can do the sci-fi/action thing, and he bears striking resemblance to Shep.

Scarlett Johansson should play Miranda. She had a similar role as government spook in The Avengers and we know she can wear the hell out of a jumpsuit.

Straighten her hair, change her name and you have Miranda.

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Casting Video Game Adaptations

Video game films, generally, are terrible. Hollywood has been swinging and missing on them for decades. I think a lot of it comes down to not understanding both video games and movies. Of course they’re going to be terrible if the people making them have no context or comprehension of the source material.

Luckily, I rabidly consume both video games and films. So, Hollywood, I’m going to do you a favor. I’m going to cast a few adaptations that would kill at the box office if they were done right.


Vampires and the supernatural are hot right now. But why not make them bad ass again? Castlevania is the perfect series to do so. The Belmont clan–generations of vampire hunters–facing off against Dracula could be a great horror-action film.

Obviously, the main characters would be Simon Belmont and Dracula. I see Viggo Mortensen as Simon. He’s getting older but he would be perfect. Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence and Eastern Promises already proved he can fill dramatic and action roles simultaneously.

Vampire killer.

Mads Mikkelson should play Dracula. He’s got the European thing going, and he played Le Chiffre in Casino Royale,  one of the most memorable villains in the last 10 years.

He just looks evil.

Clearly, Guillermo del Toro, a boundlessly creative director with a penchant for the supernatural, would helm the film.


Metroid is one of Nintendo’s most atmospheric and creative franchises. It’s filled with alien worlds, great music and variety of unsettling enemies. It’s just begging to be adapted.

Plus, the series focuses on heroine Samus Aran, a galactic bounty hunter who spends her time terminating Space Pirates. Bounty hunter! Pirates! Space! What more could you want?

We’re halfway there already.

After her performance in Prometheus, and resemblance to the character, Charlize Theron is the obvious choice to play Samus.

The original game on NES was inspired by Alien, so it’s only fitting that Ridley Scott should direct. It’s exciting to think how he would interpret Samus’ power suit, the planet of Zebes, space pirates, metroids and Mother Brain. Continue reading

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