Will these 5 video game adaptations be a hit or a miss?

The video game adaptation curse finally seems to be over, so it's time to look at the most anticipated movies and TV series set to feature beloved game characters and determine whether they will be a hit or a miss.

Still from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch from E3. Image: Nintendo.
Still from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch from E3. Image: Nintendo. /
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Minecraft movie

Plans to make a Minecraft movie have been on the table ever since 2014. Unfortunately, ten years have passed and that project still hasn't seen the light of day. Whenever a movie is trapped in production hell for a prolonged time it should be considered a red flag, and this time is no different.

Many directors have been attached to the project but left at some point signaling its troubled production. As of right now, Jared Hess is set to direct the movie with Jason Momoa being its leading star. Only time will tell if this time is finally the charm, but things are not looking good for the Minecraft movie. Besides, the video game it's based on is popular for its building mechanics and not its main narrative (since it lacks one). With that in mind, what kind of story would the movie tell?

Over time, many projects under the Minecraft umbrella have been released, including Minecraft: Story Mode. But even that was considered to be just an "okay" experience instead of something good or memorable. If the Minecraft movie wants to succeed, it has a lot of heavy lifting to do. Will it be able to replicate the magic of the Lego: Movie, which successfully adapted a narrative-less franchise of building blocks to the big screen? Or will it be remembered as an uninspired cash grab that takes advantage of the name of a popular video game? Well, our money is on the latter.

Verdict: Possible miss

Out of the five adaptations we discussed, only two look like they could be failures. That's not a bad figure at all, especially considering there was a time when audiences assumed video game adaptations would always be terrible. Only time will tell whether these projects will succeed or not, but one thing's for certain: the future is looking bright for the gaming community.

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