Video game movies are a strange beast.
Almost uniformly, they suck. They’re just not good. Even the exceptions, the ones that are good relative to the terrible ones, aren’t even very good. The best tend to be movies about video games (Wreck-It Ralph, Free Guy), not actual adaptations of video games.
And yet, we keep wanting more of them. We keep waiting for someone to get it right. It’s bound to happen one of these days. Maybe it will be HBO’s The Last of Us series. Not a movie, but still. Or maybe it will be Halo.
Halo was one of the first megahits of the modern video game era, the Xbox’s flagship game, both a pioneer and a dinosaur, the latest iteration – #6 – was just released to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary. It’s being viewed, at best, as a fun throwback; its most favorable reviews are colored by the nostalgia. But it’s a known entity and has been flirting with a mo= vie adaptation for years. Now, we’re finally getting the next best (oR even better?) thing: a big-budget streaming show.
It’s coming to Paramout+ in 2022, after multiple delays and false starts. We don’t know much about it, but we know that Master Chief is the main character and that he will be portrayed by Pablo Schrieber (The Wire). That’s about all we know, and the first teaser for the series tells us even less.
We’ll have to wait and see with this one, but at some point, one of these video game adaptations eventually has to be good. Right?