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(Sort Of) Alive
Most of the films in this category have been kicking around Hollywood for a while now, and despite some movement here and there in the development cycle, they don’t seem to be able to get past the scripting phase. Things could easily change – as they often do in Hollywood – but right now the odds aren’t great.
Universal recently announced that Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) was just signed to direct, with Eric Newman attached to produce. The new movement is encouraging, but the game was released four year ago in February, and both the game itself and animated movie that was released with it were only moderate hits. Alvarez is already committed to Evil Dead II, so it could be another year at least before this property would even have the chance to be made.
Devil May Cry
Capcom confirmed Screen Gems’ intent to make a live-action Devil May Cry film at E3, with a script by Machete Kills screenwriter Kyle Ward. That was over two years ago. The project is currently considered to be in the “treatment stage.”
God of War
A live-action God of War movie has been in development since 2005, and it has worked its way through several writers since. God of War creator David Jaffe claimed that an actor was close to being cast, but that was in 2011. The project has yet to name a director or a release date.
Heavy Rain (2014)
Quantic Dream’s moody murder mystery Heavy Rain had its film rights snatched up almost as soon as the first footage was revealed, and the film was reportedly fast-tracked for production. NYPD Blue and Deadwood writer David Milch is currently working on a script for the film, and has been for nearly three years.
Kane & Lynch
In 2010, Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx were originally cast in the lead roles, but the film was pushed back from a 2011 release to 2013 due to the departure of director Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum), and the original script has undergone several rewrites with no end in sight.
A Mass Effect film has been in development since May 2010, with former Marvel CEO Avi Arad one of several producers on the project. Originally penned by Mark Protosevich (Thor), the script received a rewrite in 2012 from Morgan Davis Foehl (Click). Arad has said the film is still a long way off from release.
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima announced in 2006 that a live-action movie based on his wildly successful game franchise was in development with Avi Arad’s production company. Seven years later, Man Of Steel writer David Goyer is rumored to be the studio’s choice to pen the film’s script.
New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. gave Kevin Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) the reins to a reboot of Mortal Kombat in 2011 after his successful web series, but the project ran into trouble last year. Warner Bros. reduced the budget to $40-50 million (down from around $100 million), and Tancharoen returned to filming the second season of his web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy while the details are being sorted out.