5 video game movies to look forward to in 2022
For years, film adaptations of video games have often had a bad reputation. Many of them, starting with the notoriously terrible 1993 Super Mario Bros. film, were criticized for departing from the source material. No matter how hard Hollywood tries, it never seems like things are going well. Thankfully, many fans are hoping the stigma will change in 2022, as the year has quite an interesting lineup of video game movies. Here are some adaptations to get you excited.
“Uncharted” – February 18
The first video game movie of 2022 is right around the corner. The highly anticipated Unexplored movie, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, arrives February 18.
This action-packed adventure sees Holland become young Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who works with his mentor, Walhberg’s Sully, to find a $5 billion fortune. However, a few dangerous enemies also want to get their hands on the treasure. The film is billed as a prequel to Unexplored series of video games, offering a look at the origins of Nathan.
‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ – April 8
sonic the hedgehog is back for another adventure in sonic the hedgehog 2. Like the first movie, Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) will have to defeat Doctor Eggman (Jim Carrey) and stop him from finding the Master Emerald. This time, however, Doctor Eggman has the help of Knuckles the Echidna (Idris Elba) and Sonic has the help of Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey).
sonic the hedgehog 2 hits theaters on April 8.
Untitled “Super Mario Bros.” movie – December 21
The first one Super Mario Bros. the movie didn’t go so well, but maybe the second time around will be the charm. Unlike the live-action version, this adaptation will be animated by Illumination Entertainment. Nintendo surprised fans with a star-studded voice cast announcement in September 2021, revealing Chris Pratt as Mario and Charlie Day as Luigi. Meanwhile, Anya Taylor-Joy will voice Princess Peach and Jack Black will voice Bowser.
Very few plot details are available at this time, including the official title of the film. However, fans know that the project will see Mario rescue Princess Peach. the Super Mario Bros. the film arrives in US theaters on December 21.
‘Borderlands’ – Release Date TBD
Borderlands does not yet have an official 2022 release date. However, the Gearbox adaptation Borderlands the games wrapped filming in June 2021, as seen in the tweet above. A few big-name stars round out the cast, including Jack Black, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Hart, and Cate Blanchett.
According to Deadline, Borderlands follows an outlaw named Lilith, who searches for Atlas’ daughter with his band of misfits. She and her team must battle monsters and other dangers in their quest to find the powerful girl. Hopefully the post-production stage means the movie is close to release.
‘The Division’ – TBD
Another highly anticipated film is The division. Based on Tom Clancy’s Division, the film follows a group of trained civilians who try to save the country from a pandemic virus. For now, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are the only two confirmed actors.
The division is still in pre-production, so it likely won’t be released in 2022. However, fans will likely hear updates on the film this year. Director Rawson Marshall Thurber revealed to GamesRadar+ in November 2021 that the film was progressing well.
“I’m so thrilled about it,” he said. “We’re in the middle of the last rewrite, and I think we’re going to start shooting [next year]. It’s my next movie, Jake and Jessica are excited and ready to go. Hopefully we’ll be filming in 2022 and I’m incredibly excited.
Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for more updates on video game movies releasing in 2022 and beyond.
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