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The new production Sonic: The Movie opens today (13). Inspired by Sega's game, the blue hedgehog (Ben Schwartz) ends up in the real world, where he meets policeman Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) and together they will defeat the villain Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Jim Carrey). The film will be released after a controversy with the visual of the protagonist's animation, which had to be completely redone after criticism from fans.
Since the 1990s, dozens of game-inspired features have been released, an attempt by Hollywood to reach gamers, a huge, demanding and growing audience. Most of these productions, however, were not very well accepted, with few viewers. Works such as Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter, and Resident Evil are some of the first of this wave. Read below our list of 4 adaptations that worked!
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Pokémon Saga (1998 – 2019)
With more than 70 games, the little monsters are one of the biggest in the industry, starting with a simple gameboy game in 1996, and achieving tremendous success with the augmented reality version for Smartphones, the Pokémon Go.
The 1997 anime became a worldwide sensation with 22 seasons, the last completed in 2018. There are 28 feature films inspired since 98, 27 animated films and the last, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is a mix of drawing with actors released last year.
Lara Croft – Tomb Raider (2001, 2003 and 2018)
Alicia Vikander and Angelina Jolie.
Speaking of games with different versions, Tomb Raider started in 1996 and continued with releases until 2018, reaching 17 games. Loved by fans, Lara Croft's adventures hit the big screen in 2001. With Angelina Jolie playing the heroine, the success of the adaptation came a lot from the actress, who also starred in the 2003 sequel. In 2018 another film appeared, Tomb Raider: The Origin, features Alicia Vikander starring as the youngest version of Lara. It was not a great success, but it did not look bad either.
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Warcraft: The First Meeting of Two Worlds (2016)
World of Warcraft, or WOW, is an online role-playing game (RPG) that has been a real fever since its launch in 2004. It is the most famous and one of the pioneers in the style. The film won over fans, who liked the effects and adaptation. However, with spectators who do not know the game it was another story, reaching fewer people than expected.
Angry Birds (2016)
The mobile game developed in 2009 quickly became one of the most popular for smartphones. Currently, it has dozens of versions and variations. The feature film inspired by wingless birds and green pigs also debuted in 2016, and is one of the most popular game films to date.