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8 more classic Universal movies that should be made into games

Twin Peaks

Okay, so this is a TV show rather than a movie, and it was originally on ABC, but it's brilliant and Universal currently has the DVD rights. So it counts, you hear?

Twin Peaks is such a perfect fit for an adventure game that it almost puts us in very real, physical pain to think about it. There's a mystery to be solved. There's a fish-out-of-water protagonist investigating a weird, alien environment with a secret. And for once, incongruous logic, overly-cryptic writing and odd characterisation would be completely acceptable. David Lynch, meet the adventure genre. I know you're going to be very happy together.

Weird Science

John Hughes' 1985 sci-fi comedy cannot fail as a Telltale adventure game. Two high school geeks accidentally create their perfect woman using a Barbie Doll, a thunder storm and an ancient home computer. She turns out to be Kelly LeBrock packing reality manipulation powers. Hilarity ensues.

 

So the game sets the scene by having us point and click our way through a few miserable school days while trying to avoid jock humiliation. Then we hit the creation stage, wherein we have to research, find and collect together all the required bits and bobs needed. Get it wrong, and we come up with a drooling, wheezing abomination that wants to take a shower with us regardless. Get it right, and we spend the rest of the game outsmarting our oppressive older brother, bluffing our way through pissed-up nights at blues clubs, and eventually working out how best to use our creation's abilities to screw over the school bullies, steal their girlfriends, generally win the day ,and hide that wayward nuclear missile before mum and dad get home.

Hannibal

Okay, this one would be a pretty big change of tone for Telltale, but it could work brilliantly. You've got a sprawling international mystery, as Clarice Starling, the Italian Police, and dog food psycho Mason Verger all try to track Hannibal down. You've got complex character machinations and all kinds of machiavellian plotting as Hannibal tries to stay on top of the story's other protagonists. And to round it all off, you've got potential for a great Operation/Cooking Mama hybrid mini-game in which you open up Ray Liotta's skull and dissect his brain for dinner. A win on all counts. We're just sad that Universal's lack of involvement in Silence of the Lambs would disallow any Buffalo Bill Dance Dance Revolution action.

Uncle Buck

We could try to justify this one by citing John Hughes' warm comic dialogue, Buck's interpersonal struggles with his relatives, and the madcap scenarios that fill the film from start to finish, but really, we just miss John Candy and want a game containing a massive 3D model of his big grinning face. It would make us happy.

But what do you think? Any other movies that Telltale should have tried to get hold of as part of the deal? And Universal or not, what's your dream movie adaptation, and how would you like to see it done? Let us know in the comments, or splurge your opinions at our Facebook and Twitter portals.

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33 comments

  • Gurkog - October 8, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    I could swear that alot of the movies mentioned have crappy arcade games made loosely based on them..... but its been so long that I can not remember :P
  • Marvelfan13 - July 15, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    Lol at Uncle Buck. That movie was awesome. Weird Science is also really great. I'd love to see an army of darkness game.
  • Perfect_Insanity - June 19, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    V For Vendetta,and EQUILIBRIUM, both would be astounding
  • nadrewod999 - June 13, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    Twelve Monkeys made me go temporarily insane. Spoiler Twister: Bruce Willis sees himself die.
  • lukel127 - June 12, 2010 7:06 p.m.

    I aggre with @GREmLiN324
  • CaptainPrice87 - June 12, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    Army of Darkness would ftw as a game (Not that it didn't already as a movie).
  • DriveShaft - June 11, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    Army of Darkness the game? Better then a boomstick :D
  • TitanofRock21 - June 11, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    I absolutely love fear and loathing! and I say screw the video game unless it can magically give me their wonderful briefcase of goodies. MMMMmmmm good. But Army of darkness would be badass. I also agree that we need a blockbuster budget matrix game because even though the other 2 games sucked i still was able 2 enjoy them. so if they took their time and actually cared then i'm sure it would be glorious!
  • Luc1ferRis1ng - June 11, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    Fear And Loathing should NEVER be made into a game! It doesn't need it and it would be shite!
  • GR_DavidHoughton - June 11, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    Rapidly click to get hand free from between two pillows.
  • philipshaw - June 11, 2010 10:29 a.m.

    You mentioned John Candy so why not have him and Steve Martin’s best film in Trains, Planes and Automobiles
  • reaperman22 - June 11, 2010 8:54 a.m.

    a really good (not just mediocre) matrix game, i mean they are perfect for video game adaption so why do we have to settle for two glitchy and fairly average movie cash ins, oh and i love mmeaden's red dwarf idea
  • GR_DavidHoughton - June 11, 2010 8:14 a.m.

    Kesha: Yep, I absolutely knew the origin of the name. But it's the one used in Fear and Loathing (the book and the movie), so logically it would be the one used in the adaptation as well. And Moroz, as for Army of Darkness, there are a few games based loosely around the Evil Dead franchise, but none based directly on AoD. And they're action games rather than point and click adventures. And they're not that good.
  • Doctalen - June 11, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    I love Weird Science, that is one hell of a funny movie, but a video game not really. Maybe it could be a sandbox game.
  • ryno - June 10, 2010 7:47 p.m.

    tremors and jurassic park would be great as first person games like AVP
  • SuperGoomba64 - June 10, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    FUCK YES FEAR AND LOATHING. my favorite movie of all time. It needs to be a game, even though most of it would be spent taking drugs..:O
  • slimjim441 - June 10, 2010 7:10 p.m.

    Apocalypse Now Blues Brothers Big Lebowski Kill Bill Dracula, from the 30s (Mad World style) Boondock Saints and of course, Time Bandits Those would be some badass movies.
  • JADENkOTOR - June 10, 2010 6:44 p.m.

    Gladiator The Burbs Casino Carlito's Way Scarface The Blues Brothers Inglorious Bastards The Deer Hunter High Plains Drifter The Sting An American WW in London The Last Starfighter The Jackal American Graffiti
  • GREmLiN324 - June 10, 2010 6:18 p.m.

    Clearly a point and click for christopher nolan's memento should be made!
  • Kesha - June 10, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    Good article. By the way Raul Duke was Hunter S. Thompson's fake name he used when checking into hotels and shit.So yea I don't know if you meant to put Raul Duke in the article or you just didn't know.

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