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All the upcoming video game movies for 2019 and beyond

Tomb Raider movie sequel
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There are so many upcoming video game movies it can be hard to keep track. Which ones hitting movie theaters and Netflix, which ones are in development hell, and which ones have had to go back to the drawing board because they gave a blue hedgehog human teeth. Whether you want to know about the Uncharted movie or doublecheck if your favorite game is getting a movie adaptation anytime soon, this is a mega list of all the projects currently in the works. Some just have outlines, some have casts, and some will be with you before the end of 2019.

Need something to watch now? Check out our list of the best video game movies that are already out.

Tomb Raider 2

Warner Bros has already confirmed its working on a sequel to 2018's Tomb Raider movie Excitingly, the writer hired for the project is Amy Jump, a longtime Ben Wheatley collaborator who has worked on cult films like the excellent Kill List, A Field In England, Free Fire, and High-Rise. All are dark and sinister, and hint at an exciting future for Lara Croft. According to Deadline, star Alicia Vikander was a fan of Jump's work on the script.

Sonic the Hedgehog

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Release date:  November 8, 2019  

How do you feel about swole Sonic? Because that's very much what we seem to be getting with the new live action adaptation of the Sega classic. The new poster features a hedgehog silhouette with thighs that would look out of place on a rugby players, and was alarming enough to spark a wave of memes.  We'll have to wait to see Mr Needlemouse in action before we make any real judgement, but the cast features Jim Carrey as villain Dr. Ivo Robotnik, James Marsden, and Parks and Rec star Ben Schwartz in the title role. Can Jean-Ralphio make this work? We'll find out next November. 

Call of Duty

Release date: 2018/2019 

Activision has made no secret of its desire to squeeze every last penny out of its blockbuster titles, and Call of Duty is no exception. It's very early days in development, but the early signs are promising. Stefano Sollima has signed on as director, and if that name is familiar its because he's just finished Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Kieran Fitzgerald is on board as the writer -he's also currently at work on Sherlock Holmes 3 - and in the past has penned Oliver Stone's Snowden and a few episodes of gripping Netflix documentary series Wormwood. 

"Not a war movie, but a soldier movie," Solima said of the project in an interview with Polygon. "I think that this is what I will do. I think it’s a missing part. [There have recently been] some movies [about] soldiers, but only some of them are masterpieces. I think I miss modern [soldier movies]. As an audience.” 

Minecraft: The Movie

Release date: TBC

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney left he project this year, pushing back the 2019 release date . As a result, Warner Bros. has signed up the writer/director duo of Aaron and Adam Nee (who are also working on the Masters of the Universe reboot) to take his place. The current official synopsis is "Steve is the only person in the village that doesn't fit in, but one day while mining for stone he meets Klunk, the iron golem and together they have wacky adventures." Steve Carrel is rumored to be on the books to play Steve.

The game's original creator Markus "Notch" Persson is also on the creative team,.


Release date: TBA

Rumors and drama have surrounded the Uncharted movie since around 2010, when Mark Wahlberg confirmed he was playing Nathan Drake and that  Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci would be his co-stars. Directed by American Hustle's David O Russell, fans we're confused about the rumored plot lines, and things soon fell quiet.  

Now, thankfully, it looks as though the project is back, with Dan Trachtenberg directing and Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, starring. Holland will play a young Drake, and has his eye on his Avengers Infinity War buddy Chris Pratt as Sully. "I think he would be a great Sully, I think it could be cool," he said in an interview. "Because if it was an older movie, I would say that Chris should play Nathan, but I think he would be a cool Sully, and I love working with Chris, so if I could work with Chris some more that would be great."

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston is also rumored to be on the cast. Now he would make a great Sully. 

The Last of Us

Release date: TBA

Brace yourselves, because the most recent news on a The Last of Us adaptation isn't good. The game's writer, Neil Druckmann, worked on the script for the movie version a couple of years ago, but recently said on stage the DICE Summit 2018 that "having some separation from it, I look back and I'm like, 'I don't want that movie to be made."

Lucky for him, the project seems to have run out of gas. It was announced in 2014, with Spider-Man and Evil Dead veteran Sam Raimi producing and Resident Evil studio Screen Gems on board. By 2016 Raimi revealed in an interview that things had stalled because Druckmann and Sony couldn't agree on a direction for the movie. " I'm attached to it. I'm not too sure what that means," he told IGN. "Right now it's just sitting there. They don't want to move forward, and it's not my place to say why, and Neil, I think, is in a slight disagreement with them about how things should go so there's a standstill. And I don't have the power to move it." 

At least there's The Last of Us 2 to look forward to. 

Watch Dogs

Release date: TBA

Announced in 2013, the last we heard about the hacker movie adaptation was in 2016, when Ubisoft said it was working with Sony to make it happen. Since then, Watch Dogs 2 has been released to a solid critical reception but soft launch sales, the Assassin's Creed movie failed to slay its intended audience, and all has gone quiet. 

Excitingly, or not, on IMDb it's also listed as the "Untitled Mark Wahlberg/Hacker Project" so let your mind run wild with that for a while.

Monster Hunter

Release date: TBA 

If Monster Hunter World lit a fire in your belly for wildlife murder, then you'll be pleased to know a movie is currently in the early stages. You might not be so pleased to hear that Resident Evil: The Final Chapter writer-director Paul W.S Anderson is leading the charge. According to a 2016 interview with Deadline, he scored the rights from Capcom, and has big plans. "We’ve found a way of connecting the Dune-like sand covered world of Monster Hunter with our world," says his producing partner Jeremy Bolt. "So we’re bringing this massive Japanese game into the world of America." Apparently Anderson's vision includes a "normal American" getting pulled into a parallel world and already expands to two movies. 

"It’s definitely intended to be a franchise because the movie starts in our world and then it goes to the Monster Hunter world and then the final act comes back to our world," adds Anderson. "It’s basically this epic battle in and around LAX."

The movie will be released on September 4, 2020.