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All the upcoming video game movies for 2021 and beyond

Kane and Lynch

Release date: TBA

This particular movie has been in the works since 2007, so we're now looking at over a decade of heel-dragging and shilly-shallying for this particular Eidos Interactive property. It's still on the slate of the production company that brought you Leatherface and The Expendables, but it's fair to say mercenary Kane and schizophrenic Lynch aren't quite the hot property they once were. 

The movie has languished in obscurity after losing its original director - as well as its lead cast members, Jamie Foxx and Bruce Willis. In 2013 Gerard Butler and Vin Diesel were rumored to be starring in the film with a new director. F. Gary Gray in charge. 

God of War

A photo illustration showing Kratos in front of a runic message.

Release date: TBA

Kratos has never been hotter, so perhaps the success of the reboot is just what the movie - which has apparently been a thing since 2005 - needs to become more than a swirling mist of Spartan-shaped rumor. All we have is a handful of writers, including David Jaffe (who is also down as producer) and a few hopes and dreams. 

Cory Barlog, creative director at SIE Santa Monica Studio, has suggested God of War would make a great Netflix series, but also that there's potential for a movie there. 

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Devil May Cry

Release date: TBA

Remember when Capcom announced that Hollywood was making a Devil May Cry movie at E3? We do, and damn, does DMC continue to have fantastic cinematic potential, whichever version of Dante the production goes with. Of course, that was back at E3 2011, and we haven't heard a thing in the six years since. Nothing's been officially cancelled but, er, moving swiftly on... 

Mortal Kombat

Release date:  16 April, 2021

No, we're not talking about the 1995 one starring Christopher Lambert, this is a totally new one, and the development process started a whole 15 years ago. Director Simon McQuoid's new adaptation of Mortal Kombat just got a bloody new trailer. The story centers around Cole Young, born with a special birthmark and destined to fight in a special tournament called Mortal Kombat.  The movie is coming to theaters and HBO Max in the US on April 16. The movie will be available in UK cinemas later in 2021.

Metal Gear Solid

Release date: TBA

Now this is genuinely exciting. Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is almost as passionate about games as he is about films, and fought to take on the Metal Gear movie project. Now his fans are regularly treated to shots of him hanging out with Hideo Kojima, and he's talked openly about wanting to do the story justice. Jurassic World writer Derek Connolly is on board to help with the script. Oscar Isaac is rumored to be taking the role of Snake. 

"I think people understand - through my relationship with Kojima and otherwise - that we're really trying to shepherd this in the most interesting ways," Vogt-Roberts told us last year. 

"There's about a million steps to take and about a million things that can go wrong in the process, but I'm excited because the intent is right, the approach is right. The ethos and the producers and the executives, we all have the best interest right now in mind."

Heavy Rain

Release date: TBA

The Heavy Rain rights were bought way back in 2006, years before the game was released. We still do not have a movie. Unless you count the game itself. We do have a name attached to the screenplay, and it's David Milch, of Deadwood and NYPD Blue fame. Don't bet the mortgage  on this one kids. 

The Sims

Release date: TBA

There is a live-action movie based on a video game based on real life in the works. It was announced back in May 2007, but nothing has been heard since. Joy and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. producer John Davis is still attached, but that might just because he's been too busy to have his assistant update his IMDB profile. 


Release date: TBA

You are not hallucinating: Universal Pictures picked up the rights to a movie based on the classic black-and-white space shooter way back in July 2009. We've heard little since then, but there has been some activity behind the scenes. The script was (semi) recently re-written by F. Scott Frazier, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing, but the director-search continues after Roland Emmerich backed out a few years ago.  Nothing has been heard since 2015.