Hollywood loves a good announcement
The Super Mario Bros. Movie lit up the box office this year with more than $1 billion in ticket sales, putting video game movies back in the spotlight. It wasn’t the first video game movie and it won’t be the last.
But not every video game movie is so successful, and many that were announced and had directors and writers attached were never made at all. In this post, we’re running through 20 video game movies that were announced but never panned out.
This list includes the Halo movie from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, the movie based on The Division starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, and the Atari movie featuring none other than Leonardo DiCaprio as Nolan Bushnell.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that in Hollywood, this type of thing is normal. A studio buying the movie rights to a franchise does not guarantee that a project will see the light of day. It just means the company has the option to do so. With that out of the way, here we go.