Despite only sporadic success at the box office, it seems more and more video games are being adapted into movies. The Resident Evil franchise is about to end, but Assassin’s Creed is about to begin. Tomb Raider is getting a movie reboot, and Warcraft may or may not be getting a sequel.
One company that is fine with their properties not being movies is Bethesda. They’re good with just making games as Pete Hines told Finder at QuakeCon:
“We get asked to all the time, but the short version is; we make games. That’s what we are known for. And this conversation usually falls into the camp of; are we going to let some other person do their own interpretation of what Fallout is, or Elder Scrolls is, or Dishonored is? Or are we going to hold onto it and let the developers be the only ones that are able to say, “this is what Fallout is, or Elder Scrolls, or Wolfenstein, or whatever?” So we want our developers to decide what our franchises are about and not a movie director, or producer or studio.
Even when they say, “oh no, you will have total control,” well, I don’t know anybody who actually has total control over the film adaptation of their video game. If you did, why would you not just make it yourself? Of course the film studio and the scriptwriter and the director are going to have a tonne of say. They will have their own vision. So we get asked all the time, but we see it as a distraction. We’re a video games company; let’s do what we know.”
Though he did acknowledge that there would be one person who at least who get serious consideration:
“I think if Peter Jackson [Lord of the Rings director] turned up at Todd Howard’s office and said, “I want to do Elder Scrolls,” well that would be a pretty serious conversation you would have to listen to. But I think Peter is probably pretty busy (laughs). So I don’t see us any time soon looking at movies. And if you look at our board of directors, we have Hollywood heavyweights like Jerry Bruckheimer, Leslie Moonves and Harry Sloan, so it’s not like we don’t know where to go if we want to get a film or TV show made. It’s more about, “is this something we really want to do? What are we getting out of it? What kind of distraction is it going to create?””
Well this is probably good news. For me that just means that they will stay focused on making games, and that is the way it should be. To be honest these movies never really pan out to be anything good, so I say why even bother. Interesting stuff and good news, and thanks for sharing.