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The perfect Mortal Kombat movie cast, CONFIRMED

Feb 26 // Jim Sterling
Bill Murray as Jax Bill Murray, famous for his roles in The Ghost Bustings and Charlie's Angels, brings a sense of levity and fun to every role he portrays, a perfect fit for the Bluesy humor often displayed by Jax in the hit videogame. However, Murray knows when it's time to put away the lighthearted goofs and get serious, as we saw in the stunning semi-autobiographical Garfield Day.  Gene Hackman as Scorpion It's time to be scared, everybody! The sinister Gene Hackman is on the prowl, and you have no idea what he's gone and done this time! Hackman's icy persona and stoic menace make him a perfect fit for Mister Scorpion, who I think is a bad guy from Hell or something. This Hollywood beast has terrified me ever since I was a child, and I've often found myself being incredibly angry at him for no reason. He's the actor we love to hate, and sometimes just plain hate -- well suited for such an intimidating character.  George Lopez as Reptile Reptile just loves to have fun, and plays pranks on the heroes of Outer Worlds all of the time. Whether it's putting plastic flies in ice cubes before Raiden's gala ball, or telling Liu Kang his ears are really gross even when they're not, you just never know what kind of gentle, audience-appropriate shenanigans Reptile will get up to next. Our focus testing suggests comedian and talk show host George Lopez would be ripe for the role -- a rising star with a lot to offer. Vince Vaughn as Baraka Baraka is always smiling because of some funny things he's thought of, and Vince Vaughn has the brightest smile in all of Tinsel Town. It's a marriage made in marketing heaven! Starring in comedies such as George of the Jungle and The Mummy Returns, Vaughn's roles are comical but also a bit serious at the same time, as seen in the more dramatic parts he's played in Bedazzled and Dudley Do-Right. Of course, Baraka is also scary when he needs to be, so we may need to convince Vaughn to threaten some girls so they'll be really creeped out by him on the silver screen. Jack Nicholson as Goro All we need are two fake arms and a thong, and Mr. Shining will do all the rest. Watching Nicholson onscreen is like seeing pure magic pour out of a sorcerer's arse, the man's just got charisma dripping from every crag in his chiseled face. As Goro, Nicholson's job will be to act as a force of power for the heroes to overcome, but also say things that will appeal to toy-buying kids, such as "Radical" and "This is hella bunk, you frisky idiot." Goro is important to the monetary post-release support of the movie, but Nicholson's raw energy will bring him to life.  Jennifer Lawrence as Sonya Blade In all honesty, as great as Lawrence is, we have no justifiable reason as to why she'd be good for the part of Sonya. However, our intensive research suggests that so long as we can somehow convince the star of The Hungry Games to be in this thing, absolutely nothing else will matter.  Kenan & Kel as Raiden We looked at the hard data, and while Raiden is still a popular character with long-time fans of Mortal Kombat, it's apparent that he's failing to connect with a wider audience. The new Mortal Kombat movie will re-envision Raiden as a hip talking street cat who breaks all the rules, and who better to give this fresh direction form than Hollywood newcomer Kenan & Kel? First rising to fame in his own eponymous TV show, Kenan & Kel has been on an upward climb that's impossible to ignore. We're very excited to have him on board, and expect to see great things from this child prodigy.  Val Kilmer as Liu Kang Everybody, it's time to meet The Man Who Was The Bat Man! Is there nothing The Kilmeister can't do? There's just one thing -- be bad at acting! In many ways, Mortal Kombat has always been Liu Kang's story, and so it falls to me to deliver a leading man who has the style, the savvy, and the look of this martial arts icon. There is no other man worthy, especially with The Dark Knight Rises still hot on our breath and warm in our bellies.  Mila Kunis as Sub Zero Incredibly beautiful, and such a talent, Mila Kunis is far and away one of the biggest female celebrities in the world of film, and is perfect as the classic heroine Sub Zero. Cold body, warm heart, that's the motivation behind this latest retelling of the Sub Zero story. Will Liu Kang break her harsh exterior and finally run away with the woman of his dreams before she does what her father wants and marries that no-good son of a wealthy businessman? Watch and find out! Dakota Fanning as Shang Tsung We may have gotten lazy at the end. 
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Mortal Kombat has another live-action movie in the works, and it's probably not going to be very good. That doesn't mean it has to be awful, though. The right blend of actors can turn any film, no matter how cynical, into a c...

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Michael Keaton will be in the Need for Speed movie


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Feb 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Michael Keaton is joining the Need For Speed movie. Yes, did you forget? There's a Need for Speed movie happening. What's up with all the game movie news today? The movie will also be starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper, a...
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Paul W.S. Anderson mentions a Monster Hunter movie


Sep 11
// Dale North
Gross! It's not clear if he was teasing something he's been considering, or if something real is actually in the works, but Resident Evil Retribution producer Paul W.S. Anderson brought up a Monster Hunter film during an...

Metal Gear Solid Hollywood film adaptation is a thing

Aug 30 // Allistair Pinsof
My opinion: Get Anthony Burch. [embed]234024:44901:0[/embed] [via JohnTV on Twitter]
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via Columbia Pictures and Amazing Spider-Man producer
One of the most cinematic games is finally reaching cinemas through a partnership between Columbia Pictures and Kojima Productions. At the Metal Gear Solid 25th Anniversary event in Japan, series creator Hideo Kojima was join...

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Here's a not-scary trailer for Silent Hill: Revelation 3D


Jul 27
// Jim Sterling
Here's the theatrical trailer for the sequel to 2006's Silent Hill movie adaptation, Silent Hill Revelation 3D. You need the "3D" in the title so that you know you'll be treated to slow-motion shots of things flying near the...
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The DTOID Show: CodBlops, Deus Ex Movie & Arkham Prequel


Jul 11
// Max Scoville
Hey guys, here's today's Destructoid Show! The big news is a new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, because it's about how poor people are evil and will steal your robot helicopters. But it's okay because Trent Reznor's ...
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Writers of Saw working on God of War screenplay


Jul 11
// Allistair Pinsof
Hollywood isn't done abusing videogames yet, it seems. The long dormant God of War film adaptation is getting renewed thanks to Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, writers of the four latest Saw films and a draft for Guillermo...
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Deus Ex being turned into a movie


Jul 10
// Jim Sterling
Yep, it had to happen. The reactionary pit of creative bankruptcy that is Hollywood has its sights trained on Deus Ex, the latest videogame primed to be adapted by moviemakers who have no ideas of their own. CBS Films has acq...
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Fassbender starring in/producing Assassin's Creed movie


Jul 09
// Jim Sterling
Renowned actor and human/shark hybrid Michael Fassbender is attached to produce the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie. Not only that, he'll also take the "lead" role as time-simulating killer-in-training Desmond Miles.  It...
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Carmen Sandiego movie happening, Lopez may star


Jun 28
// Jim Sterling
Talk about random! It seems that Hollywood, ever starving for ideas, has its eyes on a certain red-hatted thief who hasn't been relevant in a long time. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is becoming a movie, and Jennifer...
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Rumor: Willem Dafoe to co-star in Beyond: Two Souls


Jun 19
// Jim Sterling
According to the latest gossip, beloved actor Willem Dafoe is set to co-star in David Cage's next tribute to Hollywood, Beyond: Two Souls. Now sit back and imagine that man's face rendered with Quantic Dream's uncanny valley ...

Generation Xbox and the convergence of games and film

Jun 16 // Tony Ponce
The seeds of convergence were sown back when licensed games were first explored, such as with Superman for the Atari 2600. Though based on hot properties, those games were too rudimentary to offer any compelling connection to the source material. Other licensed games were made, notably Raiders of the Lost Ark for its sheer scope and ambition, and though they didn't all hit it big, they sold enough for licensed games to be a seen as a valuable revenue stream. Unfortunately, movie studios at the time only saw games based on their properties as another entry on their list of cross-promotional materials like clothing, action figures, and lunchboxes. Few cared about the quality of the games themselves, caring only about having a product to sell. Although great strides have been made since then, you'd probably agree that licensing still carries a heavy stigma. One Hollywood figure who actually does care about games is Steven Spielberg. He has long held a fascination towards videogames -- the man loved classic LucasArts adventure games and would frequently call up Ron Gilbert personally for walkthrough tips! Hoping to leave his stamp on the industry, Spielberg co-founded DreamWorks Interactive (now known as Danger Close Games), where his greatest contribution was penning the story for the first entry in the long-running Medal of Honor series. On the technical side, the advent of 3D graphics offered the kind of immersion that games seemed to be lacking, and the strides made in that department were felt not only in gaming but in Hollywood and television as well. Acclaim Entertainment's groundbreaking motion capture technology led to the tech featured in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, which in turn influenced James Cameron when he was conducting research for Avatar. And remember LazyTown, that kids' show with the catchy Eurodance songs? Apparently, the backgrounds were generated using the Unreal engine! Who knew? That's but a taste of Generation Xbox, which goes into exhaustive detail about the rise and fall of FMV titles, how movies like The Matrix, 300, and Inception are structured and paced in a manner similar to typical game progression, and the persistent fear among Hollywood execs that games are poised to surpass the film industry any day now. It's all eye-opening, regardless of how knowledgeable you may think you are on a specific topic. If there's one fault I must level at the book, it's that Russell seems to be of the mind that games have been lost until the current era, in which software like Uncharted and Heavy Rain almost completely erase the boundaries between movies and games. He believes that this deep level of convergence is what's finally turning ours into a respectable storytelling medium. My opinion is that games can tell wonderful narratives without having to approximate techniques used in film and have been doing so for decades. Of course, I could just be misinterpreting his tone. That's a minor quibble, though. If you want to read about how Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo worked through a crate of Scotch to stay sane during the filming of the Super Mario Bros. movie, Generation Xbox is a mere $14.99 on Amazon. It's pretty damn good!
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A couple months back, Wired offered readers some insight into Microsoft's failure to get a Halo movie off the ground. The original article was an excerpt from Generation Xbox: How Video Games Invaded Hollywood, by Total Film ...

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Twisted Metal movie being made by Crank co-director


Feb 15
// Tony Ponce
Crank and Crank: High Voltage were fun but extremely dumb movies. Gamer starring Gerard "Leonidas" Butler and Michael "Dexter" Hall was pretty much garbage with small glimmers of joy here and there. And for some reason, I'm r...
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I came this close to interviewing the creators of Indie Game: The Movie James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, alongside a couple of the subjects of the film, Tommy Refenes and Edmund McMillen of Team Meat. I was nervous and ...

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Silent Hill based on Kindergarten Cop, CONFIRMED!


Jan 11
// Tony Ponce
My God! Why didn't we catch this sooner? It's so obvious! The clues were right there the whole time! Konami was trying to keep the dirty truth a secret, but it didn't do a good enough job. Through the power of JOURNALISM, use...
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New Resi film retitled as Re5ident Evil: Retribution


Jan 11
// Maurice Tan
In its divine wisdom, Screen Gems has decided that it's not enough to give the world yet another Resident Evil movie by Paul W.S. Anderson, but that we would all be better off with a title that captures the true dynamic essen...
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Christina Hendricks, Sean Faris star in NFS: The Run


Oct 18
// Dale North
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Sean Faris (Vampire Diaries) will star in the upcoming EA racing game Need for Speed The Run. Hendricks plays Joan Harris in the hit AMC drama Mad Men, and now she makes her videogame de...
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Rovio excitedly details the Angry Birds movie


Oct 04
// Jordan Devore
Speaking with IGN, Rovio's David Maisel (previously of Marvel Studios) has given an update on where the Angry Birds film is at, and what to expect from it. Yeah, I know you all are dying to hear more about the movie. Patience...
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The Room director and star of upcoming game series The Tommy Wi-Show, Tommy Wiseau, has stated that he'd "absolutely" like to direct a film based on a videogame property. During our exclusive interview with him on Podtoid, he...

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Uwe Boll returns with another baffling videogame movie


Sep 05
// David Rayfield
Remember Zombie Massacre for the Amiga? No? Well, that's fine because Uwe Boll does. He remembers it so fondly, he is adding it to the long, long, list of games he believes would translate into movies. The 1998 Doom clone is ...
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The Gremlins third-person shooter you'll never play


Aug 19
// Nick Chester
Someone must have fed the devs at Neko Entertainment after midnight and things went crazy, because a Gremlins game the studio was working on never saw the light of day. Yes, I'm talking about a game based off the 80s Gr...
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Guillermo del Toro dishes out more info on inSANE


Aug 15
// Jordan Devore
With inSANE still years away, we've been fortunate to get as much information as we have. Guillermo del Toro has once again given a progress update on the project, this time to MTV Multiplayer. "We had to build a sandbox, so ...
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Filmmaker James Gunn tapped for Lollipop Chainsaw


Aug 01
// Nick Chester
[Update: James Gunn has clarified his role a bit, and it appears he was on board with the game from its inception. "I was involved with crafting the story, and helping to create the characters, and writing the dialogue," he w...
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Hollywood folks voicing upcoming Spider-Man, X-Men games


Jul 18
// Nick Chester
Activision has reached beyond the typical videogame voice actor talent pool and right into Hollywood for its upcoming Marvel Comics titles. Val Kilmer is set to voice baddie Walker Sloan in Spider-Man: Edge of Time, with Laur...
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Transformers producer to co-develop Space Invaders film


Jul 10
// Tony Ponce
A big-screen adaptation of-- WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!? 'Space Invaders' Video Game Headed to Big Screen (Exclusive) [The Hollywood Reporter]
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E3: Spielberg and Jackson talk Tintin: The Game


Jun 06
// Jonathan Holmes
From the sounds of their on-video speech at Ubisoft's press conference, Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg seem to have a lot of respect and enthusiasm for gaming in general, and they seem to really believe that Tintin: The G...
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Call of Duty: Elite members get access to web TV series


Jun 01
// Jordan Devore
Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said to The Guardian that Call of Duty: Elite subscribers will have exclusive access to "linear video content" created by "some top Hollywood talent." Unsure what that means? You're no...
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My Fair Brady's Adrianne Curry teams with Namco for E3


May 24
// Jonathan Holmes
Namco-Bandai has some pretty big games to show at E3 2011 (which is just a few weeks away, June 7th to June 11th). Dark Souls, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur V, and new titles from the Tales, Ace Combat, Ridge Racer, ...
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Milla Jovovich tweets about the new Resident Evil movie


May 14
// Jonathan Holmes
For you, the people of Destructoid, I have done a great service. I have waded through Milla Jovovich's Twitter feed and found some information about the next Resident Evil movie. It wasn't all bad. Milla's pretty funny, and s...
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Hollywood talent, Avatar tech to bring Hitman to life


May 12
// Nick Chester
Killing people as Agent 47 is about to get really real. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that IO Interactive is using performance capture of Hollywood actors to bring the upcoming Hitman: Absolution to life. Confirmed are ...

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