As we prepared to put this awful 2020 behind us, we also looked forward to 2021. And some of us look forward to the 2021 movies the most. However, I’m all about projects that combine movies and video games. So, I’ll be focusing on them for the most part here. The video game adaptations that are being released in 2021.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, most of them are getting the streaming platform treatment. However, some of them are expected to have a theatrical release.
Monster Hunter To Precede The 2021 Movies
Ah, Monster Hunter. You’ve had a long and excruciating journey didn’t you? Where to even begin with Monster Hunter I ask of you? Well, the good news is that it finally premiered last month (On Christmas Eve no less). However, the bad news is that it’s not that good. Stay tuned for my detailed opinion on the movie. And it stirred a lot of controversy in China even too, but let’s not go there. But regardless of everything, after months and months of delays, I for one was excited about Monster Hunter. Why? Because it has Ron Perlman and Josh Helman in the cast, of course. Just to name a few positive things.
And you know what else is positive? The fact that we have plenty of great Monster Hunter games here at IndieGala. And of course, many of them are on sale right now, so make sure to hurry up. They won’t be for long that’s for sure.
Watch Out For Free Guy
And for those of you who are not fans of Capcom’s IPs, there’s always Free Guy. An action-comedy with Ryan Reynolds in the lead role. It has the video game theme of course, but it’s not a strict video game adaptation. And yes, I’m actually looking forward to this one. With an extensive open-world video game setting, it has Ryan in the lead and Taika Waititi in the supporting cast. What’s not to like about that? However, I’m here about them. The video game adaptations that will hopefully arrive in 2021. Indeed. We’re saying goodbye to this awful year, and expecting the next one with enthusiasm and hope. Here’s to a better new year.
Movies 2021: Which Movies To Expect?
Well, I’ve selected 3 great feature-length movies that are sure to catch your attention in 2021. Some of them are brand new projects, while some of them are reboots. And yes, some of them will bring back so much nostalgia, that you’ll get the notion to dust off some of the classics in the collection. Let’s begin, shall we?
I’m sure you’ve all seen the ’90s „classic“ but the 2021 movie is something different. Serving as a reboot to the Mortal Kombat film series and the third installment overall, the 2021 movie is a new hope. Well, at least to the fans of the franchise who were feeling let down after Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Originally scheduled for 2020 release, Mortal Kombat will see the light of the day in January 2021. It has Jessica McNamee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Ludi Lin in the roles and Simon McQuoid behind the camera. As part of its plans for all of its 2021 films, Warner Bros. will also stream the film simultaneously on the HBO Max service for a period of one month. After which the film will be removed until the normal home media release schedule period.
Fun fact: This will be the first live-action Mortal Kombat movie to get an R rating and will feature Fatalities for the first time and the second Mortal Kombat movie to get an R rating after the animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge (2020).
Speaking of a long journey to the premiere date. Forget about Mortal Kombat. The video game adaptation of Uncharted was in development since 2008. And originally, Mark Whalberg was supposed to play Nate Drake. However, in 2021, Mark will just have to settle for the role of Victor Sullivan. And that’s not it. Aside from the presence of Tom and Mark, Antonio Banderas is in the movie as well. So is Sophia Taylor Ali, while Dexter Fletcher is the designated director for Uncharted.
And much like many of the movies that had their productions in 2020, the production of Uncharted was a difficult one as well. The shooting was delayed, and much of the cast got infected with COVID-19. Including Banderas. But the movie adaptation’s story is in fact a prequel to the games, according to IMDB. And according to an interview for IGN, Mark signed up for only one movie. Don’t expect to see him in the sequel.
Fun fact: I actually sent an interview inquiry to Amy Hennig this summer, but it remains unanswered to this day. I suppose my email will not get to her after all. But hey, at least I tried.
And I’m back at the good old reboots. Now, I’ve written extensively about this reboot. I’ve even analyzed some of the actors that are supposed to star in the Resident Evil reboot. (Hannah John-Kamen respectively). But there’s a decent cast in this movie, I must admit. Kaya Scodelario got the role of Claire Redfield, while Robbie Amell got the role of Chris Redfield. Furthermore, Tom Hopper, Neal McDonough are also in the cast. Set in 1998, the film will divulge the secrets of the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City. While serving as an origin story to the first game of course. Resident Evil is scheduled to be theatrically released in 2021, but the exact date is still a mystery at this point.
Fun fact: This will be Hannah John-Kamen’s second movie based video game after Tomb Raider (2018). And if you think that’s impressive, check out Neal’s history. Resident Revil will be Neal McDonough’s fifth movie-based video game. After Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009), Company of Heroes (2013), Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014) and Sonic the Hedgehog (2020). Cool right?
Which Of These 2021 Movies Are You Most Excited About?
Mortal Kombat? Uncharted? Or perhaps, the TV shows are more your cup of tea? Are you looking forward to the second season of The Witcher? I know I am. Let us know in the comment section.