Adaptation is the Name of the Game

There are diverse reasons why a movie grabs the attention of an audience or why it sputters in the theaters. Each movie endeavor is a complex mix of story ideas, casting, narrative, writing, cinematography, musical score, advertising, and other intangibles. If one element does not work, the success of the entire movie is at risk. Is it any wonder that studios look to produce movies with a built-in fan base? This is why studios are more likely to fund remakes or sequels—and why they search out best-selling novels, popular comic series, and MMO, RPG, and FPS games to adapt. * Yet movies developed from games tend to provide mixed results among fans. Some are successful—like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider—and some fade away into obscurity. There are two movies in development that gamers will instantly recognize: Borderlands and Warcraft: Fans will have the opportunity to judge for themselves if the massive success of these games will be duplicated on the big screen.

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