With the statistics data showing more and more people spending their time on video games, it’s not surprising that TV audience numbers are plunging. Movies are doing a little bit better than TV, but I’m pretty sure Hollywood moviemakers don’t feel safe. Looks like we are witnessing an interesting shift in people’s preferences.
A couple years back they used to release pretty successful videogames based on movies. Examples: Medal of Honor (3 more series released after the first one’s success), Matrix, Lord of the Rings. Nowadays exactly opposite is happening: Doom, Hitman, Max Payne – all of these are movies based on the same-titled video games.
Hitman, would be the great example illustrating this trend. It’s a complex game that requires thinking, strategy and precision. Game had a great success and currently has four series (first one released in 2000)
Released in 2007, the Hitman film disappointed viewers. Critics almost universally panned the movie. Hitman has received a Rotten rating of 15% on the Rotten Tomatoes (If the positive reviews are less than 60%, then the film is considered “rotten”). People don’t want to passively watch anymore.
I don’t think we will see a sequel of the movie. I also doubt somebody will ever make the World of Warcraft or Grand Theft Auto film…