Before the coronavirus pandemic forced all major movie theaters to temporarily close their doors, Paramount Pictures released Sonic The Hedgehog. The film’s overwhelming success helped redefine live-action video game adaptations and other movie studios began to notice. As first reported by Geeks WorldWide, Legendary Pictures is actively developing live-action film adaptations of the wildly popular Sims video game franchise.
Per the initial report, two films based on the property are in the works. The first is a live-action film based on the city-building video game series SimCity. Created by Will Wright, SimCity originally released in 1989. The game spawned several spinoffs and has spread across every major gaming platform. The screenplay will reportedly be written by newcomer Mike Rosillio. Moreover, the report describes the movie as “a comedic version of a Roland Emmerich-esuqe disaster movie inside the world of SimCity”. Legendary’s Senior Vice President of Development Ali Mendes and Terminator Salvation John Silk will oversee the film’s ongoing development.
Additionally, casting information points to a live-action adaptation the popular SimCity spinoff of The Sims. While no actors are in the running to star in the film at this time, they will apparently be tasked with playing dual roles. The film will apparently center on a female lead named Katie and her trusty sidekick named Cliff.
Video game fans have long been the victims of poorly received adaptations. However, with recently released films like Detective Pikachu and the clever direction of the Jumanji franchise, fans are more open to the idea of seeing their favorite games on the big screen. Ryan Reynolds will star in the video game-based film Free Guy later this year as well as star in a Dragon’s Lair film for Netflix.
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