Movie adaptations of video games are making a comeback with popular gaming franchises like Uncharted and Resident Evil have already gained movie and series adaptations, respectively.
Most games receiving adaptations are prevalent. Even non-gamers have likely heard the terms God of War and The Last of Us bandied about in conversation, both of which are in the process of gaining TV adaptations. However, Gravity Rush, the latest game to net a film deal according to an exclusive report from Deadline, isn’t nearly so well known.
Gravity Rush is a 2012 PlayStation Vita adventure game from Japan Studio’s Project Siren. The game centers around Kat, a woman suffering from amnesia who awakes in a floating city. Kat soon discovers her cat companion Dusty can alter how gravity affects her, thus aiding her in saving people and battling Nevi, monsters that spawn from Gravity storms.
According to Deadline, Anna Mastro director of 2017’s Runaway and 2020’s Secret Society of Second Born Royals, will direct the film with a script by Emily Jerome. Jerome is known for writing Panopticon’s script and working with Sony to adapt Among the Bros, journalist Max Marshall’s memoir.
Little else is known about the project thus far. However, Gravity Rush isn’t the only little-known title receiving a film adaptation. Movie adaptations of 1995’s Comix Zone and 1999’s rhythm action title, Space Channel 5, are also in the works.
From the Big Screen To The Gaming Console
While film and series adaptations of video games are becoming increasingly popular, several film franchises are also receiving game adaptations. EA is developing a single-player open-world Black Panther game based on the widely successful MCU film. Additionally, game publisher Nacon is working on Robocop: Rogue City, a first-person shooter, based on the popular 80’s film, as well as a yet unnamed Terminator game. Likewise, the Hogwarts Legacy, which takes place in the Harry Potter universe, is releasing in 2023. Taking place in the 1800s, the game will allow players to live out their Hogwarts fantasy.