People don't want video game movies - survey

A survey by the Hollywood Reporter has found people don't want more video game movies.
The Super Mario Bros movie was released in 1993 and Sonic the Hedgehog was released in 2020. Photo credit: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution / Paramount Pictures / Newshub.

Live-action adaptations of video games are not wanted by the majority of movie-going audiences, according to a new survey.

Less than 50 percent of respondents want another Super Mario Bros - and that is the game movie that is more desirable than any other, according to the research.

The Hollywood Reporter's survey results come as Sonic the Hedgehog remains in cinemas after scoring the highest box office opening of any video game movie ever. 

Other games which ranked highly in the list include Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Grand Theft Auto - but each of those failed to score interest in even 40 percent of respondents.

The games in the survey that people least want to see made into movies are Starcraft, Pong, Spyro and Metroid.

The poll was conducted in February among 2200 US adults.

Films based on games started to become popular in the 1990s, with the likes of Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Super Mario Bros.

However, they were generally panned by critics and audiences alike, and box office flops, which led to people often using the term: 'the video game movie curse'.

People don't want any more live action films based on video games, according to a The Hollywood Reporter poll.
Photo credit: The Hollywood Reporter

Over the last two decades, many more video game movies have been released, including the likes of the Resident Evil series, Doom, Hitman, Need for Speed, Silent Hill, Warcraft, Tomb Raider, Rampage and House of the Dead.

The Witcher has proven a hit for Netflix and there's a Halo series on the way at US network Showtime, after Sir Peter Jackson walked away from making a Halo movie.

Horror filmmaker Eli Roth is also working on a Borderlands film.

Despite audience apathy, it does appear the tide is turning.

Sonic the Hedgehog is credited with breaking the video game movie curse, and 2019's Detective Pikachu raked in US$433 million internationally.

So whether you like it or not, expect more movies based on games - maybe even another Super Mario Bros.

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