As online sensation "Five Nights at Freddy's" prepares to become a horror movie, it joins a number of other video game alumni including "Resident Evil," "Ao Oni," "Alone in the Dark" and "Silent Hill."
Five Nights at Freddy's (TBC)
Producers: Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg
Based on: Five Nights at Freddy's franchise (2014-), Android, iOS, Windows PC
The third most-viewed game franchise on YouTube for February 2015 (NewZoo / Octoly), the "Five Nights" series lands players inside a deserted fast food restaurant whose rabid mechanical mascots come alive at night; rapid production means that there are already three games on the market. Announced on April 7, its three producers have been working together on a new adaptation of Stephen King's "It"; Lee has experience on several horrors including the "Grudge" movies.
Resident Evil franchise (2002-)
Directors: Paul W. S. Anderson, others
Starring: Milla Jovovich
Based on: Resident Evil franchise (1996-), multiple platforms incl. 360, GameCube, PS1, PS2, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PC, XBO
With Anderson directing the first, fourth, fifth, and mid-2015 sixth in the series, action heroine Milla Jovovich offers continuity across the entire run. Cast members returning for upcoming "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" include Michelle Rodriguez of the "Fast and Furious" films, Wentworth Miller, Li Bingbing, Colin Salmon and Megan Charpentier. Not a hit with critics but the series made $915m in cinemas, nearly four times its total budget, thanks in part to films four and five embracing 3D and IMAX formats.
Ao Oni (2014)
Director: Daisuke Kobayashi
Starring: Anna Iriyama, Kenta Suga, Shô Jinnai, Seiya
Based on: Ao Oni (2008-), Windows PC
The tense, frantic "Ao Oni" saw four friends locked inside an abandoned mansion, pursued by a grotesque blue demon, and became a cult success among horror fans. Japanese idol Anna Iriyama made her film debut with the 2014 adaptation, as did director Daisuke Kobayashi; their efforts were recognized with a nomination at the Portuguese fantasy film award Fantasporto.
Alone in the Dark (2005)
Director: Uwe Boll
Starring: Christian Slater, Tara Reid, Stephen Dorff
Based on: Dungeon Siege games (2002-), multiple platforms incl. 360, iOS, PC, PS1, PS2, PS3, Wii
Not well received but director Uwe Boll has since gained a reputation for prudent financing initiatives, using tax breaks to his films' advantage, and attracting recognized actors despite a trend towards poorly received end-products. He also tackled "House of the Dead," "BloodRayne" (with Kristanna Loken) and three "In The Name of the King" films (Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Dominic Purcell), while Frenchman Christophe Gans took on another genre standard in "Silent Hill".