Hey! What are your thoughts on video game movies? I was born in '86 so basically grew up in the world of Nintendo and cartoons, Pokémon...
I haven't watched SONIC yet and don't know if I'll rush to it(hey oh!), but what's your take on why video game movies don't end up coming out great? Personally I think it's a fear to commit to the source material. DETECTIVE PIKACHU essentially worked because it embraced the world of the video games as realistically as it could. Then you have SUPER MARIO BROTHERS which, because of an insane directing team fighting against actors and producers, existed in some brand new landscape that tried to explain why the video games have plumbers fighting dinosaur-like creatures and well, obviously it didn't work (amazing set design, though). I thought WARCRAFT was decent, the issue clearly being that the studio forced Duncan Jones to cut down on the runtime, making several scenes feel disconnected and arcs cheated. I bet the original cut was over three hours and a lot better (maybe).
So as a screenwriter, what video game do you think you could adapt into a movie that works? I'm a big fan of the FINAL FANTASY series, but how do you take a 40-60 hour game and turn it into 90-120 minutes that still tells a full story, satisfies fans of the series, and brings in a new audience? Or would you pick something simpler like PONG (could be fun, building out a weird tournament style film around it a la BALLS OF FURY)?
I think it's an interesting challenge, and we might be entering a larger world of these adaptations if stuff like DETECTIVE PIKACHU and SONIC THE HEDGEHOG continue to do decent numbers.