Jack Black, whose most recent video game related work includes voicing Mario’s nefarious, reptilian nemesis in the already record-setting The Super Mario Bros. Movie, thinks that storytelling from the gaming world is just getting started. And he thinks Red Dead Redemption, the epic, wild western oriented, mature-themed action adventure game from the makers of Grand Theft Auto and Midnight Club should be next.
The 53-year-old Black (Kung-Fu Panda, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) first brought up the recent success of HBO’s The Last of Us, citing the series’ authenticity and faithfulness to the video game series as crucial elements of the show’s success.
“I’m a fan of adaptations, when done right,” Black said in an interview with BBC. “The Last of Us was fantastic. And what’s crazy is how loyal it is to the original source material. It’s basically all from the game with just a couple of tweaks. It’s going to win all the awards. They used the video game almost like a storyboard and I was like, ‘Whoa, this looks just the same.'”
Black then added that in the future video game adaptations are going to become increasingly more important and well-established as the gaming industry itself continues to grow and more and more well-crafted video game adaptations are converted into television and film properties.
“In the future, film and television are going to keep going towards using the stories told in video games because that market seems to be growing and growing exponentially,” Black added.
Black also added that a Red Dead Redemption film could be even better than HBO’s The Last of Us because the former has “an even better story” than the latter.
“And there are some great games that have yet to be explored in television or film,” Black continued. “Maybe there’s going to be a Red Dead Redemption movie? There should be, because I think that [has] just as good or [an] even better story than The Last of Us.”
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