Video games still haven't found a firm foothold in the glamorous world of Hollywood. There are very few successful big screen adaptations, though a few different studios certainly tried to correct that this year. Angry Birds did fairly well with the family crowd, pulling in $107 million domestically and $345.7 worldwide. Warcraft landed in the states with a loud thud, only eking out a mere $47.2 million in the states against a reported $160 million budget. Though it faired better overseas earning $385.8 million, a lot of which came from China. Perhaps that's why Bethesda Game Studios is so hesitant to bring its more popular titles to a multiplex near you. Though, in a recent interview, marketing executive Peter Hines did say the company would make an exception for one well-known director.
The company's long-running The Elder Scrolls video game is a very popular, immersive, open-world action-adventure fantasy franchise that sounds like it would be perfect for a big budget Hollywood adaptation. But there's only one way it'll ever happen. And that's if Peter Jackson suddenly decides he wants to direct the movie. Says Peter Hines about the prospect of turning The Elder Scrolls into a movie.
"I think if Peter Jackson turned up at [Bethesda game director Todd Howard]'s office and said, 'I want to do Elder Scrolls,' well that would be a pretty serious conversation you would have to listen to. But I think Peter is probably pretty busy. So I don't see us anytime soon looking at movies. And if you look at our board of directors, we have Hollywood heavyweights like Jerry Bruckheimer, Leslie Moonves and Harry Sloan, so it's not like we don't know where to go if we want to get a film or TV show made. It's more about, "is this something we really want to do? What are we getting out of it? What kind of distraction is it going to create?"
Going on some ten-plus years now, it doesn't sound like fans are any closer to getting an Elder Scrolls movie than they were when the video game first appeared. Bethesda has been at the top of the fantasy RPG market since 2002, when they made the transition to fully integrated free-form design with the release of Morrowind. And they have a number of titles that would be suited for the big screen. Though, in Finder's interview with Peter Hines, its quite apparent that they have no film plans for any of their titles.
After directing The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies over the course of the last two decades, it's highly doubtful that Peter Jackson would want to embark on yet another massive epic, at least not the kind that The Elder Scrolls movie would turn out to be. And after Warcraft's poor reception in the States, fantasy adventure movies as a whole might not be at the top of any studio's todo list anytime soon. The next big video game getting the Hollywood treatment is Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed, which arrives around Christmas time, is directed by Justin Kurzel, and stars Michael Fassbender. Ubisoft is already predicting that the movie won't be any kind of substantial box office hit, so expectations are low that it will rejuvenate the video game adaptation playing field.
Peter Jackson hasn't officially announced his next project yet, with his last movie being the final chapter in The Hobbit trilogy, 2014's Battle of the Five Armies. He is planning a top secret project with Steven Spielberg, which hasn't been officially announced. And he still plans on directing Tin Tin 2, which doesn't have an official start date. It's very doubtful that we'll ever see an Elder Scrolls movie come from the man, but stranger things have happened. Though, it sounds like we may never see an Elder Scrolls movie at all.