For years, we’ve seen popular films turned into video games, so it was only natural that the opposite would eventually happen. While there has been some game to movie/tv releases sprinkled in over the decades, the past few years have seen an increased spike in classic games making their way onto both the big and small screens.
However, it hasn’t always exactly been smooth sailing. There have been some criticisms over the years of many adaptations, so here's a closer look at some of the struggles these adaptations have had in the past and what we can expect from them in the future.
One of the earliest video game to movie adaptations was Super Mario Bros., which hit the big screen in 1993. The film starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as the famed Mario Brothers and was based on the video game series up to that point.
All in all, the movie received negative reviews from critics (a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes). It didn’t even come close to breaking even at the box office (the budget was roughly $42-48 million and only grossed $20.9 million). Why did the film perform so poorly despite the Super Mario games’ major success over the years?