Movies based on video games: where do we even begin? To say such projects don't have the best track record over the years is a whopper of an understatement - I only managed 20 minutes of Assassin's Creed when it popped up on Netflix, and the Tomb Raider movie sent me to sleep long before Lara 'became the Tomb Raider', or whatever the jist of that flick was. Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and more have leapt from gaming franchise to big-screen... Well, not flops exactly, but you're unlikely to find too many supporters of these silver-screen screw-ups.
In 2005, it was the DOOM series' turn to move from PC to multiplex, and the reception was bad. Starring Karl Urban and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, the Mars-set action affair riffed on plenty of DOOM lore, but unlike the video games it was based on, was terrifically boring. Yes, its first-person sequence, towards the end, was a neat easter egg of sorts; but with cardboard performances and a script so firmly on auto-pilot that it never found the landing strip, never mind stuck a landing, DOOM is amongst the worst game-to-movie adaptations we've ever been 'treated' to.
But, what's this? There's a NEW DOOM MOVIE in the works - and it's coming out this autumn/fall, no less. The first news of another DOOM film emerged back in April 2018, when cast member Nina Bergman tweeted that she was in Bulgaria, filming said project.
Then: silence. But now we have a new trailer for DOOM: Annihilation, and it looks superbly straight-to-video in quality. Which is entirely appropriate, given that it is, indeed, a straight-to-video project. Well, straight to streaming, or whatever. I'm old. I say video, still.
Bloody Disgusting has the lowdown on Annihilation - do not mix it up with the very good Natalie Portman-starring Annihilation that is on Netflix - and writes that the movie, produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, is a whole-new take on all things DOOM, and not a sequel to 2005's film.
The site, which premiered the movie's debut trailer, reports: "Annihilation follows a group of space marines as they respond to a distress call from a base on a Martian moon, only to discover it's been overrun by demonic creatures who threaten to create Hell on Earth." Yep, sounds suitably DOOM-y.
The very Aliens-y trailer, though, won't fill many with confidence that this DOOM will be better than the other DOOM. But, hell, surprises are a thing, and who knows, right? A dumb popcorn romp would be just fine here, given the budget and expectations for a cinema-missing release.
Annihilation's cast, on top of Bergman, features Amy Manson, Luke Allen-Gale and Dominic Mafham. It's executively produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and John Wells, who worked on Bumblebee and Animal Kingdom, respectively. It's written and directed by Tony Giglio, whose past credits include Soccer Dog: The Movie, SWAT: Under Siege, and Resident Evil: Afterlife. Loves a colon in his movie titles, does Tony.
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