Jack Black, one of the stars of the recently released Super Mario Bros. movie, shared that he thinks Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption should be adapted into a movie. Given that several game adaptations have hit both the big and small screens over the past few years, Black may speak out loud on the minds of many Red Dead Redemption fans.
The number of film and TV companies trying to make game adaptations popular in mainstream media has certainly increased over the years. The advent of video-on-demand subscription platforms such as Netflix may help these adaptations reach wider audiences. This explains the positive reception of animated series like Netflix’s Castlevania and Arcane or HBO’s live-action The Last of Us. Now that people seem to be more accepting of the type of story that video games have always been, it’s no surprise that actors want to adapt their favorite games into movies or TV shows.
In a recent Super Mario Bros. movie interview, Black shared his thoughts on adapting the video game into a movie or TV series. Black believes that the film and television industry will continue to look to gaming as a reference for future projects because of the way the industry evolves. The actor said he’s a fan of adaptations, especially when they’re “done right.” Additionally, he said he found HBO’s The Last of Us to be “fantastic,” and that he thinks there are more video game stories to be explored, especially the Red Dead Redemption franchise.
Many fans will likely agree with Black’s statement about the Red Dead Redemption franchise. These video games feature a variety of interesting characters, immersive gameplay, and engaging storylines, making them widely recognized and loved in the gaming community. What’s more, both games won awards and positive critical acclaim upon launch, showing just how genuinely crafted they were. Black echoed the sentiment in an interview, saying that he thinks Red Dead Redemption has the same level of storyline as The Last of Us, if not better.
As one of the few actors who has openly expressed his love for games, Black may be a staunch advocate of adapting video games into mainstream media. Hopefully, Red Dead Redemption fans will also have their voices heard, as this could actually lead to the series being made into a movie or TV show in the future.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.