Is it just me, or does it seem like video games are making for popular movie adaptations? Well, here comes another one.
Fans of the Dynasty Warriors franchise in all its hack-and-slash glory will be happy to know there is a new live-action movie coming to the big screen courtesy of China 3D Digital Entertainment Limited. And it comes with a recently-released trailer to boot.
After watching the trailer, it’s clear executives spared no expense creating a film which captures the nature of the franchise. It may be too early to tell, but if we know anything about the hardcore battle games and their deep storylines, there will certainly be moments of “Oh, I didn’t see that coming!”
Creators of the film also didn’t seem to stray from the exaggerated effects and iconic presence of lightning, which signifies the true beginnings of a battle. C’mon, you know it, I know it, the lightning was a must-have. Without it, how would we know when the good stuff was about to snap off?
Now, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the announcement comes with a catchm because if something is too good to be true, it usually is. Unfortunately, the movie is set for a Hong Kong release on April 29 and a release in China only days later. There has been no mention of the filming landing stateside at this time.
The movie will capture the events of the first two chapters of the series with a focus on the Anti-Dong Zhuo Coalition and the Yellow Turban Rebellion. Those with a keen eye will notice a young Cao Cao minus the facial hair we’ve come to know and love.
The trailer above is not the first trailer to be released. The original trailer debuted in 2018 with the launch planned for 2019 in China. While unfortunate, spending more time on a film adaptation for the likes of such a storied franchise sits fine with me. And if 2020 gave them more time to sharpen the edges of the live-action movie, well, that’s okay, too.
Regardless of the news, I for one hope to catch the film as soon as possible, as the Dynasty Warriors franchise rests very near and dear to my heart. Here’s to hoping a Western release happens sooner rather than later.