Game over or game on: Video game film adaptations
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'Wing Commander'( Steve Braun / 20th Century Fox / July 9, 2012 )
"Wing Commander" (1999)
Domestic box office: $11,578,059
Why the game succeeded: Advanced computer graphics and a more complex storyline than was common for games of its era made the original Wing Commander space flight simulator into a breakthrough on PCs.
The movie? Game over: Game fans aren't as demanding in their dialogue and character development as movie fans, so even though the game's original creator directed the film, the leap between the monitor and the big screen yawned as wide as space itself.