Mario Goes Hollywood: A Collaborative Timeline

Dragonheart was never that good( was show some puerto rican channel back 90s) i think the so called Zelda boost was a SOD breaking
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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

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Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson
Produced By: Lawrence Kasanoff
Written By: Kevin Droney
Based On: Mortal Kombat by Midway Games

Cast

Robin Shou as Liu Kang
Bridgette Wilson as Sonya Blade
Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage
George Takei as Raiden
Ming-Na Wen as Kitana
Michael Jai White as Jax Briggs
Bryan Clark as Shao Kahn (Voice of Frank Welker)
Tony Jaa as Quan Chi
Brandon Lee as Sub-Zero
Chris Casamassa as Scorpion
Michelle Yeoh as Sindel
Kelly Hu as Mileena
Doug Jones as Baraka
Chris Morgan as Kabal (Voice of Kevin Michael Richardson)
Thuy Trang as Jade
Litefoot as Nightwolf
Chris Conrad as Kurtis Stryker

Release Date: November 21, 1998
Budget: $60 million
Box Office: $500 million​

So, what's changed from OTL? Well, the plot starts off the same with a battle between the main characters from the first movie against Shao Kahn's early attack forces before Raiden calls them back. He brings them to a safe place and informs them of Shao Kahn and his Outworld army and that to fight them, Earthrealm will need an army of its own. He sends the four off in pairs; Liu with Kitana and Sonya with Johnny. Liu and Kitana are able to recruit Kitana's friend Jade and a wandering shaman named Nightwolf before heading to the Lin Kuei temple to find the new Sub-Zero, the younger brother of Bi Han. At first, Sub-Zero attacks to avenge his brother. However, their plans are thwarted by an attack by Scorpion, resurrected by the Outworld sorcerer, Quan Chi. Scorpion manages to capture Kitana after a fight against Liu and Sub-Zero, but Sub-Zero pledges himself to aiding the Earthrealm army, believing that the resurrection of Scorpion means that Quan Chi has control over his older brother's soul. Sub-Zero is transported to Raiden's base, Liu being sent on his own to rescue Kitana.

Meanwhile, Sonya and Johnny manage to recruit Kurtis Stryker to the army (in exchange of an autograph from Cage) but when seeking out Sonya's partner Jax, they find themselves in an Outworld Prison in the midst of riot. During the right, they find Jax fighting against Black Dragon elite member Kabal. Johnny and Sonya are forced to fight off prisoners and guards alike to help Jax escape, but the three are thwarted in their exit by the warden of the prison, the Tarkartan warrior Baraka. Johnny fights and loses to Baraka, buying Sonya and Jax time to escape while he ends up getting stabbed through the chest. The remaining forces are gathered to attack Outworld, rescue Kitana and defeat Shao Kahn to push back his army.

Liu rescues Kitana, who heads off to find her mother, Sindel, in the hopes of freeing her from Shao's control. However, instead she ends up fighting a Tarkatan hybrid clone of herself, Mileena while Sindel evades her. Meanwhile, Jax and Sonya fight against Baraka, Sonya killing the Tarkatan in revenge for killing Johnny. Sub-Zero defeats Scorpion, learning his brother's soul was placed into Ermac before Scorpion returns to the Nettherrealm. The final major battle is between Liu Kang and Shao Kahn, the fight first going in Kahn's favor thanks to his raw brute strength. However, Liu Kang gains the second wind, gets the upper hand and sends Shao Kahn plummeting into a pit to the Netherrealm.

All is not well as Quan Chi escapes with Sindel, promising that this is not the end.

The film is the the big release of the 1998 November run, making twice of the original film's take and becoming the second highest-grossing worldwide release, just below Armageddon. The film still had the weakness of being heavy on fights and light on plot, but a more focused cast and the direction of Paul Anderson made a difference, helped by it building up to a potential sequel. The story would also continue in an anthology series Mortal Kombat: Chronicles on HBO, focusing on the minor characters such as Jade, Stryker, Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang) and others or showing events such as Jax and Kabal's capture by Baraka.

By the end of 1998, Annihilation was the clear winner for video game movies, followed by Rampage, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and trailing behind them all was Super Mario Bros. 4. Nintendo no longer has the position of the top dog of video game media as we draw closer to the New Millennium.
 
Gaming in 1998
Gaming in 1998

January Releases

Marvel Vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (Arcade)
Resident Evil 2 (PS1)
Panzer Dragoon Saga (Saturn)

February Releases

Xenogears (Ultra NES)
Gex: Enter the Gecko (PS1)
X-Men vs. Street Fighter: EX Edition (PS1)

March Releases

Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers (Arcade)
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (PS1)
The House of the Dead (Saturn)
The King of Fighters '97 (Saturn)
Tekken 3 (PS1)
Parasite Eve (PS1)
Blasto (Ultra NES)
StarCraft (Windows)

April Releases

Ultra Bomberman Hero (Ultra NES)

May Releases

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (Windows)
Unreal (Windows)

June Releases

Banjo-Kazooie (Ultra NES)

July Releases

WWF War Zone (PS1)
Heart of Darkness (PS1)
Star Ocean: The Second Story (Saturn)

August Releases

Pokemon Stadium (Ultra NES)
Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PS1)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six (Win)

September Releases

Metal Gear Solid (Ultra NES/PS1)
Spyro the Dragon (PS1)
Pokemon Yellow (Gameboy)
Suikoden (Saturn)
Dragon Quest Monsters (Pluto)
Body Harvest (Ultra NES)

October Releases

MediEvil (PS1)
Fallout 2 (Windows)
Grim Fandango (Windows)
Crash Bandicoot: Warped (PS1)

November Releases

Half-Life (Windows)
Tom Raider III (PS1/Windows)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Ultra NES)
Blood II: The Chosen (Windows)

December Releases

Thief: The Dark Project (Windows)
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (Windows)
Hey You, Pikachu! (Ultra NES)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (Gameboy Color)
Suikoden II (Saturn/PS1)
Mario Party (Ultra NES)
Pokemon Trading Card Game (Gameboy Color)
Baldur's Gate (Windows)
South Park (Ultra NES)
Sonic Adventure (Saturn)

So, because of Wikipedia's weird choice to change formats for 1998 only (though there may be other pages that do it,) I opted for a post of notable releases for each of the major consoles. We're not discontinuing the Saturn yet, so Sonic Adventure gets made for the Saturn. As you can imagine, there's probably some additions for Ocarina (the Water Temple is definitely fixed overall) and it's the big game for Nintendo in 1998, possibly making Link more the Nintendo mascot going forward coming off the successful movie trilogy and Mario 4's failure at the box office. Ganondorf in the game draws more heavily from Christopher Lambert's appearance and is detached from the Gerudo as a race and is more in line with the movie's version (in games, he's a disgraced knight of the Hylian army or a traitor with the full name Ganondorf Dragmire/Dragomir depending on the region.)

Oh yeah, and Metal Gear Solid goes to the Ultra NES, so how about that?
 
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Now on to Wing Commander. Who’s the director? And who’s the cast? And what company is making it?
Well Ryan, Wing Commander was directed by the games creator, Chris Roberts, written by Kevin Droney, and distributed by 20th century Fox. But for the most part, the game studio that made the games, Origin was in complete charge of the film's production. One thing I think should happen is to bring in as much of the game' cast (Malcom Mcdowell, Mark Hamill, and Dana Delaney) as possible.
 
Well Ryan, Wing Commander was directed by the games creator, Chris Roberts, written by Kevin Droney, and distributed by 20th century Fox. But for the most part, the game studio that made the games, Origin was in complete charge of the film's production. One thing I think should happen is to bring in as much of the game' cast (Malcom Mcdowell, Mark Hamill, and Dana Delaney) as possible.
Yeah I agree.
 
I also hope that Fox takes more of an effort to not only court Chris so that they can get a good VG film franchise going, but also so that they can make their own move into the video game industry properly. (OTL, their publishing arm would pick up Argonaut games to push their own Mario.)
 
So, here's some things of note with Wing Commander.

  1. Kevin Droney might not be on the writing side of things given that in OTL, he took the job at the expense of writing MK: Annihilation. ITTL, it's the other way around, so we may need a new writer.
  2. An executive producer will be provided, one of the things Chris Roberts lamented in OTL was not having one on board that could've told him the parts of the film that were distracting from the core story and needed to be cut.
  3. The Cast. We're in a rough position as Hollywood tends to favor the young as their leads while Wing Commander's original cast are wading into their early 40s at this point. But the cast we do have is... terrible for a sci-fi film. Like, who in the world thought Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard were ace starship pilots? Our options are either go with the original cast, age be damned or find more suitable young actors and recast the original actors in supporting roles.
  4. McDowell's doing the Fantasy Island reboot, so we sadly can't get him back. David Warner is a fine substitute, though.
  5. With a $60 million dollar budget, nailing the look of the ships and especially the Kilrathi (given that Roberts never liked the Kilrathi designs all that much, they're gonna get redesigned for the movie, but hopefully they won't look as bad as they did in OTL.)
 
So, here's some things of note with Wing Commander.

  1. Kevin Droney might not be on the writing side of things given that in OTL, he took the job at the expense of writing MK: Annihilation. ITTL, it's the other way around, so we may need a new writer.
  2. An executive producer will be provided, one of the things Chris Roberts lamented in OTL was not having one on board that could've told him the parts of the film that were distracting from the core story and needed to be cut.
  3. The Cast. We're in a rough position as Hollywood tends to favor the young as their leads while Wing Commander's original cast are wading into their early 40s at this point. But the cast we do have is... terrible for a sci-fi film. Like, who in the world thought Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard were ace starship pilots? Our options are either go with the original cast, age be damned or find more suitable young actors and recast the original actors in supporting roles.
  4. McDowell's doing the Fantasy Island reboot, so we sadly can't get him back. David Warner is a fine substitute, though.
  5. With a $60 million dollar budget, nailing the look of the ships and especially the Kilrathi (given that Roberts never liked the Kilrathi designs all that much, they're gonna get redesigned for the movie, but hopefully they won't look as bad as they did in OTL.)
Well for 2, that is a must.
As for 3, could i recommend Casper Van Diem? He's about 30 at this point and Starship Troopers has not completely destroyed his career.
 
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