It seems like every video game franchise is getting a film adaptation these days, but one popular game you probably won’t see on the big screen anytime soon is Fortnite, according to Epic Games’ chief creative officer Donald Mustard.
In an interview with Collider, Mustard said the company was not “actively working on” a Fortnite movie at the moment, but then explained that a future adaptation is still a possibility:
“To me, I wanna do stuff that always just feels authentic and is a great story,” he said. “And so, it’s not something we’re actively working on right now. I’m not gonna say it would never happen. In fact, I mean, I know exactly how I would do the Fortnite whatever. Exactly. I know exactly the story I’d want to, but it’s not the focus right now. I don’t have time.”
Mustard then added that Epic Games has a relationship with production company AGBO via investment, suggesting an adaptation might happen via that connection one day. But he also noted that given Fortnite’s success, he wouldn’t exactly have to work hard to get one greenlit. “Oh yeah, a Fortnite movie gets greenlit by any studio in a second. It’s just there’s other stuff we’re working on right now.”
The popularity of video game film adaptations has reached a fever pitch lately thanks to the Super Mario Bros. Movie, with other films like Sonic the Hedgehog netting a successful sequel and then some, and plenty more game IP including Pokemon, Street Fighter, Minecraft, and so many more in the cards. It feels like only a matter of time before the ever-popular Fortnite caves and joins them in theatres.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.