Anil Ambani, Brad Pitt in deal to produce film

Sunday, Nov 22, 2009

First it was books, then comics and now it is video games, leaving you wondering where movie mavericks will draw their inspiration from
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Anil Ambani’s Reliance Big Entertainment and Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment have joined forces with gaming leader Capcom to develop a feature film based on the game Dark Void. It follows a trend. Tomb Raider was a game adapted into a feature with Angelina Jolie and Resident Evil first became popular as a game before it was made into a film.

Pitt’s production company, under its creative partnership with Ambani’s entertainment wing, and Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, have come to terms on the film rights relating to Dark Void. The theatrical version of Dark Void is being developed as a sci-fi action franchise and may potentially star Pitt himself, though there is no confirmation on who the leading man ultimately will be.

Capcom will release Dark Void in Xbox 360 video game format and entertainment system from Microsoft PLAYSTATION-3 computer entertainment system and PC in North America on January 2010.

Dark Void is an adrenaline-fuelled blend of aerial and groundpounding combat which centres on Will, a pilot who crashlands in the Bermuda Triangle following a routine mission. Will wakes up to find himself in The Void, an alternate world resembling a primitive earth where aliens with superior technology are planning to take over civilisation. Together with a faction of humans who have disappeared into the Void, Will takes on the alien race using their own advanced technology to defeat them and keep order in the civilised world.

Reliance BIG Entertainment’s chairman Amit Khanna said, “Our creative partnership with Plan B has led to this agreement to develop Dark Void motion picture along with Capcom. We look forward to future projects from them.’’“Dark Void was developed with a wide-screen mentality, a world full of adventure presented in cinematic scope and scale,’’ Capcom Entertainment senior vice-president, licensing, Germaine Gioia said, “Plan B are as excited about bringing Dark Void to life in cinemas as Capcom is to bring the interactive experience to home theatres,’’ she added.

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