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9 items from 2008

Universal Enter's 'Dante's Inferno'

3 November 2008 6:34 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Dante’s Inferno is one hot video game.  It must be considering Universal Pictures won a bidding battle for the unreleased Electronic Arts game according to Variety. The game, due out sometime in 2009, was optioned against a multi-million dollar purchase price, beating out Paramount, New Regency and MGM late last week.

Eric Newman and Marc Abraham of Strike Entertainment will produce the film version in conjunction with EA Entertainment.

While this was the first time EA sold movie rights to a game prior to release, it’s certainly not their first trip to Tinseltown. They have deals in place for The Sims at 20th- Century Fox and producer John Davis plus Mass Effect which is in development with producer Avi Arad. Universal and EA have danced before with Scott Z. Burns writing the adaptation of the Army of Two game.

Dante’s Inferno was written by Dante Alighieri in the »

- Robert Greenberger

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Universal Visiting the Nine Levels of Hell

3 November 2008 4:15 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Ok, I highly doubt that anyone has ever sat down to read Dante's Divine Comedy and thought, "Hey! This would make a great video game!" -- But I guess there have been worse places to get an idea. Variety reports that Universal has snapped up the film rights to an upcoming console game with the working title of Dante's Inferno.

Universal was the lucky winner after a bidding war erupted between major studios (including Warner Brothers, MGM, and Paramount) for the netherworld adventure. The project went to Universal for the low, low price of a seven-figure deal, and this is the first title Electronic Arts has sold this year that was not based on an popular existing game. This brings EA's total to three film deals this year, with the possibility of a Sims feature (which some of us might have tried to block out), and then the announcement of »

- Jessica Barnes

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Universal Enlists an 'Army of Two'

27 October 2008 5:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

That's it, I officially give up. Why does it seem like nobody really likes video game flicks, but Hollywood is determined to keep on making them? Well, I guess it's just another day in the movie business, and another game property has been snatched up for the big screen. Gaming giant Electronic Arts have just announced that Universal has purchased the film rights to their latest shooter hit, Army of Two.

The third person shooter centers on two mercenaries who, after earning their stripes, become embroiled in your run-of-the-mill global conspiracy. The game was a huge hit upon release back in March, and gamers loved that the story relied on the cooperation of our two heroes (good news if you normally get left behind and trapped in a corner while your partner sweeps out bad guys) and customizable weapons for maximum carnage.

Bourne Ultimatum scribe Scott Z. Burns has already »

- Jessica Barnes

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Whole Lot of Hollywood

24 October 2008 4:09 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

There's nothing like reading a butt ton of Hollywood news in the morning. Nothing, that is, save for the smell of napalm. Variety and The Hollywood Reporter had their workshop elves up late last night as a whole slew of news pours in today. Because we love you, we've summed up the bigger points to make it easier on you fine folks. Feel free to send us baked goods in return.

Steven Soderbergh will direct Cleo, a rock 'n' roll musical about the life of Cleopatra. Catherine Zeta Jones and Hugh Jackman are being courted to star as Cleopatra and Marc Antony respectively. Soderbergh and Zeta Jones have teamed up previously on Traffic, but this will be the director's first pairing with Jackman who will appear in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming musical epic Australia. An adaptation of Electronic Arts' videogame Army of Two is setting up at Universal Pictures with »

- Josh Wigler

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Ultimatum co-scribe to adapt Army Of Two for Universal

24 October 2008 7:59 AM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Scott Z. Burns, the co-writer of The Bourne Ultimatum, has been tapped by Universal pictures to write a screenplay for EA's Army of Two game. According to a quote in Variety today, Burns said he was picked by the studio specifically because he "wasn't a gamer" which appealed to the makers of thegame who aren't looking to just replicate the game play experience. The studio is apparently interested in fast tracking the flick into a 2009 production with EA taking a role in the overall production.

Army of two is a two-player (duh) action contest in which a pair of private military contractors fight their way through a web of intrigue. The fight through war, political turmoil, and a conspiracy so vast it threatens the entire world in a timeline spanning from 1993 to 2009.

From the sounds of it, Burns sees the potential to turn Army of Two into a buddy movie. »

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Universal Bringing EA's Army of Two To the Big Screen

23 October 2008 11:44 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Electronic Arts has partnered with Universal Pictures to produce an adaptation of the video game Army of Two. Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (of The Bourne Ultimatum) has been hired to write the adaptation with Scott Stuber (of The Break-Up, The Kingdom, Role Models) producing. Universal is fast-tracking the project and hopes to start production in 2009. In the game, players team up with a live or AI partner on two-man missions using two-man tactics to ultimately create an advantage that no enemy can withstand. The story focuses on the fictional story of two private military mercenaries "fight[ing] through war, political turmoil, and a conspiracy so vast it threatens the entire world" in a timeline spanning from 1993 to 2009. Burns explains that "because people experience the game in pairs, playing two guys who go against the world, Scott and I agreed this format presented an opportunity to make a great buddy »

- Alex Billington

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'Bourne 4' Gets a Writer

16 October 2008 8:45 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: Universal International The Bourne Identity was penned by Tony Gilroy and W. Blake Herron based on the series of novels penned by Robert Ludlum. From there Gilroy went on to write the script for The Bourne Supremacy and worked with Scott Z. Burns and George Nolfi on the screenplay for The Bourne Ultimatum based on his screen story. Now, Nolfi is getting to take control of things for Universal. Along with co-writing Ultimatum Nolfi also penned the script for The Sentinel and Ocean's Twelve. Considering none of the other films followed the Ludlum novels outside of Jason Bourne being a spy hit with a bout of severe amnesia it is no surprise the new film won't be based on a Ludlum title, but rather an original story. The fourth film in the series is a top priority for Universal reports Variety and director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon are already attached to star. »

- Brad Brevet

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Next 'Bourne' lands scribe

16 October 2008 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal has tapped scribe George Nolfi to pen the fourth installment of the studio's multimillion-dollar Jason Bourne franchise.

Nolfi co-wrote 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum" with Scott Z. Burns and the story's creator Tony Gilroy, which brought in $443 million at the boxoffice worldwide and is one of the studio's top-grossing films of all time.

While the trilogy of Bourne films were adapted from Robert Ludlum's books, the fourth will be based on an original story.

Paul Greengrass, who directed the last two Bourne films, and Matt Damon are also attached to the new film.

Frank Marshall is producing, with Jeffrey Weiner and Henry Morrison executive producing.

The Wma-repped Nolfi's credits include "The Sentinel" and "Ocean's Twelve." »

- By Leslie Simmons and Borys Kit

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Bafta Noms Announced: Atonement the film to beat?

17 January 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Like what had occurred over at the Golden Globes, it comes as no surprise that the Brits backed homegrown Joe Wright period piece of Atonement. Picking up a grand total of 14 nominees, the BAFTAs also gave There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men and Michael Clayton to celebrate. See the complete list below to see how they do things on the other side of the Atlantic. The full list of nominations follows:film“American Gangster” — Brian Grazer/Ridley ScottAtonement” — Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster“The Lives of Others” — Quirin Berg/Max WiedemannNo Country for Old Men” — Scott Rudin/Joel Coen/Ethan CoenThere Will Be Blood” — JoAnne Sellar/Paul Thomas Anderson/Daniel LupiBRITISH Film“Atonement” — Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Joe Wright, Christopher HamptonThe Bourne Ultimatum” — Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Paul L. Sandberg, Paul Greengrass, Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns, George Nolfi“Control” — Orian Williams, »

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