Another Video game is going to get made into a movie that isn't Halo. Universal Pictures has nabbed the rights to Electronic Arts video game 'Army of Two'. The want to drive this thing into production in 2009 and they have hired 'The Bourne Ultimatum' co-writer Scott Z. Burns to write the script. Variety Reports:
Scott Stuber will produce with EA, marking the first time the vidgame giant has taken a film production role.
The "Army of Two" vidgame has sold more than 1 million units since it launched in March. A sequel is believed to be in the works. Game is a two-player action contest in which a pair of private military contractors fight their way through a web of intrigue.
"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 film," Burns said. "The ambiguity of these private military corporations lends weight to an intelligent thriller with relevance to what's going on in the world right now. You have contractors with their own agendas, and two guys whose friendship supersedes all the politics. I told EA right off the bat I wasn't a gamer, and that appealed to them because they didn't want to simply replicate the game."
A buddy film huh? I myself have not played 'Army of Two' yet. I am still enjoying Halo 3. Universal really wants to rush this film into production. Hollywood still does not know how to turn a video game into a good movie. They are getting good with comic book films, but video game movies are another story. Maybe they will get it right with this one.