I'm not a big fan of unconfirmed rumors (speculation is a different story) but even less so of press releases containing an abundance of when, will, and "we look forward". The movie rights to Dark Void
, to be published by Capcom
, have been sold to the production Plan B Entertainment
. The game hasn't been released yet and Capcom
is already bragging about the first stages of a movie that may or may not be made (I'm looking at you Halo). Even more surprising is the hint that, since Brad Pitt is the owner of Plan B Entertainment
, Mr. Pitt is the potential lead for the flick. Never mind the fact that the game wasn't developed with Mr. Pitt's likeness and voice in mind. The solution? If Brad Pitt does star in the movie adaptation he would have to wear that ridiculous helmet for the duration of the film.
We're proud to announce that, with its focus on epic, sci-fi storytelling, Dark Void has been tapped by Brad Pitt's production company to be developed into a full fledged movie:
Brad Pitt's production company Plan B Entertainment, under its Creative Partnership with Reliance BIG Entertainment, and Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, have come to terms on the film rights relating to Dark Void', a new property from Capcom. The theatrical version of the Dark Void game is being developed as a sci-fi action franchise and potential starring vehicle for Pitt.
You can check out the full press release after the break!
Los Angeles, CA (November 19, 2009) - Brad Pitt's production company Plan B Entertainment, under its Creative Partnership with Reliance BIG Entertainment, and Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, have come to terms on the film rights relating to Dark Void', a new property from Capcom. The theatrical version of the Dark Void game is being developed as a sci-fi action franchise and potential starring vehicle for Pitt.
Capcom will release Dark Void on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC in North America on January 19, 2010 and across Europe on January 22, 2010.
Dark Void is an adrenaline-fuelled blend of aerial and ground-pounding combat which centers on Will, a pilot who crash lands 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 civilization. Together with a faction of humans who have disappeared into the Void, Will takes on the alien race using their own advanced technology including a high-powered jet pack to defeat them and keep order in the civilized world.
Reliance BIG Entertainment, the flagship media and entertainment arm of Indian conglomerate, Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG), first introduced its innovative development/production financing deal, termed a Creative Partnership, with Plan B Entertainment at the Cannes Film Festival 2008.
Reliance BIG Entertainment's Chairman Amit Khanna commented, '"We are delighted that our Creative Partnership with Plan B has led to this agreement to develop the Dark Void motion picture based on Dark Void along with Capcom and we look forward to future projects from them."
"As a game, Dark Void was developed with a wide-screen mentality - a world full of adventure presented in cinematic scope and scale," said Germaine Gioia, senior vice president, licensing, Capcom Entertainment. "Plan B recognized the potential of our newest property and are as excited about bringing Dark Void to life in cinemas as Capcom is to bring the interactive experience to home theaters."
The deal was brokered by CAA on behalf of Reliance BIG Entertainment and Plan B, and by UTA on behalf of Capcom. Plan B was additionally represented in the deal by Jon Liebman and Cynthia Pett-Dante at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
About Reliance BIG Entertainment Pvt Ltd.
Reliance BIG Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL) (www.rbe.co.in
) is the flagship media and entertainment arm of Indian conglomerate, Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG), (www.relianceada.com
) with significant presence in film entertainment (film production, distribution, and exhibition), broadcasting and new media ventures.
With investments over USD 1 billion in its Filmed Entertainment business RBEL's motion picture brand, Reliance BIG Pictures has built a formidable film production slate in Hindi, English & other Indian languages, which it markets & distributes worldwide. The slate has projects with leading production houses and marquee Indian directors like Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rakesh Roshan, David Dhawan, Indra Kumar, Ravi Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Sudhir Mishra. Shaji N. Karun, Shyam Benegal, Rituparno Ghosh, Buddhadev Dasgupta, M.S Sathyu & Amol Palekar,
On the Hollywood slate, Reliance BIG Pictures has partnered with Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider on the formation of DreamWorks Studios and has development silos with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Films, Jim Carrey's JC 23 Entertainment, George Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures, Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions, Jay Roach's Everyman Pictures, Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment and Julia Roberts' Red Om Films.
About Plan B Entertainment
Plan B Entertainment is actor/producer Brad Pitt's production company which has produced films such as the Oscar-Winning The Departed, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Mighty Heart, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Plan B is currently in production on Liz Gilbert's best-selling book Eat, Pray, Love, which is written and directed by Ryan Murphy and stars Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and James Franco for Sony. The company is in post-production on Terence Malick's The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn to be released by Bob Berney & Bill Pohlad's new distribution arm Apparition; Rebecca Miller's The Private Lives of Pippa Lee which will be released later this month by Screen Media; and Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass, which will be executive produced by Pitt and released by Lionsgate next April. This summer, Plan B's The Time Traveler's Wife, starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana was released by Warner Brothers.
Plan B's upcoming projects involve a number of adaptations, including the thriller World War Z, based on Max Brooks' best-selling book, to be directed by Marc Forster; the action-adventure The Lost City of Z, based on David Grann's best-selling novel to be written and directed by James Gray; the action film The Killer and the sci-fi horror film Black Hole, both of which are based on comic books and developed for David Fincher to direct; and a screen adaptation of Beautiful Boy and Tweak, two non-fiction best-sellers that detail a young man's drug addiction as seen from his father's and his own perspective.
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man® and Devil MayCry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom can be found on the company web site, www.capcom.com