Acclaimed filmmakers announce they are simultaneously producing a
next-gen console game and film. First screens and trailer inside.
(Horror gaming news is important to me)
Acclaimed action director John Woo has long expressed his interest in
video games–and he’s shown it by scooping up the film rights to
Metroid and helming the film adaptation of Spy Hunter, starring Dwayne
“The Rock” Johnson.
Now, Woo’s game company, Tiger Hill Entertainment, is further blurring
the line between film and games. Today, Majesco announced it will
publish Demonik, a new horror-action game co-published by Tiger Hill
and written by writer/director/author Clive Barker. The game marks the
latest project for Hellraiser director Barker, who also oversaw development of Undying, the acclaimed 2001 action game from Electronic Arts.
Developed by Terminal Reality, the studio behind the BloodRayne
games–which are themselves being made into films–Demonik is scheduled
to ship in 2006 for unspecified “next-generation consoles.”It will also
be simultaneously developed as a film property. “Barker is set to
oversee the story, character designs, cinematics and voice talent for
the game,” according to Majesco. “Barker also has the option to write
and direct the film.”
“Demonik will be an intense gaming experience,” said Barker in
a statement. “I’m having a lot of fun enriching the game’s mythology
and polishing the characters till they shine. And, of course, adding a
little bit of Barker darkness. Demonik promises to be a game that you
will play with clammy palms.”
Besides hand-sweat predictions, Majesco was rather mum on
details about Demonik, saying only that it is a ” third-person action
game that allows players to control the ultimate bad guy–wreaking
havoc with a variety of innovative and spectacular powers and
GameSpot will have more on Demonik as further details are made available.