The House of the Dead franchise becomes movie
Mindfire Entertainment announced today that the first photographical steps will be taken in producing a motion picture based on Sega's The House of the Dead franchise. The process will take place in Vancouver, Canada and is based on a script by Mark A. Altman and Dave Parker. The movie will star the zombie-battling agents featured in Sega's series.
Production will be specifically run by Shawn Williamson of Bright Light Pictures and director Uwe Boll. The film is estimated to cost $12 million and is expected to be a blend of horror and suspense. The Executive Producers of the film will be Mindfire partners Dan Bates, Mark Altman and Mark Gottwald. Also executive producing is Daniel Kletzky.
"We are delighted to be working with video game industry giant Sega to bring The House of the Dead to the big screen," says Mindfire Entertainment CEO Dan Bates. "Unlike other video game-based movies, The House of the Dead will be in a unique position to exploit the cross-marketing and promotional opportunities between the successful game franchise and the movie as they will share a common storyline and aesthetic."
Adds Daniel Kletzky, "We are thrilled to be working with Uwe Boll whose remarkable ability to create suspense and horror make him the perfect director for what we are certain will be the first of many films derived from this exciting game franchise."
"The House of the Dead is one of SEGA's leading video game franchises and we are thrilled to partner with Mindfire Entertainment, who shares our enthusiasm for the game, to translate our game developers' vision into a feature film," jointly stated Charles Bellfield, vice president of strategic planning and corporate affairs, Sega of America and Masahiro Nakagawa, director of licensing, SEGA Corporation.
2/27/2002 Matt Stensrud