Old Movies Getting in the Game9 Mar, 2005 By: John Gaudiosi
The Godfather ù The Game
Old film franchises are resurfacing as new video game series.
In the latest development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Clint Eastwood's Malpaso and The Tehama Cos. are overseeing the development of the first in a new “Dirty Harry” franchise of games.
Oscar-winning director, producer and actor Eastwood will provide the voice and likeness for Dirty Harry Callahan and consult on key creative aspects of the game design.
“This will be an opportunity to satisfy the many requests over the years to continue the ‘Dirty Harry' legacy, only now in the video game medium,” Eastwood said. “Creating ‘Dirty Harry' video games will also introduce this memorable film character to new generations on a medium they appreciate.”
A publisher has not yet been chosen to bring the game to retail, but the game franchise will appear on next-generation consoles like Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 2, and its debut is not expected until 2006.
Eastwood starred in five “Dirty Harry” films, including Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool.
With the advanced graphic capabilities of next-generation hardware, game makers will be able to replicate a young Eastwood as Dirty Harry.
“The character and content of the ‘Dirty Harry' films perfectly lend themselves to telling new and compelling stories to both established and new gameplaying audiences,” said Jason Hall, SVP of WBIE.
The ‘Dirty Harry' films are the latest in a new line of film revivals in the interactive space. EA is working on The Godfather game, Vivendi Universal Games is developing Scarface, Buena Vista Games is working on Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge, and Majesco is creating Jaws.