There's all sorts of going ons this week in Hollywood concerning the next slate of videogame adaptations. In fact, one of 'em this week actually concerns a game that hasn't even been released yet, Eidos Interactive's Kane & Lynch, a sadistically-themed buddy-buddy action game to be released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this year.
Kane & Lynch
Ain't It Cool News reports that Liongate, the studio who acquired the rights to Kane & Lynch, are currently targeting Jieho Lee, a director you probably haven't heard of. We'll get a glimpse of what Lee's capable of later this year, however, with The Air I Breathe:
"A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman (Forest Whitaker) bets his life on a horse race; a gangster (Brendan Fraser) sees the future; a pop star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) falls prey to a crime boss (Andy Garcia); a doctor (Kevin Bacon) must save the love of his life." -- IMDB
Despite popular reports the adventure genre is dead, THQ has been successful in producing sequels in the Broken Sword series. The recent success of the fourth entry, Broken Sword 4: The Angel of Death, was enough to push Hollywood into pursuing a live-action adaptation of the series, reports ComingSoon.
Series creator Charles Cecil and his team at Revolution Software will apparently have a very hands-on approach with the transition by working with Jay Douglas and Nav Gupta (Level 7, Quantum Heist) and their CastleBright Studios. The film will follow the storyline from the first game, Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars / Circle of Blood.
Elsewhere, Silent Hill director Christophe Gans, who recently confirmed to be passing on helming the horror sequel, will instead team with Davis Films to produce a $70 million-budgeted adaptation of Capcom's Onimusha series, says Screen Daily. Production is said to start in China next February, with a December 2009 release date in mind.
"I have loved the Onimusha story for years and am overjoyed to have the opportunity now to bring it to life for worldwide film audiences and to access the unparalleled film resources of China to do so on the scale that the story demands," said Gans.
Thanks to 1UP.com for sharing the news with us!