You know what’s wrong with Hollywood right now? They’re either lazy or just plain stupid! Instead of buying up all the rights to these stupid ass video games and making lame movies about them, why not hire the writers to come up with fresh new ideas for films and then sell the rights to video game companies? Sheesh, who runs these joints? Anyways, enough of my precious advice, inside is news on Warren Zide’s Anthem Pictures (Sony) acquisition of the film rights to SoulCalibur.
According to the Hollywood Reporter Warren Zide’s Anthem Pictures has acquired the film rights to SoulCalibur, the popular fighting video game from Namco.
The project will be Zide’s first under Sony-based Anthem, his equity-backed financing and production shingle.
The video game story revolves around two warriors who are chosen by Shaolin monks to recover and destroy a powerful sword that has fallen into the hands of an evil prince who plans to use it to open the gates of hell and destroy the world.
“SoulCalibur 2,” the most recent version of the video game, has racked up sales of 5 million units on all platforms, and the game also is a critical fave. It received the best fighting game award at last year’s E3 interactive game conference, and Electronic Gaming Monthly named it the multiplatform game of the year.
Matthew Rhodes and Noel Vega are producing with Anthem. Jesse Warshal is overseeing it at Anthem. Zide, along with manager Craig Perry, produced Universal Pictures’ “American Pie” franchise, which grossed more than $340 million at the domestic boxoffice. The two also produced the two “Final Destination” movies for New Line Cinema.