Paramount Picks up ‘Area 51′ Rights

Paramount Pictures in the latest studio to jump into the video games to film pool and has aquired the worldwide film rights to Midway Games’ upcoming video game Area 51. Full details inside, the game includes voices from Marilyn Manson and David Duchovny…
Variety reports that Paramount is taking a trip to “Area 51,” acquiring worldwide film rights to Midway Games’ upcoming videogame.

Studio has set it up with Christine Peters, who will produce the thriller in collaboration with Midway.

In the game, scheduled for release in March for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, players assume the role of a specialist handling hazardous materials who is investigating a distress signal from Area 51, long the center of theories about space aliens and government conspiracies. The game starts with a viral outbreak that shuts down the research facility, locking down all scientific and military personnel.

David Duchovny provides the voice for the game’s specialist; Powers Boothe voices a major; and Marilyn Manson voices Edgar, the gray alien.

” ‘Area 51′ brings some of the most cutting-edge technology to the gaming world,” said Peters, who produced “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”

Par prexy Donald De Line said, “We are delighted to be working hand-in-hand with Midway Games to translate this innovative game into a provocative film.”

Source: Variety