Westwood Studios plans ‘Command’ for big screen

Popular game to follow 'Mortal Kombat,' 'Tomb Raider'

Interactive gamesmaker Westwood Studios, which hit digital gold with its phenomenally successful “Command & Conquer” wargame series, is taking its battle-hardened franchise into the most dangerous world of all: Hollywood development hell.

Westwood senior producer Donny Miele is supervising the film adaptation of the “Command” series. The company is seeking to partner with a major studio to produce the sci-fi action adventure pic, said Miele, but is prepared to finance the film independently.

Sequel debuts in fall

The “Command” franchise will continue this fall with a sequel titled “Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun.” The new installment will feature contributions from actors James Earl Jones and Michael Biehn.

The Las Vegas-based Westwood, a division of Virgin Interactive and parent company Spelling Entertainment, has sold more than 10 million copies of its two “Command & Conquer” titles since 1995 — totaling more than $300 million. The games are available on several platforms, including IBM-compatible personal computer CD-ROM, Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn and Macintosh.

Computer screen to bigscreen

Now, Westwood hopes to follow the example of other companies that have translated computer games into films, such as the “Tomb Raider” games, to which Paramount recently acquired film rights, and Threshold Entertainment’s successful “Mortal Kombat” films and its upcoming “Duke Nukem” pic.

No treatment or script yet exists for the “Command & Conquer” movie, but the general story is set in a post-apocalyptic future where two global forces fight for control of Earth and its remaining population.

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