Move part of a trend to generate intellectual property

HOLLYWOOD — Sony based-production/management shingle Circle of Confusion has signed vidgame developer Digital Eclipse/Backbone Entertainment as the first step toward creating a multiplatform franchise to include movies and books.

Move is part of a growing trend to generate intellectual property simultaneously across platforms, rather than taking existing movie, book and vidgame properties (such as “Tomb Raider” for example) and moving them across mediums.

“We want to create intellectual property with movies in mind,” said Circle of Confusion partner David Alpert, whose partners include Lawrence Mattis, David Engel and Jason Lust.

Game tweaked

Pokemon vidgame developer Digital Eclipse is fine-tuning a game, as well as working with a director who will help package the project to present to studios early next year.

“Our goal is to help them get in business with high-end creative people in Hollywood and get them into the licensing area,” Alpert said.

The aim is to create a franchise similar to “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” — a game based on the best-selling author by tech company Ubisoft — and take it to the next level: movies.

As both a production and management company — the shingle reps the hot-ticket Wachowski brothers as well as game development company Taldren — Circle of Confusion is in a unique position to marry diverse entities.

“Everyone goes and covers all the festivals and film schools, but we’re in the trenches looking for and signing videogames, comic books — the next generation of intellectual property,” Alpert said. “Especially with the Wachowski brothers, we’ve been able to get a sense of how this world works. A lot of people are doing it, but nobody is really looking at it holistically.”

‘Bounty’ set up

Circle reps Brian Michael Bendis, the Marvel comic book writer behind “Spider-Man” and “Daredevil.” It recently set up “Bounty,” an unpublished comic book, at Universal.

Production-wise, the shingle is developing DC Comics’ “The Psycho” at Universal, and “A House Called Awful End,” based on Phillip Ardagh’s trio of family adventure novels known as the Eddie Dickens trilogy, at Warner Bros.

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