Studio scores rights to vidgame adaptation
Dimension Films has sealed a deal to acquire North American distribution rights to the vidgame-based action pic “Dead or Alive” by “The Transporter” helmer Corey Yuen.Devon Aoki, Sarah Carter, Natassia Malthe, Matthew Marsden, Jaime Pressly, Eric Roberts and Holly Valance star in the adaptation. Impact Pictures’ Paul W.S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt produced the pic, along with Constantin Film’s Bernd Eichinger and Robert Kulzer and Mindfire Entertainment’s Mark Altman. Constantin repped pic’s rights. J.F. Lawton, Seth and Adam Gross and Granz Henman penned the adaptation. Dimension, the genre arm of the Weinstein Co., will roll out the pic, shot in China, next fall. Combat vidgame has been a bestselling franchise for Tecmo and has been spun off into the “Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball” and “DOA Ultimate” games. Dimension recently sealed a pact to team with Crystal Sky Pictures to produce another vidgame adaptation, “Castlevania.”
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