Screen Gems acquires feature rights to Capcom game

Screen Gems has purchased feature film rights to Capcom’s hit vidgame series “Devil May Cry,” with the aim of kickstarting a new genre franchise.

Kyle Ward has been hired to pen the script, which revolves around the character of Dante, who avenges his mother’s murder by killing off demons.

Franchise was originally developed as the third installment of the “Resident Evil” games — another Capcom property. But once the game’s design started to deviate significantly from “Resident Evil’s” style, Capcom decided to launch the title as an original property. “Devil” has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Screen Gems’ “Resident Evil” franchise became a global B.O. hit for the genre label, with more than $580 million in worldwide grosses collectively. “Devil” represents the next potential vidgame franchise adaptation for Screen Gems. There have been five games in the series since, with the latest, produced by Ninja Theory as a reboot, featuring a younger version of the Dante character.

Capcom has been eager to exploit “Devil May Cry” across other platforms including comicbooks, novels, an anime series and collectible statues and action figures.

Ward recently penned the script for Universal’s upcoming “Fiasco Heights.” He is repped by CAA and Benderspink.

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