Live-action project tied to post-apocalyptic game
Warner Premiere plans to produce a live-action web series based on the “Hawken” videogame.Copper Media, a new division of Silver Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and DJ2 Entertainment are attached to produce. Studio division, behind the “Mortal Kombat,” “H+” and “Aim High” digital series, announced it had secured the rights to “Hawken” at Comic-Con, in San Diego, on Friday. Game bows Dec. 12, and is set in a post-apocalyptic, overindustrialized planet where humans are battling for dwindling resources. Initial plans aim for the web series to take fans through crucial events that spawn the fight for survival. Rights for “Hawken” were secured by DJ2 Entertainment, which is represented by WME and Morris Yorn. “Hawken” has already become an online sensation with more than 300,000 users registered for the closed beta currently scheduled for this fall. The free-to-play game will be playable via the Gaikai platform, a cloud streaming game service accessible by PCs Macs, Facebook or any tablet device. “We believe ‘Hawken’ is a cutting-edge gaming franchise that lends itself to multiple platforms and we’re very excited to work with Copper Media and DJ2 to develop it into a top-flight digital series,” said Eva Davis, executive VP and general manager of Warner Premiere. “Warner Bros. Digital Distribution proved there is a way to reach a sizable and passionate audience with this type of property, as we have seen with ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy,’ which has reached over 70 million views since its debut.” “We’re thrilled to be working with forward-thinking partners like Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, Copper Media and Meteor Entertainment’s CEO Mark Long on such a cutting-edge creative venture,” said Dmitri Johnson, CEO/Partner of DJ2 Entertainment. “This is an exciting, emerging medium and a fresh new way to bring ‘Hawken’ to a tech-savvy audience” added Dan Jevons, CCO/Partner of DJ2 Entertainment.