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Barker, D’Works play games

'Undying' to unveil at E3

DreamWorks Interactive, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts, will be unveiling at next month’s E3 convention a “dark fantasy” game inspired by a story and characters created by Clive Barker.

“Clive Barker’s Undying,” which is developed for a PC platform, is still in beta stages and will be available to the public late this year.

Barker said DreamWorks had come to him with the game partially developed and was “looking for a partner to develop the story, the creatures in the story and bring it to conclusion.” Since this was his first interactive game, Barker said “this was a great way to see the bones of the thing and then be invited to put the flesh on it.”

Barker says “Undying” is set in 19th century Ireland, has several layers of reality, “the texture of a novel,” encompasses Celtic folklore, Gothic elements, and features “a large family with more secrets than the Kennedys and a good deal darker.”

The deal was brokered for Barker by ICM’s Ben Smith and lawyered by David Colden.

Barker recently closed a seven-figure deal with Disney for all movie and ancillary rights to four as-yet-to-be published fantasy novels with the tentative title “The Abarat Quartet.”

DreamWorks sold its vidgame arm to Electronic Arts in February, but the Barker deal signals that the DreamWorks Interactive label will still operate as its own indie and film biz-connected division.

(Marc Graser contributed to this report).

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