Lakeshore’s game for ‘Thundercade’

Company nabs Cline's videogame-themed spec

Lakeshore Entertainment has scooped up Ernie Cline’s vidgame-themed spec “Thundercade.”

Story centers on a videogame junkie who faces a midlife crisis when he discovers a young punk has beaten the world record he has held since his teens. Determined to reclaim his place in gaming history, he and two friends escape their 9-to-5 lives for a shot to win Thundercade, the world’s ultimate gaming championship.

Cline is a self-described vidgame addict who owns six different game consoles.

“Having spent countless hours playing Xbox with my nephew and listening to him trash-talk me, I fell in love with the idea of pitting older classic arcade-era gamers from the ’80s against teenagers — the Atari 2600 generation vs. the Xbox 360 generation,” he said.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce alongside Dan Farah of Farah Films. Lakeshore intends to fast-track the film once a director has been hired.

Farah and Cline developed “Thundercade” from concept to script.

Cline’s previous screenplay “Fanboys,” about four die-hard “Star Wars” fans who break into George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch to see “The Phantom Menace,” stars Dan Fogler, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel and will be released later this year.

Lakeshore is in pre-production on the romantic comedy “The Ugly Truth,” starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, and the sequel “Crank: High Voltage.”