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More perfect ‘Union’ for Disney

Bruckheimer taps Straczynski to adapt vidgame

Jerry Bruckheimer is plotting a civil war at Disney, tapping J. Michael Straczynski to adapt 2K Games’ “Shattered Union.”

In the game, states secede from the U.S. and form their own governments that wage a civil war against each other after Washington, D.C., is wiped out in a nuclear blast and chaos ravages the nation. Players control one of the warring group of states — the California Commonwealth, Republic of Texas and New England Alliance are three of the six — or a European peacekeeping unit sent to reunify America.

The strategy war game, developed by PopTop Software (behind the “Railroad Tycoon” franchise), was published in 2005 by 2K Games, a division of Take-Two Interactive. Take-Two also has an adaptation of “BioShock” set up at Universal.

Straczynski, whose martial-arts actioner “Ninja Assassin” bows Nov. 25 via Warner Bros., is penning a “Silver Surfer” pic at Fox and a “Forbidden Planet” reboot at Warner Bros., and he adapted zombie book “World War Z” at Paramount. He also wrote Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling.”

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His Vietnam War drama “They Marched Into Sunlight” is in pre-production at Universal with Paul Greengrass set to helm.

Mike Stenson and Chad Oman will exec produce the project at Jerry Bruckheimer Films, which is readying “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” for the Mouse House to release next summer, based on Ubisoft’s vidgame franchise.

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