Soul Calibur and PoP film rights acquired
In genuinely surprising and pleasing news today, a couple of the hottest videogame movie licences around have failed to fall into the hands of Uwe Boll, which makes a change. Instead, the film rights to Namco's Soul Calibur were acquired by American Pie producer Warren Zide, whilst Jerry Bruckheimer Films look secure Prince of Persia. Zide will produce the cinematic rendition of this popular beat 'em up at his Sony-based studio Anthem, we're told.
Meanwhile, Bruckheimer's acquisition of Prince of Persia (now there's a game aching to be turned into an action flick) was reported by Variety.com, who also inform us that game script writer Jordan Mechner will be responsible for the film's plot. "Rather than do a straight beat-for-beat adaptation of the new videogame, we're taking some cool elements from the game and using them to craft a new story - much as 'Pirates' did with the theme park ride," Mechner commented. All of which sounds actually rather promising.
Here's hoping Jerry Bruckheimer devotes the time and effort that this licence deserves. Certainly Pirates of the Caribbean is an impressive point of comparison at this early stage. More as we get it.