Under the agreement, Boll Kino will control exclusive worldwide theatrical film rights to ALONE IN THE DARK, as well as video, DVD, television, cable and pay per view rights for the film. Infogrames will retain all other rights to the franchise, including rights for series on free television and cable. Principal photography for the film is currently scheduled to commence in Vancouver in the spring of 2003, with Dr. Uwe Boll (House of the Dead, Blackwoods, Sanctimony, Heart of America) serving as director and producer.
ALONE IN THE DARK was first introduced by Infogrames to the gaming world in 1992, and is today universally credited with creating the survival-horror gaming genre. To date, the franchise has sold several million units worldwide.
"Today we're seeing collaboration between Hollywood and the gaming universe at levels never experienced before. While the trend has largely focused on licensing Hollywood franchises for games, certain gaming franchises possess all the qualities required for a successful motion picture, and Alone in the Dark is clearly one such property," said Bruno Bonnell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Infogrames, Inc. "Alone in the Dark has captivated gamers for more than a decade and we're thrilled that an entirely new audience will now be able to experience its suspenseful story on the big screen."
Director/producer Dr. Uwe Boll said, "This game provides an incredible opportunity to produce an exciting feature film and we look forward to capturing the unique and frightening qualities of Alone in the Dark."
The film will be produced with Shawn Williamson (House of the Dead, Try Seventeen) of Brightlight Pictures Inc. Mr. Williamson commented, "This property lends itself very well to feature film adaptation. Alone in the Dark is a great concept, and we are excited to bring the most thrilling elements of the game to the big screen."
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