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Dreamworks Nabs Japanese Horror Video Game

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 5:06 p.m. PDT

With a horror franchise in mind, DreamWorks has picked up exclusive film rights to the Japanese video game "Fatal Frame." (being published by Wanadoo in the UK in September with the title PROJECT ZERO)

The game, which hits all good UK videogames retailers in September this year, revolves around a woman's search for her mysteriously missing brother, which leads her to a haunted mansion, armed only with an antique camera that lets her see ghosts. The Tecmo release, available only on Sony's PlayStation 2, has already received considerable critical acclaim as one of the best horror games on the market in the U.S. and the anticipation for the game in
the UK is palpable.

"Our plan is to take the scariest video game of all time and transport that vision -- complete with all the tension, fear and storyline intact -- to the bigscreen for everyone to experience." said DreamWorks production chief Michael De Luca.

"We are extremely excited about bringing Project Zero to market later in the year," commented Jon Bailey, label manager for Wanadoo in the UK. "And the fact that DreamWorks has snapped up the exclusive film rights indicates the uniqueness and inventiveness behind the game's concept and storyline."

There is not yet a script or a writer attached to the project.

Horror games lately have been catching the eyes of many filmmakers, with titles like "Resident Evil," "House of the Dead" and "Silent Hill" quickly being picked up and rushed into development.

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