Now here’s a switch — instead of turning a video game into a movie, a heralded video game director has been tapped to direct a feature film, and he’s even written the script himself!
According to Variety Keith Arem, director of Activision Blizzard’s blockbuster sequel ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2′ will make his feature directing bow on ‘Frost Road’, an action thriller that Cary Brokaw (Hammer Films’ The Resident) will produce along with Steven L’Heureux. Brokaw will produce through his Avenue Pictures shingle, while L’Heureux will work through his Solipsist Films.
Arem (whose gaming credits also include Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, Rainbow Six, Silent Hill, Prince of Persia, Guitar Hero, and more) will co-produce through his PCB Productions, and in addition to writing the script, he and Brandon Humphreys are developing the project as a graphic novel with Christopher Shy illustrating.
[The] project revolves around a young man who awakens from a car accident to discover he is one of few survivors in the aftermath of a mysterious outbreak that’s struck a small coast town on the East Coast. Somehow immune to the contagion, he tries to save the remaining survivors as he struggles to prevent the deadly wave from spreading across the planet.
‘Modern Warfare 2′ has earned more money than any other video game during its first week of release, collecting $550 million in worldwide sales during its first five days and $3 billion in sales to date. As talent director on the game, Arem was responsible for directing, casting, and engineering all of the actors for the game, which included 50 Cent, Barry Pepper, Kevin McKidd, Keith David, Billy Murray, and Lance Henriksen.
Arem said he was “thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the skills I’ve honed in the game industry to the big screen” on Frost Road. “There’s an incredible talent pool currently working in the game industry, and I hope that the success of ‘Frost Road’ will give other creators the chance to show what they can do on a wider canvas.”
Keep it here for more as casting details, etc., emerge on Frost Road.
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