Sony Pictures has pre-emptively picked up a pitch from screenwriter Sheldon Turner to adapt the Sucker Punch Prods. video game "inFAMOUS" into a feature film. The deal is for seven figures.
The studio is working out a deal for rights to the game, which was published by sister company Sony Computer Entertainment.
Avi Arad and Ari Arad will produce. Sony executives Matt Tolmach and Jonathan Kadin are handling for the studio.
Launched in May, "inFAMOUS" centers on bike messenger Cole MacGrath, who survives an explosion that destroys entire blocks of Empire City only to find he has new electricity-derived super powers. The action game, designed for Sony's PlayStation 3 console, allows the player to use his powers for good or evil, as MacGrath's karma affects how the devastated city's people and infrastructure deal with him.
"What excited me most about the game was it was the first of which I've come across that had a big idea and a character arc," Turner said. "It is, I believe, the future of gaming. The game, while big and fun, is at its core a love ballad to the underachiever, which is what our hero, Cole McGrath, is."
I'm not sure about this just yet. I haven't played this PS3 video game and its been getting some mixed reviews though most of them are positive. A couple of my friends did say the game had a pretty good story so it should be interesting to see how well that translates to the big screen.