Megahit producer Neal Moritz is already attached to a slew of titles, including a Highlander reboot and the April 2017 installation of Fast And Furious 8. In the meantime, he continues to have his work cut out for him, including a new adaptation of the popular 2007 first-person shooter, Crossfire.
A press release was issued this week with all the details: Original Film and Smilegate, a leading Korean game developer, today announced a partnership to develop a film based on the acclaimed CROSSFIRE online FPS (First Person Shooter) game. Released in 2007, CROSSFIRE recorded global sales of $1.2 billion in 2014, alone, and is a mega hit with 500 million users in over 80 countries around the world.
CROSSFIRE regularly outperforms such games as World of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed in terms of number of players and revenue. The CROSSFIRE movie will be an internationally focused ensemble action film and will be produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner. Tania Landau and Toby Ascher will serve as executive producers. With the game’s global success, the project has the makings of a franchise. Smilegate sought out Original Film specifically due to their expertise managing and shepherding franchises such as Fast & Furious. Neal H. Moritz, is one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood today.
The founder of Original Film, he has produced over 50 major motion pictures, which have earned a box-office total of more than $8 billion worldwide. Moritz most recently released Furious 7, the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, which broke international box office records to become the fifth highest grossing movie of all time. Also slated for release in 2015 is an adaptation of the internationally best-selling children’s book series “Goosebumps.” Past film credits include The Fast and the Furious franchise, 21 and 22 Jump Street, Battle: Los Angeles, The Green Hornet, I Am Legend, Vantage Point, S.W.A.T., XxX, Blue Streak, The Skulls, Cruel Intentions, Urban Legend, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Volcano, and Juice.
The movie’s screenwriter, director and distributor will be announced at a later date. Bowery Hills Entertainment and Qualia Legacy consulted for Smilegate while Katten Law is their attorney. Abramson Law represented the deal for Original. While many international games have been turned into Hollywood movies, this will mark the first time a Korean game is licensed to Hollywood. Smilegate’s Min Jung Paek, VP of Brand Marketing, said, “I’m very pleased that Smilegate is collaborating with Neal Moritz for a movie. CROSSFIRE has become one of the world’s most popular FPS brands and I’m looking forward to working with Original to further build out the world of CROSSFIRE and gain many more fans around the globe.” Original Film’s Neal Moritz said, “We love CROSSFIRE and are looking forward to collaborating with the team at Smilegate, to create an exciting and fantastic action film.
We see a lot of potential in the CROSSFIRE brand and are honored to be chosen to bring its world to life.” The film is the first step in Smilegate’s expansion of the global CROSSFIRE brand. Smilegate is currently in development on mobile games and pursuing to expand into other business areas based on the property.