Friday, July 01, 2005

Dungeon Seige

GM! I'll begin this morning with this post about a video game conversion to film:

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Jason Statham and Leelee Sobieski are set to headline the cast of director Uwe Boll's $60 million adaptation of the sword-and-sorcery video game Dungeon Siege, which begins filming Sunday in Vancouver until mid-September.

The Hollywood Reporter says Statham (The Transporter, Cellular) plays the film's hero, Farmer, and Sobieski (Eyes Wide Shut, Max) has been cast as Muriella, daughter of the court sorcerer Merrick (John Rhys Davies of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy).

Also starring are Ron Perlman (Hellboy) as Norick, Farmer's friend; Matthew Lillard ("Scooby-Doo" films) as Duke Fallow; Burt Reynolds (The Longest Yard) as King Konreid; and Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) as Elora, an enchanted tree-like creature whose support proves critical to Farmer.

The film is based on developer Gas Powered Games' best-selling fantasy PC game franchise, which was published by Microsoft Game Studios, and follows the journey of Farmer from simple family man to heroic prince. Amidst a fantasy backdrop of war in the Kingdom of Ehb between the evil Gallian and the ruling King Konreid, Farmer sets out to find his kidnapped wife, Solana, and avenge the death of his son, who was killed by animal warriors called Krugs.

The film, which does not have a distributor, will be ready for release as early as late summer 2006. Boll also is developing movies based on video games "Far Cry," "Hunter: The Reckoning" and "Fear Effect."


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