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Army of Two
While we have yet to see any video adaptation be any good, that doesn't mean Hollywood still isn't trying. In comes Electronic Arts' Army of Two.
Universal Pictures Acquired Army of Two
Universal Pictures has acquired the screen rights to EA's Army of Two. To ensure that the game has some quality, the studio has fasttracked the project with The Bourne Ultimatum co-writer, Scott Z. Burns, onboard to write the script.
Army of Two is a third-person shooter that has sold over one-million units since its launch in March. The game follows Elliot Salem and Tyson Rios, two private military contractors who start their own firm, TWO.
"Because people experience the game in pairs, playing two guys who go against the world, Scott and I agreed this format presented an opportunity to make a great buddy film," Burns said. "The ambiguity of these private military corporations lends weight to an intelligent thriller with relevance to what’s going on in the world right now. You have contractors with their own agendas, and two guys whose friendship supersedes all the politics. I told EA right off the bat I wasn’t a gamer, and that appealed to them because they didn’t want to simply replicate the game."
Electronic Arts has seen a lot of their games acquired recently. 20th Century Fox is working with The Sims while Mass Effect has been optioned by Avi Arad Prods. Universal also acquired the extremely-popular Bioshock, which Gore Verbinski will direct.