Shawn Levy To Direct ‘Uncharted’; PlayStation Vidgame Movie On Fast Track
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has set Shawn Levy to direct Uncharted, the long-awaited live-action feature film based on the PlayStation video game series featuring the treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Joe Carnahan, who wrote the most recent script draft, had an eye to direct, but he has moved over to focus on helming Sony’s Bad Boys For Life, the action comedy that reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Uncharted is an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, with Charles Roven… Read
SAG-AFTRA “Remains Committed To Negotiations” To End Video Game Strike
SAG-AFTRA said tonight that it "remains committed" to a negotiated settlement of the four-day-old actors strike against the video game industry but insists that the companies must take its demand for residuals – or "secondary payments" – seriously.
"The union remains committed to reaching an equitable solution while employers are the ones who continue to be intractable in their bargaining," SAG-AFTRA said in a statement.
The union said that, despite what the video game emp… Read
Video Game Strike: Companies Cry Foul As SAG-AFTRA Picket Line Gets Underway
UPDATED with picket line underway: Video game companies struck by SAG-AFTRA released documents today that they say proves they had matched the union's requests for wages, benefits and additional compensation before the union called its strike last Friday. According to the companies, the documents also show that the two sides had reached an agreement to collaboratively investigate the vocal stress issues raised by the union during the term of the next contract.
SAG-AFTRA Strikes The Video Game Industry
SAG-AFTRA has gone on strike against the video game industry. Just after midnight PT, the union ordered its members to stop working on games until the strike is over. Shortly before the clock struck midnight, a spokesman for the companies said no date has been set for the resumption of talks.
It's the first-ever strike against the gaming industry; the first actors' strike since 2000, when SAG and AFTRA struck the commercials industry for six months; and the first-ever… Read
Looming SAG-AFTRA Video Game Strike Hinges On Single Word
EXCLUSIVE, UPDATE with SAG-AFTRA statement: An actors strike against the video game industry could come down to a dispute over single word — “buyout."
Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the video game companies broke off late Wednesday night after the union rejected the companies' final offer for a new contract. A federal mediator who'd been brought into the talks yesterday failed to bring the two sides close enough to make a deal. The main sticking point is… Read
Federal Mediator Joins SAG-AFTRA Video Game Contract Talks
EXCLUSIVE: After three days of intense bargaining, negotiations for a new SAG-AFTRA video game contract have deadlocked and a federal mediator will be called in this afternoon in an attempt to head off a threatened strike.
The main issue is the union’s demand that performers receive an additional full-scale payment for each 500,000 units sold, up to a maximum of four secondary payments if the game sells 2 million units. "The No. 1 thing is residuals," said an actor who… Read
SAG-AFTRA Video Game Contract Talks Resume As Strike Looms
With a Friday strike deadline looming, contract negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the video game industry resumed today and are scheduled to continue through Wednesday. The chief one issue in the talks is the union's demand for residuals payments for actors who voice the most successful games – something the $20 billion video game industry has steadfastly refused to provide.
"The No. 1 thing is residuals," said an actor who has worked on dozens of games. "This is the… Read
‘13 Hours’ Scribe Chuck Hogan To Adapt ‘Crossfire’ Online Game Into Movie
Chuck Hogan has come aboard to pen an adaptation of Crossfire, a film based on the online game from Korean game developer Smilegate and Neal H Moritz's Original Film. The news comes following last year’s announcement that Original Film had teamed with Smilegate to turn the popular global game into internationally focused action franchise.
Crossfire, which came out in 2007, is a first-person shooter that has 650 million users with 8 million peak concurrent users in more… Read
SAG-AFTRA Set Strike Date Against Video Game Giants
UPDATE, 11:47 PM with statement from video game industry: Hours after the date was set for a strike, the video game responded in a statement released to the media. “We have negotiated in good faith for the past 18 months with SAG-AFTRA union leaders, and are making progress toward a new contract,” said Scott J. Witlin of the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, representing the industry. “We are deeply disappointed to learn today of the Union’s threatened strike and its… Read
‘Gears Of War’ Film Based On Video Game Series In Works At Universal
During a livestream for the release of the latest installment in the long-running sci-fi shooter video game franchise, Microsoft today confirmed that a film based on the Gears Of War is in development with the rights optioned by Universal. Scott Stuber (Ted series, Central Intelligence) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes series, Oblivion) are set to produce through their Universal-based Bluegrass Films. No director or screenwriter is attached to the project, nor were… Read
SAG-AFTRA Offers Video Game Contract, Targets “Vocally Stressful Work”
Unable to get video game producers to meet their demands at the bargaining table – and unwilling to carry through with their threat to call a strike – SAG-AFTRA instead has "promulgated" a new low-budget contract and is hoping that some video game producers will sign it. Few are expected to, however.
The union's old Interactive Media Agreement expired on December 31, 2014, and members of the union voted overwhelmingly in October to authorize the union's board to call a… Read
Peter Guber And Ted Leonsis Lead Buying Group For Esports Power Team Liquid
Some of Hollywood’s better-known execs and financiers — led by Peter Guber and Ted Leonsis — have caught the esports bug: This morning they unveiled a deal to buy a controlling interest in Team Liquid, a major franchise with more than 50 players on 10 teams that compete in tournaments with games including StarCraft 2, League Of Legends, Dota 2, Hearthstone, CS:GO, Heroes Of The Storm, Overwatch, Halo, Street Fighter and SSBM.
Guber, CEO of the Mandalay Entertainment… Read