SAG-AFTRA Makes Inroads As Video Game Strike Drags On
As SAG-AFTRA prepares for its upcoming round of negotiations for a new film and TV contract, it continues to pressure a different set of employers – video game producers – in a labor dispute that is the longest strike in the history of SAG.
Now in its 207th day, the union's strike against 11 video game companies has pitted the companies' desire to maintain a 20-year-old pay structure that includes no forms of residuals against the union's demand for some type of residuals… Read
Universal Gearing Up For ‘Gears Of War’ Movie; Studio Sets Shane Salerno To Write
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Shane Salerno to write the screenplay for Gears Of War, the big-scale live-action adaptation of Microsoft Studios’ iconic Xbox video game franchise. Universal-based Dylan Clark is producing.
Universal and Microsoft announced their collaboration on the game in late 2016. At the time, Rod Fergusson, head of Microsoft subsidiary The Coalition that develops new Gears Of War content and the franchise co-creator, said the film would not be… Read
SAG-AFTRA’s Six-Month Video Game Strike Left Out Of Highlight Reel For Merger Anniversary
SAG-AFTRA has posted a new video on its website celebrating the fifth anniversary of the merger of SAG and AFTRA. "A lot has happened in the last five years," notes the video (watch it above), but it fails to make any mention of a key event in the merged union's history: that it's been on strike against select video game companies for the past six months. It's quite an oversight, because on Saturday, it will become the longest strike in the history of the Screen Actors… Read
‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Trailer For Video Game Unveils New Character And Battles
The official trailer for EA's Star Wars Battlefront II was unveiled today during the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida. In this new adventure, players we will able to immerse themselves into the Star Wars galaxy and battle on land and in space in an expanded multiplayer experience with iconic heroes and villains, thrilling space battles, and a deep progression and customization system.
With sneak peeks at Darth Maul, Yoda, Rey and Luke Skywalker, the video game… Read
GameStop Shares Slip On Report Of Possible Credit Card Data Breach
Shares in video game retailer GameStop dropped about 1% this afternoon after it confirmed to website KrebsOnSecurity.com that it’s investigating a possible hack from someone who took payment card data and then, it says, “offered [it] for sale on a website.”
GameStop says it learned about the possible breach from “a third party.” It has engaged “a leading security firm” to investigate. Meanwhile it will “continue to work non-stop to address this report and take appropriate… Read
Fox Film Gets Into Virtual Production Game With Technoprops Buy
20th Century Fox Film has made a deal to acquire Technoprops, the virtual production company that has had a hand in films from Avatar to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The pact includes a multi-year agreement with company founder Glenn Derry, who will become VP Visual Effects and oversee virtual production efforts at a new division to be knows as The Fox VFX Lab. The plan is to open a virtual production facility in downtown Los Angeles, at which Derry's team will operate… Read
SAG-AFTRA Claims It “Has The Momentum” In Video Game Strike Launched In October
Claiming that it "has the momentum" in its 23-week-old strike against selected video game companies, SAG-AFTRA says "many signs indicate that our strike is working" and that the 11 struck companies "are feeling the pressure."
The union says that it's signed 25 video games and 18 companies to a contract it promulgated in October that gives performers residuals amounting to a full-day's pay for each 500,000 units sold, up to four secondary payments if the games sells 2… Read
Fright Franchise ‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’ Blumhouse-Bound?
For months, there have been rumors that Warner Bros./New Line would put into turnaround Five Nights At Freddys, a thriller that is basically the tale of a night security guard terrorized by animatronic robots at a Chuck E Cheese-like restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. It had been developed at the studio with Gil Kenan once attached to direct, with David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame Smith and Roy Lee as producers. The studio pulled it back from turnaround a few months… Read
‘Jumanji’: How Director Jake Kasdan & Producer Matt Tolmach Are Changing The Game Of The Classic Book – CinemaCon
Sony capped off their CinemaCon presentation tonight with a brand new five-minute clip of its upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, due out on Dec. 22. Introducing Dwayne Johnson, the studio’s worldwide marketing and distribution chief Josh Greenstein said that the movie will appeal to everyone “from eight to 80.”
Released 22 years ago, the original Jumanji was built as a Robin Williams blockbuster vehicle at the height of his B.O. trajectory post Mrs. Doubtfire. Based… Read
‘Aquaman’s Jason Momoa To Star, Brad Peyton To Direct ‘Just Cause’ Film Based On Popular Video Game
EXCLUSIVE: A feature film based on the popular Square Enix video game Just Cause is getting closer to reality and the plans are to make a big-screen franchise from it. Jason Momoa, who stars as Aquaman in the hotly anticipated Justice League and has his own spin-off film for the character, has signed on to star and Brad Peyton has stepped in to helm the feature film from a screenplay by John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World). Both Momoa and Peyton… Read
Don Winslow & Shane Salerno Reteam To Shape ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon’ Game
Don Winslow and Shane Salerno, who co-wrote the script for Oliver Stone’s Savages based on Winslow’s novel and are co-writing again for Winslow’s The Cartel — are back together again. The pair has teamed to create the cartel-themed narrative for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, the latest video game in Ubisoft series that streets next month.
Winslow might know a thing or two about cartels: he wrote 2015’s The Cartel, the second in his drug-war novel series that began… Read
Cartoon Network Orders ‘Mighty Magiswords’ Season 2, Plans New Game
Turner's Cartoon Network has ordered a second season of comedy series Mighty Magiswords and will launch a related mobile game called Surely You Quest.
The series follows the adventures of a sibling team of Warriors for Hire on heroic quests using their Magiswords. The immersive MagiMobile app allows users to collect the swords, and users of the new mobile game will be able to use their Magisword collections while gathering and upgrading more of the weapons.
Mighty Magiswor… Read