Europacorp has made a pre-emptive move to acquire TV rights to Ruiner, a new video game title from Devolver Digital and Reikon Games. DJ2 Entertainment co-founder and CEO Dmitri M. Johnson, whose company discovered the game and partnered with Luc Besson’s Europacorp shortly after its September release, is executive producing along Besson and with DJ2’s Stephan Bugaj.
Described as John Wick meets The Matrix, Ruiner is a cyberpunk action game set in a world where a brutal corporation harvests human emotions from the poor to sell to the rich. It hero is a man with a deadly set of skills and a hackable neural implant chip who must break free from corporate control to save his brother from being harvested – a mission that puts him on a fatal collision course with a very powerful enemy. Watch a trailer for Ruiner below.
EuropaCorp is starting to approach writers and directors and plans to take the project out in 2018.
DJ2 Entertainment recently sold video game rights for narrative adaptations to Paramount (Sonic the Hedgehog), Hulu (Life Is Strange), the Russo Brothers Studio (Little Nightmares), Gold Circle (We Happy Few) and Original Film (Sleeping Dogs). Europacorp is in production on Season 2 of Taken and coming off the sci-fi actioner Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
The deal for Ruiner was represented and brokered by APA and Bloom Hergott.