​S. Korean game developer partners with Sony Pictures to create movie adaptation of FPS game

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : Febuary 13, 2020, 11:34 | Updated : Febuary 13, 2020, 11:34

[Courtesy of Smilegate]

SEOUL -- Smilegate, a South Korean game developer, has partnered with Sony Pictures Entertainment to create a movie adaptation of "CrossFire," a first-person shooter PC game.

CrossFire was launched in South Korea and China in 2007. Although the game did not receive much attention at home, it has been successful globally with about 660 million players worldwide as of 2018.

Smilegate said in a statement on Thursday that it has signed a distribution rights deal with Sony Entertainment for the movie adaptation of CrossFire. In 2015, Smilegate signed a production deal with Neal Moritz, the producer of "Fast and Furious." Chuck Hogan, an American screenwriter, agreed to pen the movie in 2017.

Smilegate said that Tencent Pictures, the film-making wing of Chinese media giant Tencent, will co-produce and co-finance the film. CrossFire is one of the most popular PC games in China.

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