Hey folks, Harry here... With Lorenzo DiBonaventura taking an NC-17 video game like DOOM and turning it into a PG-13 namby pamby would be film adaptation... I think it is interesting to see that Tarantino is taking his uber-violent film and is working to turn it into an uber violent video game. Boy, this'll be one for little Johnny! I can just see it, little girls around the world will cease playing with BARBIE dolls and will pick up the controls and become the revenge crazy BRIDE. Suddenly the girls in elementary schools and junior high schools begin rabidly kicking the boys' asses with the killer moves they'll learn from this game... "What a wonderful world it could beeee....."
BLACK LABEL GAMES AND QUENTIN TARANTINO PARTNER TO PRODUCE A "KILL BILL" VIDEO GAME
Miramax Films and Black Label Games Sign Co-Marketing Deal to Cross-Promote "Kill Bill" Franchise
LOS ANGELES, CA. October 01, 2002—Black Label Games, a studio of the Games division of Vivendi Universal Publishing (VU Games), announced today that it has signed an agreement to license the interactive rights to Quentin Tarantino's ("Pulp Fiction," "Reservoir Dogs") upcoming Miramax film "Kill Bill."
Slated for theatrical release in October 2003, "Kill Bill," which is being produced by Lawrence Bender through their A Band Apart production company, will star Uma Thurman ("Pulp Fiction," "Beautiful Girls") and Lucy Liu ("Charlie's Angels," "Ally McBeal"). According to the terms of the agreement, Black Label Games will develop, produce and publish at least one video game based on "Kill Bill" for next generation consoles and the PC, with Tarantino serving as creative consultant on the project and providing exclusive film footage for the game's development.
"The combination of our creative and technology teams coupled with Quentin's vision promises to deliver a high-quality interactive entertainment experience," said Jim Wilson, president of Black Label Games. "We are excited to extend this innovative franchise into an action game featuring a unique cast of female characters that will appeal to gamers everywhere."
Additionally, Miramax Films and Black Label Games will co-market and cross-promote the "Kill Bill" title. The video game will launch simultaneously with the home video/DVD in 2Q 2004.
The William Morris Agency, through its William Morris Consulting division, matched the "Kill Bill" video game project with Black Label Games. The final deal was negotiated by WMA and Carlos Goodman of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler on behalf of Tarantino. Steve Hutensky, evp of business affairs, and Barry Littman, vp of business and legal affairs, negotiated the agreement on behalf of Miramax.
About "Kill Bill"
Uma Thurman is going to "Kill Bill," in Quentin Tarantino's latest film about a former assassin betrayed by her boss Bill (David Carradine). Four years after surviving a bullet in the head, the bride (Thurman) emerges from a coma and swears revenge on her former master and his deadly squad of international assassins, played by Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox and Michael Madsen.
About Black Label Games
Black Label Games is a studio of the Games division of Vivendi Universal Publishing, and is focused on developing titles based on original intellectual properties, as well as content licensed from external strategic partners. Black Label Games' title line-up includes "The Thing," the critically-acclaimed action/survival-horror game, a sequel to John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic movie of the same name, "Enclave" for the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft, and "Mace Griffin: Bounty Hunter," for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCubeÃ” and Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft. The unit is also releasing games based on the great 20th century literary epic, J.R.R. Tolkien's worldwide best-selling saga "The Lord of the Rings," as part of Vivendi Universal Publishing's long-term agreement with Tolkien Enterprises.