DreamWorks Fast-Tracks Fatal Frame

DreamWorks SKG and game publisher Tecmo are moving forward with plans to produce a feature film based on the hit survival-horror video game Fatal Frame. Meanwhile, Tecmo is putting the finishing touches on a sequel to the game. Fatal Frame 2 is due out this November.

Writer/producer John Rogers (The Core, the upcoming Catwoman) has come aboard as producer and DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg will also be heavily involved. The latest developments were announced at the 2003 Tokyo Game Show.

DreamWorks confirmed its commitment by announcing that they were fast-tracking the movie and working on finalizing the script. A director will be named shortly and casting will begin soon after.

“I was attracted to the idea of doing a classic, old school-haunted house picture,” Rogers says in a release. “By focusing, too, on cool Japanese cultural additions and different ghost mythos most North American audiences are unfamiliar with, we can do something unique. None of the rules about the supernatural, the characters, or our audience apply in the Fatal Frame world.”

Fatal Frame is just one of several films based on horror games set to hit the big screen. The success of last year’s Resident Evil, based on the Capcom games, has opened the flood gates. Studios have since green lit adaptations of Sega’s House of the Dead (in theaters Oct. 10), Infogrames’ Alone in the Dark and Konami’s Silent Hill. Fans can also look froward to the sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

In the meantime, gamers can soon return to a favorite haunt with Tecmo’s Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly. The sequel follows the chilling tale of twin sisters trapped in an abandoned village and forced to deal with spirits of a once-sacred, now-demonic ritual. The psychological thriller features a unique camera-combat system that can now be upgraded. For more information visit www.fatalframe2.com.