The latest development in the often dysfunctional love affair between Hollywood and Silicon Valley has 20th Century Fox snatching up movie rights to Electronic Arts’ The Sims, the best-selling PC video game of all time. According to Daily Variety, the live-action project has been set up with Fox-based producer John Davis (Norbit, Eragon). Steve Asbell is overseeing for Fox with SIMS Studio boss Rod Humble making sure the studio does right by EA.
Scribe Brian Lynch (Scary Movie 3) has been given the arduous task of crafting an entertaining story from what is essentially a lifestlye simulation game. While details of the script are being kept secret, the film will reportedly play with the concept of having infinite power and how one chooses to use it. Comparisons to the Jim Carey comedy Bruce Almighty might emerge as the project progresses.
In the past five years, the Sims franchise has raked in more than $1.6 billion in sales and recently earned creator Will Wright the Vanguard Award at the 2007 Producers Guild Awards. The original game has been translated into 17 different languages and has spawned a hit sequel and a slew of top-selling expansion packs including The Sims: Livin’ Large, The Sims: House Party, The Sims: Hot Date, The Sims: Vacation, The Sims: Unleashed, The Sims: Superstar, The Sims: Makin’ Magic and The Sims 2 Pets. More information on the games can be found at www.thesims.com.