Paramount Commands Midway’s Fear & Respect

Paramount Pictures is set to acquire film rights to Midway Games’ Fear & Respect, an upcoming video game set in the intense urban environment of South Central Los Angeles.

The interactive title is being developed in collaboration with writer/director John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood; 2 Fast, 2 Furious; Shaft), and is slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Producer Christine Peters (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) will work with the game developer to bring the title to the screen. There is no word as to whether or not Singleton will direct.

Fear & Respect is a story-driven third-person game about a young man who must choose between instilling fear or inspiring respect in those he meets on the mean streets. The decisions the player makes influence the events and ultimately the outcome of the story.