FUNimation to Turn Dragon Age into Anime

Canada-based video game maker BioWare and anime importer FUNimation have agreed to collaborate on an anime-style feature film based on the Dragon Age game.

The movie is set to begin production this month with a home video release planned for 2011. The movie will be executive produced by BioWare’s Mark Darrah and Mike Laidlaw and FUNimation’s Gen Fukunaga and Chris Moujaes.

“Anime is a great medium for us to continue the robust Dragon Age story,” said Darrah, executive producer for the Dragon Age franchise. “Partnering with FUNimation ensures that we are delivering the exceptional quality and entertainment value that our Dragon Age fans expect.”

“We are thrilled to be working with EA and BioWare on the production of the Dragon Age anime feature,” said Fukunaga. “We are going to be bringing the classic visual and storytelling techniques found in anime to create a film that will extend the narrative of the world BioWare has created.”

Dragon Age is the first anime movie to be developed through FUNimation’s Original Entertainment team, a co-production initiative the company announced in November.

BioWare is an Electronic Arts game studio.