Midway Games has acquired multi-territory video game publishing rights to Warner Bros.’ upcoming CG animated feature, The Ant Bully. Through the deal with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Midway will shrink young gamers to the size of ants on console, handheld and PC platforms.
Produced by Playtone Prods., in association with DNA Prods., The Ant Bully is based on John Nickle’s popular children’s book of the same name. The book tells the tale of a young boy who floods an ant colony with his water-gun, and is magically shrunken down to insect size and sentenced to hard labor in the ruins. Before returning to normal stature, he comes to appreciate the selfless nature of the ants and learns a valuable lesson about tolerance and empathy.
The movie is being directed and produced by John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius), with Playtone Prods.’ Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman also producing. Keith Alcorn is exec producer. The all-star voice cast will include Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, Lily Tomlin, Cheri Oteri, Alan Cumming, Regina King, Ricardo Montalban and newcomer Zach Tyler Eisen.
The Ant Bully will be released simultaneously in IMAX 3D and conventional 2D formats on August 4, 2006.