Namco Hometek will bring Universal’s upcoming animated feature, Curious George, to the game space. The publisher secured the rights from Universal Studios Consumer Products Group and plans to develop titles for consoles, handhelds and PCs in time for the movie’s Feb. 10, 2006 theatrical release.
Originally published in 1941, the Curious George children’s book from authors H. A. Rey and Margret Rey has never been out of print. In 1998, Houghton-Mifflin began publishing new Curious George adventures and continues to release new titles. Books in the evergreen franchise have sold more than 27 million copies worldwide and have been published in 17 languages.
To capture the style of the book’s iconic illustrations, the long-awaited feature will be animated in 2D. Will Ferrell (Elf, Old School) lends his voice to The Man With the Yellow Hat, leading a cast that includes Dick Van Dyke, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Eugene Levy and Joan Plowright.
A production of Universal Pictures and Imagine Ent., Curious George is directed by Matt O’Callaghan (Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas) and produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Jon Shapiro and David Kirschner.
In addition to the animated feature Universal Home Entertainment Prods., in association with Imagine Ent. and WGBH-TV Boston, is producing an animated Curious George preschool television series, with 30 half-hour episodes scheduled to air on PBS KIDS beginning in the fall of 2006.
As a video game, the property will join such popular Namco Hometek franchises as Tekken, SOULCALIBUR, Dead to Rights, Pac-Man World, Ridge Racer, Time Crisis and ACECOMBAT. For more information on Namco and its products, go to www.namco.com.