X-Men Film, Comic Scribes Retained for Game

Activision inc. has tapped screenwriter Zak Penn to co-write the upcoming video game based on 20th Century Fox’s and Marvel Studios’ eagerly awaited sequel, X-Men: The Last Stand. Penn, who co-scripted the feature film, is working with renowned comic-book scribe Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men, Iron Fist) to bring compelling story elements to X-Men: The Official Game, which will hit retail on May 16.

Penn, whose screenwriting credits include Marvel’s 2005 Daredevil spin-off, Elektra, and the upcoming video game-based Spyhunter; Nowhere to Run, also scripted Activision’s Fantastic Four video game. He penned the latest X-Men feature with Simon Kinberg, who wrote XXX: State of the Union and the box office smash Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which he is developing into a TV series.

X-Men: The Official Game will allow players to command the unique superpowers of Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Iceman as they continue the epic struggle to preserve mutant-kind. The title will also feature a musical score created by leading sound company womb music and Chance Thomas, composer of the King Kong, Lord of the Rings and Unreal video games. The game is being developed by Z-Axis for PlayStation 2, Xbox and Xbox 360; Hypnos Ent. for GameCube; Amaze Ent. for Nintendo DS; Wayforward Technologies for Game Boy Advance; and Beenox Studios for PC.

The PC and console versions will be rated ‘Teen’ for violence and the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS titles are recommended for everyone 10 and older due to fantasy violence.