DreamWorks Animation has tapped THQ Inc. to develop and publish video games based on the studio’s upcoming animated feature film Master Mind (working title). The movie is currently slated to arrive in theatres on November 5, 2010. The exclusive licensing agreement grants THQ exclusive rights to publish interactive games based on the property for all console and handheld systems, wireless devices and Windows PCs. It also marks the end of DreamWorks Animation’s long-time partnership with publisher Activision.
Master Mind is a satirical send-up of the superhero genre in which a super villain must find new motivation after accidentally killing his archrival, Uberman, in the opening scene of the movie. The pic was brought to DreamWorks Animation by Ben Stiller’s and Stuart Cornfeld’s Red Hour Films, and is being written by Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons. DreamWorks veterans Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson will each make their feature directorial debut with the movie after helming the 2006 animated short First Flight, which was screened with Over the Hedge in many theaters.
Activision has published games based on DreamWorks Animations’ films since 2004. The company recently bowed its Xbox LIVE game based on Kung fu Panda, which hits theaters on June 6, and will continue to build interactive experiences around such upcoming titles as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Nov. 7, 2008) and Monsters vs. Aliens (March 27, 2009). Activision even opened a dedicated studio facility on the DreamWorks campus in Burbank, Calif. in May of 2006 in order to facilitate the collaboration between its development teams and studio creatives.