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Majesco Talking Video Game Rights to Scorsese’s Taxi Driver Film

Majesco Ent. Co. talked its way into a deal to develop a videogame based on TAXI DRIVER, the classic Martin Scorsese-directed film from Columbia Pictures, now commemorating the 30th anniversary of the historic motion picture.

Papaya Studio is developing TAXI DRIVER into a game, via a licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP), and is scheduled to ship in spring 2006.

"Nominated for four Academy Awards, ' TAXI DRIVER ' remains one of the most iconoclastic films of our time, said Ken Gold, vp of marketing for Majesco. Compelling and powerful, the movie ensnares viewers in the seedy urban world of New York cabbie Travis Bickle, and we hope to do likewise with our game. We look forward to developing a game that remains true to the spirit and style of the movie, and embodies a total entertainment experience."

"We're excited to be working with Majesco on a game for TAXI DRIVER," stated Mark Caplan, exec director, Interactive, SPCP. "We're confident they, together with Papaya Studio, will create a game that successfully makes the transition from film to the video game world."

Written by Paul Schrader and released in 1976, TAXI DRIVER is a gritty, disturbing, film classic, featuring Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd and Peter Boyle, in a brutally compelling portrayal of alienation and psychoses.

Headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, Majesco Ent. Co. ( is an innovative provider of digital entertainment products and content. The company's three product lines consists of Games, which includes highly anticipated titles such as ADVENT RISING and JAWS UNLEASHED; VIDEOS, which highlights the company's platform-independent video compression technology; and Gadgets, which includes innovative digital entertainment products like FROGGER TV ARCADE.

Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP), a division of Columbia Tristar Consumer Marketing (CTCM), is based in Los Angeles and handles the merchandising and branding efforts for some of the most recognized properties in film and television.

Columbia Tristar Consumer Marketing is a division of Sony Pictures Ent. (SPE, SPE is a division of Sony Corp. of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries.