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Paramount Acquires Midway’s Fear & Respect

Paramount Pictures has reached an agreement to acquire the worldwide film rights to Midway Games' FEAR & RESPECT, a videogame based in the urban environment of South Central Los Angeles. Currently being developed in collaboration with writer/director John Singleton (BOYZ N THE HOOD), the urban/action adventure game is scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter of 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Christine Peters (HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS) will be collaborating with the game developer to produce the film.

"FEAR & RESPECT brings the unique urban experience of South Central Los Angeles to the gaming world in a way that is both realistic and exciting," said Peters. "I'm thrilled to be working with Midway Games to turn this riveting game into an equally exciting major motion picture."

FEAR & RESPECT is a "3rd person" videogame about a young man who has to make survival choices in the urban world of Los Angeles. The decisions the player makes influences the events (and ultimately the outcome) of the story.

Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc., one of the world's largest entertainment and media companies and a leader in the production, promotion and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and music. For more information, visit www.paramount.com.

Midway Games Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software. More information can be found at www.midway.com.

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