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THQ Scores Worldwide Videogame Rights to Stormbreaker Movie

THQ Inc. has the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and publish videogames based on the forthcoming teen spy movie, STORMBREAKER. The movie follows the award-winning author Anthony Horowitz's series of best-selling Alex Rider books. The videogames, developed by Altron for Nintendo DS and Razorback Developments for Game Boy Advance, are scheduled for a simultaneous worldwide launch with the movie in summer 2006.

Players in the game play the role of Alex Rider to out-spy, outwit and out-cool evil in this action adventure on Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance. Featuring third-person stealth gameplay, fast-paced racing action, intense fighting and engaging, gadget-based mini-games, players can relive defining moments from the STORMBREAKER movie and become the ultimate spy.

The first of Horowitz's six best-selling novels about reluctant schoolboy special agent, STORMBREAKER. was named in a poll of U.S. children as the book they most wanted to see turned into a movie. The action-packed film, directed by Geoffrey Sax from a screenplay by Horowitz, stars newcomer Alex Pettyfer as Alex Rider, with Sarah Bolger, Robbie Coltrane, Stephen Fry, Damian Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Sophie Okonedo, Missi Pyle, Andy Serkis, Alicia Silverstone, Ashley Walters and Mickey Rourke.

STORMBREAKER. is produced by Marc Samuelson and Peter Samuelson, whose producing credits include ARLINGTON ROAD, WILDE, REVENGE OF THE NERDS and TOM & VIV and, as exec producers, KEEPING MUM, THE LIBERTINE and the forthcoming CHROMOPHOBIA.

Entertainment Film Distributors will release the motion picture STORMBREAKER. the U.K. on July 21, followed by an Aug. 18 release by The Weinstein Co. and worldwide throughout summer 2006 by leading local distributors.

"Alex Rider has a huge worldwide following, having sold over nine million books to date," said Jennifer Wyatt-Ambler, senior global brand manager, THQ Inc. "We are excited to work with Anthony Horowitz and Samuelson Prods. to bring the Alex Rider movie franchise to a whole new fan base with an exhilarating, action-packed game."

"Our decision to work with THQ to bring the STORMBREAKER. videogame to market was based on the company's vast expertise with leading global licenses," said Peter Samuelson, producing the film with his partner/brother Marc Samuelson, plus Steve Christian and Andreas Grosch. "We look forward to seeing the brand extended into the videogame market and allowing consumers the opportunity to be the martial arts, parachuting, scuba diving, 14-year-old action spy who is Alex Rider."

THQ Inc. is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com.

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