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Universal Moves On Spyhunter Game Movie

The convergence between Hollywood movies and games plays on as Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to develop the classic 1980s THE SPYHUNTER videogame from Midway Games Inc. into a major live-action motion picture to possibly star World Wrestling Federation superstar, The Rock, who would portray Alec Sects, commander of the worlds most sophisticated spy vehicle, the G-8155 Interceptor. Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh are slated to produce a script by Michael Brandt and Derek Hass. The writers did the screenplay for Universal Pictures 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, the sequel to THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, based upon another video game.

"SPYHUNTER'S fast-paced action, relentless mission-based gameplay and overall cool spy theme make it a natural for the big screen," said Helene Sheeler, vp of marketing, Midway Games. "THE SPYHUNTER deal marks the success of Midways effort to proactively showcase its top properties to the movie industry," added Steve Booth, Midway vp of licensing. "We have a rich library of popular games, which will translate well into other forms of media."

THE SPYHUNTER2, the latest iteration of the classic videogame, is scheduled to ship fall 2003 for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox and Nintendo GameCube.