THQ Inc. announced it has been named interactive game licensee for Columbia Pictures' next performance-capture film, MONSTER HOUSE from award-winning exec producers Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. The film is directed by Gil Kenan, produced by Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey and is also exec produced by Jason Clark. THQ's worldwide agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products includes videogames for console and select handheld gaming systems. The MONSTER HOUSE videogames are slated for release in conjunction with the film release in summer 2006.
"THQ is excited to work with Sony Pictures Ent., one of the premiere movie studios in Los Angeles, to bring MONSTER HOUSE to the interactive world," said Germaine Gioia, vp, licensing, THQ. "We look forward to creating a fun and humorous game that will enable the moviegoers to extend their experience beyond the movie theater."
"We are thrilled to be partnering with THQ to bring MONSTER HOUSE into the hands of videogame audiences throughout the world," said Mark Caplan, exec director, interactive, Sony Consumer Products. "With THQ's long history of quality adaptations of major motion pictures we are confident that the videogame will allow fans of MONSTER HOUSE to relive the action-adventure and graphical richness of the film itself."
Columbia Pictures' MONSTER HOUSE is a tale about three kids (Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner and Spencer Locke) who must do battle with a mysterious home that is determined to eat every trick or treater in sight on Halloween. Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Catherine O'Hara, Kathleen Turner and Fred Willard are among the stars lined up for MONSTER HOUSE. In an unprecedented opening, MONSTER HOUSE will be released in more than 100 theaters in REAL D's digital 3-D format day-and-date with its regular national release on July 21, 2006.
The videogames will allow players to choice from three character and experience key moments of the movie as they explore the house room by room.
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 subsidiary of Sony Corp. of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corp. 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. For more information, visit www.sonypictures.com.
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, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located in the U.S., U.K., Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Korea and Australia. More information may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com.