<i>300</i> producer Brash-ly entering game industry

Legendary Pictures CEO is raising $150 million to create new independent developer; PC game based on Spartan blockbuster among half-dozen "major" projects.

When 300 overran movie theaters earlier this month, many critics compared it to a video game. Perhaps not so coincidentally, one of the producers of the $162 million-grossing action film is looking to get into the video game business.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull is in the final stages of raising $150 million for a new independent developer-publisher called Brash Entertainment LLC. Tull is cofounding the company with Internet millionaire Bert Ellis, who already owns a record label called Brash Music.

According to the article, Brash Entertainment will specialize in games "that will be licensed with major movie, book, and music titles." The company reportedly has six projects in the works, including a 300 game for PCs. (A PlayStation Portable title based on the movie was released earlier this year.) Speaking with the paper, Ellis promised the publisher's game roster will "all be brands you'll know."

For his part, Tull already has some ties with one of the biggest brands in the game industry. During the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the New York Times reported that Legendary Pictures is developing a film adaptation of World of Warcraft. Also, former Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Jason Hall's new film production company is located next door to 300 director Zack Snyder's office on the Warner Bros. lot.

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117 comments
illiag
illiag

Unlike many respected users of gamespot i will not argue on wether the movie was or was not historically correct I will only say as true fan of that GREAT film that i have all the hope fo this game. BY THE WAY NOT ALL LOTR GAMES SUCK. i wolud say many of them were pretty good

scaredydog333
scaredydog333

i hope they could make a good game from this... but i don't think its gonna happen

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

.... another nondescript development company which only made headlines because Tull helped with 300 .... enough said.

Pete5506
Pete5506

god why do they want to hurt such a good movie

MxO
MxO

THIS - IS - ... ah, you get the idea.

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

Frank Miller has said that he based his 300 graphic novel on the true story but gave it a more mythological twist. That's why there may be creatures in the movie that obviously were not at the Battle of Thermopylae. Anyway, here's hoping that this 300 game comes to 360 and who knows, maybe this upstart company will get the Halo movie rolling again. You heard it here first.........................

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

amazing movie however i dont see it making to a game. i suspect a half assed job

Fathomglow
Fathomglow

The politics of politically correct movies and games aside (see gamespot news article about GRAW 2 being confiscated in parts of Mexico), the movie was a toss-up to begin with. With no compelling storyline and the worst dialogue I've seen in YEARS.. it had two things going for it; an interesting visual style and lots.. and I do mean LOTS of action.. And when it comes down to it, thats usually what makes a good game worth playing. So if Legendar Pics wants to get in the game business.. hey.. good for them, maybe they can bring something fresh to the table. I dont know why there are so many "its not historically accurate" threads.. of course.. ITS NOT HISTORICALLY ACCURATE!.. it came from a comic book.. not a text book. Seeing the orc from LOTR, an Undead Abomination from Warcraft 3 and all the Spartans in tidy whities should have made it obvious....lolz

Fire_Zealot
Fire_Zealot

Also, I have a persian(iranian) friend, so I have no hatred or dis respect for them. Heck, I think the world in general is taking this to far. Its a movie. Its based on fact, and was embellished and added to by a comic book artist. He took some liberties. We should all just enjoy the film for what it is, an artisicly done action flick.

Fire_Zealot
Fire_Zealot

Guys, while the Thermopalye was a real battle, there were no elephents. The persians werent gay lovers. There were no un natural spirits, or orks, or anything like that. It was 2 armies facing eachother, in which the Spartans, while dieing, suceeded in their objective. ( the battle of salamis in witch the athenian fleet decimates the persians) This is all coming from a real Spartan too! ( my acencestors lived in Loutraki, a small village in sparta)

Dust24311
Dust24311

Lord-azrael... what are you even talking about? There are written documents from all sides accurately describing the events of the battle, archaeological digs that have uncovered Spartan, Arcadian, Thebian, and Persian artifacts. This is like 2600 year-old Holocaust denial. Why do people deny historical fact for politican means?

AceCometh
AceCometh

I'm very skeptic about videogame/movie crossovers. It typically doesn't go very well for either. I'm happy having World of Warcraft as just a game. Please don't ruin it in the theaters. lord-azrael wrote: "what the myth battle that has no evidence to even back up that it actually happened,difference between myth and reality" Though the movie was highly stylized for it's modern representation, it is actual history. There were events left out, including a naval battle, probably for time and money reasons. There is proof that it happened and records dating back to that time to support it. I personally have nothing against Persians, but to say that it's all just a myth sounds like something the president of Iran would say. Iranians aren't Arabs, they're Persians and their president doesn't even believe the Holocaust took place! And in case you were wondering, that's actual history as well.

lord-azrael
lord-azrael

Dust24311 Sheiko "This is correct but to seriously tarnish Persian image in the process and demonize a whole country doesn't do any good for democracy." Who is tarnishing the Persian image? It told a historically accurate story. It would be like saying that the sky is blue, but then not holding the sky accountable for it's color! what the myth battle that has no evidence to even back up that it actually happened,difference between myth and reality

Dust24311
Dust24311

Sheiko "This is correct but to seriously tarnish Persian image in the process and demonize a whole country doesn't do any good for democracy." Who is tarnishing the Persian image? It told a historically accurate story. It would be like saying that the sky is blue, but then not holding the sky accountable for it's color!

thomanji
thomanji

I am all for it. Its time for EA to get some challengers so maybe this improves the games a bit and make them care about quality again. Since we are all suckers and by whatever EA comes up with it would be refreshing to see more independent game developers pop up again. Maybe it would produce finally a movie game that is worth wile.

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

The chances to get quality games from here are almost 0 :(

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

Wow! He's got balls, this man, Mr. Tull! Good on him! If they're gonna be making licensed games with the proper development times in addition to the movie tie-in games then that's OK for me! It's quite unusual how a version of the 300 game is coming out for the PC - would that mean that it'll already have had an extended development time with its own graphics & the improved gameplay stuff?

chadstew
chadstew

yea.... i was pretty pissed about the spider man movies.... they made spiders look good and goblins look bad.... makes a lot of **** sense jackasses, find something real to argue about rather than a MOVIE based on a COMIC BOOK..... my advice for you iranian man is if you don't like the movie, then go watch kindom of heaven where your side wins...

ufopuller
ufopuller

It's a re-make of rather old movie. The facts are great. They just have better flick tricks now

Sheiko
Sheiko

"Dust24311 People that think 300 was a lie should watch "The Last Stand of the 300" on the history channel. While Snyder and Miller did take some liberties, the movie's overall plot is largely based in FACT. The key point being that the battle of Thermopylae is what kept democracy, in it's infancy, from being snuffed out by the Persians. We should all embrace this battle, otherwise who knows how long it would have taken for another democracy to rise up and give power to the people." This is correct but to seriously tarnish Persian image in the process and demonize a whole country doesn't do any good for democracy.

raziellich
raziellich

Holy **** Someone from my area actually did something important! (Tull graduated from my high school back in the eighties.) Gives me hope.

Dust24311
Dust24311

People that think 300 was a lie should watch "The Last Stand of the 300" on the history channel. While Snyder and Miller did take some liberties, the movie's overall plot is largely based in FACT. The key point being that the battle of Thermopylae is what kept democracy, in it's infancy, from being snuffed out by the Persians. We should all embrace this battle, otherwise who knows how long it would have taken for another democracy to rise up and give power to the people.

MrGrime
MrGrime

FFS, it's just an over exaggerated comic about what really happened and turned into a movie. Who gives?!

aminfri
aminfri

well i am Persian ( Iranian) and yes the movie was great but the fact that they showed persians like that is sad for those of you who dont know i gotta say that khashayar shah( Persians king in the movie) was a great and just king of Persia and we always speak of him with respect he also admired the bravery of 300 and said "i could have take the whole world if i just had those soldiers by my side" i think its not fair to speak of him and Persians like that at least they could use some other comic like names instead of true ones

BiGBOOtyBandit
BiGBOOtyBandit

The dude below me... Ofcourse the 300 is a BIG LIE!!!! The persians and their 150,000 "PEACEFUL"army just wanted to visit the greeks and have a cup of hot java with them!!!! Everyone knows that!!! The 300 was F@##ing AWESOME!!!

SnakeIRye
SnakeIRye

I'm looking forward to their terrible jingoistic game.

Born4this
Born4this

iliyun: look can we all agree that we dont want E.A. to make this game ? or any other movie-game ? Born4This: I agree whole-heartedly! They F*CK3D up the LOTR games!

D34DLY_V1P3R
D34DLY_V1P3R

hey aygol guess what, the Lord of the Rings isnt a true story either but its still an awseome movie.

AlexTaldren
AlexTaldren

LoL. If I didn't know any better... I'd say we had a brainwashed Iranian posting comments to this article. Get your society to treat its women with respect and dignity first, then we will talk about Hollywood movies.

laudude7
laudude7

You sure the movie isn't accurate? I swear flute playing camels were a common occurrence back in the day.

bawa_almighty
bawa_almighty

if hel make games theyl rock for sure !! yipeee!

Hokage00
Hokage00

ok aygol this movie was not based on pure reality. it is based on a COMIC BOOK by Frank Miller.... So STFU... stop complaining that the movie isn't historically correct.. You idiot

zsc4
zsc4

To be honest I can say I wont be looking forward to this, if more information is released on the game then I might consider it. But lets just say a movie to a game, you can never really know what will happen.

TJchief
TJchief

dude aygol its just a movie......im not defending what the other guy said because i dont know what he said but the is a movie that is loosly based on the battle of thermopolyae. in a good movie you have the main characters who usually go up against their enemy, who the viewer usually spends lees time getting to know. i know the true history of what happened and why (athens helped a city under persian rule rebel.....and by persian rule i mean they just paid taxes but were allowed to practice their own customs (not so bad imo)) but i enjoyed this movie for the mindless action flick that it was, dont look at it so hard and you might enjoy it

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

Games licensed to movie and book titles have been done before but I wonder what music titles are being considered. I for one will be looking forward to the game adaptation of Sir Mixalot's classic, Baby Got Back!

iliyun
iliyun

look can we all agree that we dont want E.A. to make this game ? or any other movie-game ?

aygol
aygol

hey hoopstar2323, I didn't say that the battle didn't happen, but I said that they showed Persians like ruthless monsters and evils. IT'S NOT TRUE. Persians have 5000 years of arts and culture, and they were never like that. Who are you? because you know NOTHING about Persians history. You don't even know the history, and you don't even know anything about the battle, because you're just an idiot that goes to see this garbage and comes here and writes stupid things. They made this movie becuase they are against Persians in POLITICS, and the movie tries to tell us that Persians are evils. I don't care. Some idiots like you go and watch these movies. Next time you better go and study the true history, and then come here and comment about Persians history. You know, I study history and I'm gonna get Ph.D after a few years, and I'm not stupid and arrogant like you.

GreenGoblin2099
GreenGoblin2099

WTH is aygol talking about?? man that has to be one of the best movies I've seen this year, if not the best. And btw, did ever crossed your mind that it was exaggerated for obvious reasons?? As for these news, as long as he produces games with the same quality as 300 (the movie) I think he could reach even Kojima on the production level of the games.

hoopstar2323
hoopstar2323

dude your a freakin idiot!! do you know anything about history?? the battle of thermopylae really happened, and although the story was changed minorly to make it more dramatic for an audience, around 300 spartans stood against close to 150,000 persians and stalled and hurt them enough to allow them to be defeated by the rest of the greeks shortly after. the movie doesnt put a bad light on the persians, they were just trying to conquer new territory, something every large powerful nation did back then. read up before you comment so stupidly and next time you wont look like such a fool.

iliyun
iliyun

i dont care who makes this game as long as it's NOT E.A.

aygol
aygol

Sorry for double posting. that's the browser's fault. I just pressed refresh while adding the comment.

aygol
aygol

The story of 300 is not even true. The producer just makes a story that is full of lies, and not true, and then people go and watch it and say : "That was awesome, and I've never seen a movie like this before". Well, this is so sad that people in here believe that these things are true, but they're NOT. They have made 300 to say that Persians are like that. Well, they can go to heck. Nobody cares about them. 300 is the worst movie ever made. Now who wants to play these crappy games that are from that producer? NOBODY, or maybe some stupid people, and idiots.

aygol
aygol

The story of 300 is not even true. The producer just makes a story that is full of lies, and not true, and then people go and watch it and say : "That was awesome, and I've never seen a movie like this before". Well, this is so sad that people in here believe that these things are true, but they're NOT. They have made 300 to say that Persians are like that. Well, they can go to heck. Nobody cares about them. 300 is the worst movie ever made. Now who wants to play these crappy games that are from that producer? NOBODY, or maybe some stupid people, and idiots.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Everyone loves 300 aygol, you are the first to deny it

aygol
aygol

300 sucks anyway. Who cares about it?

weathertrooper
weathertrooper

I agree, almost all movie-to-game adaptations are horrible. However, if anyone says they ALL suck, then that person needs to play GoldenEye. But IMO, GoldenEye is the one of the best movie to game things, if not the best FPS ever. Also, GE came out two years after the movie.