Jagged Alliance to shred big screen

Strategy First partners with Union Entertainment to bring the mercenaries to the movies.

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A "truly original" movie spin-off from a game is coming, according to publisher Strategy First. That would be a film version of the Jagged Alliance series--to be titled, originally, Jagged Alliance.

The project is a film version of the Jagged Alliance series, which will be produced by largely unknown Hollywood-based multimedia entertainment company Union Entertainment. The Jagged Alliance series tells the story of an elite group of mercenaries who undertake a variety of missions at the whim of the highest bidder. The film version will focus on such aspects as the cutthroat relationships between the characters, who must rely on but can never trust each other.

Union president Richard Leibowitz commented, "Jagged Alliance is high on character and action, but with a dark humor that fans relish. [It] has a solid premise, and its character-driven game story makes it much better suited to film adaptation than many other game properties. Those elements are key to successful game-to-film translations."

Strategy First has signed up Nick Nunziata, producer of upcoming New Line Cinema titles Meg and Grizzly Park, to work on the film.

The Jagged Alliance series started in 1994 as a turn-based strategy DOS game, and has so far spawned five sequels. There is currently a Jagged Alliance 3D game for the PC being developed by MiST Land South and was due for release in "early 2006." This project failed to materialise, but it is still "under development," according to the release. A Jagged Alliance 2 version for the DS has also been announced.

Discussion

36 comments
Yams1980
Yams1980

This movie will never happen. But if it did, it would basically be like the movie 'The Expendables', but with jagged alliance named characters i guess? Theres so many merc movies out there that just aren't any good, theres no point putting the jagged alliance name on another generic movie plot.

TonimusPrime
TonimusPrime

I LOVE the games, but a movie... nooOOOO!

luyut
luyut

this is AWESOME!!!!! cant wait for the game and the MOviE

JackfnBurton
JackfnBurton

Wow...I still have JA 1 and 2. Still pretty entertaining when I feel like hauling out my old 486DX2 for a blast from the past. LOL I'd be stoked for the movie, but of course this depends on who directs. People, can I get a JUST SAY NO TO UWE BOLL?

Superks
Superks

JA3. I am waiting for you... It have been years.... I believe I would cry on the day you are out, with my tears of happiness.

sunbridger
sunbridger

OMG, I hope they'll get a real good Ivan!

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

I don't see the name Uwe Boll so it might work.

Hikiera
Hikiera

Well I'm still waiting for the game.

djilaz
djilaz

Well.. rezident evil 1 and 2 was a good movie insipired by a game, Tomb Raider why not Jagged Alliance. On the other hand there is many merceneries and assasins movies . Who knows we will see

oardem
oardem

This could be fun. Let's hope they find a not so nice Ivan... (krasha, krasha (??))

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

They didn't canceled the game. They just decided to make a movie too.

Rangent
Rangent

Let me get this straight... did they cancel this game to make a movie about it instead? Interesting but dissappointing...

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Oh great. A video game movie, I'm sure this will be great...

khatibi22
khatibi22

I loved JA and I am curious to see the movie. Would rather play a sequel though... And hey guys! whoever reads this message, I will be more than glad to make friends with JA fans!

khatibi22
khatibi22

I loved JA and I am curious to see the movie. Would rather play a sequel though... And hey guys! whoever reads this message, I will be more than glad to make friends with JA fans!

0___________o
0___________o

I Just want a new JA game ive seen anof war movies i still play JA 2 but it needs a facelift

ShotGunBunny
ShotGunBunny

I like JA a lot, but a moive for a game that's unknown to most? But....nobody's ever tried that before! So it has to work! But seriously, JA is JA because it's a great turn based strategy game with RPG elements, I doubt they'll be able to translate that to a movie.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Now we need pc publishers looking at novels and independent movies that have great characters and stories and bringing them to life in the interactive gaming scene. Then we might see more decent games and less shallow, cookie cutter games we get now!

bodylotion
bodylotion

I want to buy Jagged Alliance 2 from Steam but i won't pay 20 bucks for a game that old:P

A-TEX
A-TEX

Union Entertainment? Don't be surprised if it's a stinker.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

A Jagged Alliance movie can work. It's not a high concept sci-fi/fantasy geekfest. It's basicly an action/war movie with dark humor. I just wish they have a someone like Sam Raimi doing it. And a new game, still mostly like the original but with all the advancements expected of a modern game.

monco59
monco59

I find it a bit odd Jagged Alliance was chosen to be brought on to the silver screen. No disrespect, but surely there are other IPs more deserving, not to mention a bit more in the minds of consumers.

ekisom
ekisom

"Groooving!!!" well, thats the only quote i remember from one of the JA characters.. the movie will most probably suck! of all the games in the world to bring to the big screen... someone picks this one... why??

namuseta
namuseta

JA 3D pass JA Movie pass New 2D JA with orginal voice cast YES Please

dsmayo
dsmayo

Great, now they'll probably water down the new JA games so that they can "appeal to a broader audience." I can see it now, Jagged Alliance the FPS. A nice reward for all of us fans who have been loyal to the JA license for years...

sciss0rz
sciss0rz

This will be....mediocre

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

Jagged Alliance 3D would be great, but I wish they'd do updates of Jagged Alliance 1 and 2 with better 2D graphics and all the original voiceovers preserved

des_kong
des_kong

GIve us Jagged Alliance 3D PC Game then do your movie!!! We have been waiting, waiting, waiting!!!

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I'd rather see an X-com movie, but I'll bite.

komradandre
komradandre

i hope this movie will be turn based also...

Pete5506
Pete5506

I will have to pass on this

ulrikz
ulrikz

Well, JA would work as a film, since it's a pretty loose universe but hmm.. JA2 is amazing. Can't wait for JA3.

Theman3788
Theman3788

o my gosh, anything they can do to make money. The original JA for DOS was the only truly good one, and even that still had its weak moments, dont try and milk a movie