Bits Studio gets Good, Bad, Ugly

UK studio outguns other developers for rights to 1966 Western; game moseys into stores next year for multiple platforms.

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If it's been on the silver screen, it's a candidate for a small-screen game. That's been the case for several movies recently, and not just films new to theaters. Several classic films, including Scarface, The Godfather, and Taxi Driver, are being ported to a console near you.

Film buffs can add one more to that list, as Bits Studios today announced that it has acquired the rights to make a game based on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in a deal with MGM Interactive, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter. The 1966 film, from director Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, was the final film in The Man With No Name trilogy.

No details of the game have emerged yet, save for the fact that it will be from a third-person perspective and will feature Ennio Morricone's familiar score. Foo Katan, CEO of Bits, told the trade magazine that he is looking into getting the likenesses and voice talents of the movie's actors for the game.

It wouldn't be the first game for Eastwood, as the Academy Award-winning actor, director, and former mayor of Carmel, California, has signed on to do voice work for Foundation 9's game interpretation of Dirty Harry, set for release on next-generation systems next year.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is set for release in 2006 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC, and PSP.

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