Cold Fear movie heating up

Indie studios Avatar Films, Sekretagent Productions scoop up big-screen rights to less-than-successful Ubisoft shooter.

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After Ubisoft shipped Cold Fear last May, the publisher was likely disappointed with the game's performance. As of February 2006, the first-person shooter has seen US sales of less than 70,000 copies on the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 combined, according to the NPD Group.

However, the game's less than stellar performance at retail hasn't stopped someone from scooping up the film rights to the game. Variety is reporting that two film companies--Avatar Films and Sekretagent Productions--have bought the right to make a Cold Fear movie. The former is a small distributor of mainly foreign releases, while the latter is a production specialist headed up by game-scenario writers Corey May and Dooma Wendschuh. May and Wendschuh cowrote Prince of Persia: Warrior Within for Ubisoft.

The Variety article did not mention a production start date or release date for the Cold Fear movie. No director or casting information has yet been announced.

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