Dark Void film rights bought, game delayed a week

Capcom's jetpack action game pushed back as publisher announces big-screen partnership with Brad Pitt's production company.

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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li may have taken a beating worthy of Miguel Cotto at the box office, but Capcom isn't letting that derail its latest Hollywood push. Today the publisher announced that it has reached an agreement with Reliance Big Entertainment and Plan B Entertainment--the production company of Brad Pitt--for the film rights to Capcom's upcoming Dark Void.

He kind of looks like Brad Pitt.
He kind of looks like Brad Pitt.

The publisher said the game is being adapted as "a sci-fi action franchise and potential starring vehicle for Pitt." Plan B has produced a number of hit films, including The Departed, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which saw Pitt in the role of the doomed gunslinger. It is also producing the upcoming version of Wanted author Mark Millar's graphic novel Kick-Ass, due out next year.

Reliance Big Entertainment owns Indian movie studio Big Pictures but has a history of collaborating with Western stars' film production efforts. The company touts a history working with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Films, Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions, George Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, and more.

The sci-fi world of Dark Void sees humankind locked in combat with The Watchers, an alien race banished by humanity to an alternate universe after its members developed superpowers. Players will step into the role of Will, a cargo pilot who joins a resistance movement against The Watchers, aided by a jetpack and weaponry designed by Nikola Tesla.

In revealing the film rights deal, Capcom also confirmed it had pushed back the Dark Void game's launch date by a week. Dark Void is now set for a January 19 North American launch on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, with a European debut to follow January 22.

Dark Void isn't Capcom's only film project in the works. The company is also working to bring Lost Planet to theaters and has plans for more installments in the Resident Evil franchise.

For more on Dark Void, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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