Saints Row, Metro films possible

Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz says transmedia initiatives for its games a long-term strategic goal for the company.


Films based on the Saints Row and Metro game franchises are possible, according to Deep Silver parent company Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz. Speaking with VentureBeat, the executive said the company is exploring transmedia opportunities for all its franchises.

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"[Those movies are] not out of the question," Kundratitz said. "If a company can deliver that transmedia experience, we are probably one of the few that have the ambition and ability to deliver that."

Germany-based Koch Media, which purchased the Saints Row and Metro franchises during the THQ bankruptcy auction in January, is no stranger to the film industry. The company has published a series of high-profile films in German theaters, including Margin Call and Moon.

Though Koch Media has experience with publishing films, the company would be breaking new ground for itself by adapting one of its games franchises for the big screen. Still, Kundratitz said capitalizing on transmedia opportunities is a long-term goal for the company.

"At the same time, I have to be honest, we have not been able to deliver that [transmedia experience] yet," Kundratitz said. "But it's one of my long-term strategic goals to do so."

In September 2012, MGM said it was interested in making a movie based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's Metro 2033 science fiction novel, which was the source material for 4A Games' THQ-published 2010 shooter of the same name. The status of this project today is unclear.

A Dead Island movie is also in the works. Shortly after the original game's release in 2011, Lionsgate announced that interest in the IP was sparked by the CGI trailer for the game that was released in February of that year. According to Lionsgate, the film will focus on "human emotion, family ties, and nonlinear storytelling."

At the time, Lionsgate announced that development of the Dead Island film will be led by The Mummy producer Sean Daniel and his Sean Daniel Company. Accompanying Daniel on the project will be post-production leader Stefan Sonnenfeld (Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men: The Last Stand).

Like the Metro 2033 film, the current status of the Dead Island movie is unknown.

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