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November 19, 2009 at 11:36 AM

“Dark Void” scores: Brad Pitt buys rights, may star in movie version

Airtight Games debut title, “Dark Void,” doesn’t go on sale until January but it just hit one out of the park.

Publisher Capcom just announced that movie star Brad Pitt’s production company bought Dark Void’s film rights and are developing it “as a sci-fi action franchise and potential starring vehicle for Pitt.”

It won’t take much to turn “Dark Void” into an awesome movie. The game features a ’50s pilot who crashes into the Bermuda Triangle and enters a realm where survivors are assembling weapons and jetpacks from salvaged parts and battling aliens and flying saucers.

Dark Void” is the first major title from Airtight, which was started by a group of mostly ex-Microsoft game developers in 2004 and backed by former Microsoft game studio boss Ed Fries. A rendering of Will, the main character:

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The film rights were acquired by Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment company and its partner, Reliance BIG Entertainment, part of the Indian Reliance conglomerate.

“As a game, Dark Void was developed with a wide-screen mentality – a world full of adventure presented in cinematic scope and scale,” Germaine Gioia, senior vice president of licensing at Capcom, said in the release. “Plan B recognized the potential of our newest property and are as excited about bringing Dark Void to life in cinemas as Capcom is to bring the interactive experience to home theaters.”

The game is being released Jan. 19 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3 and PC.

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