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Dark Void film optioned by Brad Pitt

Star's production company gains film rights to new Capcom title

Brad Pitt's production company Plan B Entertainment, together with the Indian-owned Reliance BIG Entertainment, have acquired the film right to Capcom title Dark Void.

The film adaptation is already being touted as a possible starring vehicle for Pitt himself, although no time frame for the production has been made public.

The game is due to be released on January 22 in Europe (January 19 in North America) for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The title is being developed by Airtight Games, staffed by several former members of FASA Studio who worked on original Xbox title Crimson Skies.

The game's premise features a similar aesthetic to Rocketeer, with a jetpack-equipped pilot crash-landing in the Bermuda Triangle and subsequently teleported to a parallel universe where he battles an alien race known as the Watchers with the aid of scientist Nikola Tesla.

Capcom has long been one of the most active videogame publishers in Hollywood, gaining considerable success with its live action Resident Evil series. Attempts to adapt other franchises, such as Street Fighter, to the big screen have proven less successful though.

However, a version of long-running series Onimusha has recently finished filming in Asia, while a tie-in to Lost Planet is currently underway at Warner Bros. and an adaption of survival horror series Clock Tower at Sony Pictures.

"As a game, Dark Void was developed with a wide-screen mentality - a world full of adventure presented in cinematic scope and scale," said Germaine Gioia, senior vice president of licensing at Capcom Entertainment. "Plan B recognised 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 theatres."