Published by Eidos and developed by Kronos Digital, Fear Effect drew praise for its detailed near-future storyline, which concerned a trio of mercenaries trying to recover a Chinese business magnate’s kidnapped daughter. It spawned a sequel, Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix, in 2001. A PlayStation 2 game, Fear Effect: Inferno, was canceled in 2003.
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Hollywood Reporter claims that movie director Stanley Tong (Martial Law, Supercop) is in talks to bring the 2000 PlayStation title Fear Effect to the big screen.
The news will be a relief to fans of the series, as it means infamous filmmaker Uwe Boll’s Fear Effect project is apparently no longer in the offing.
According to the Reporter, part of the reason Tong is being considered to direct is the film’s primary location of Hong Kong, his former stomping ground. The film is being given a lower-end budget of around $25 million, and will begin shooting later this year for a 2008 release.