In an interview with EA Games label president Frank Gibeau it was revealed that there are “sequel ideas planned” for Army of Two and Battlefield: Bad Company. Variety reports that that’s as close to saying there will indeed be an Army of Two 2 (or Army of Three? perhaps) and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 as we’ll probably get until the sequels are officially announced.
In related news, Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights for an Army of Two movie, which they hope to begin production on in 2009. The Bourne Ultimatum co-writer Scott Z. Burns will write the script.
EA Redwood Shores studio GM and Dead Space executive producer Glenn Schofield, also revealed that Dead Space 2 is already in the works. EA and a publishing partner are also “talking about [Dead Space] novels” and that they’re looking into the possibility of Dead Space toys.
As you may know, along with the Dead Space game a prequel animated movie titled Dead Space: Downfall was released on DVD and Blu-ray. Well, it turns out now that the game is a success in both ratings and sales, EA is “talking to movie studios right now” about a Dead Space [live-action] movie.
Did you know several other high-profile games have been optioned by movie studios for possible film production? These include The Sims by 20th Century Fox (with producer John Davis), Mass Effect by Avi Arad Prods, BioShock by Universal (Gore Verbinski will direct), World of Warcraft by Legendary Pictures, Metal Gear Solid by Sony, Gears of War (script by Stu Beattie) and more that I can’t think of at the moment. Sadly the Halo movie is still on hold. On the bright side, Hitman and Max Payne were recently released game-based movies.
Update September 2009: A Job listing at EA’s Visceral Games studio reveals Dead Space 2 is in the “later stages of pre-production” for Xbox 360 and PS3 with the “same ‘core team’ in place.”