In March, Paramount got their game on a continued the trend of movie and gaming convergence. At the time, the Viacom movie studio behind hits as far ranging as Chinatown, Indiana Jones and Cheech and Chong’s Still Smoking, announced a plan to focus on in house game development and publishing (via Variety). Now the first titles to come from that project have been announced. They’ll come from familiar territory: Paramount’s own movie catalog.
Three PC based casual games are on track for a Q4 release. The titles will draw on three different decades of teen film source material and be marketed toward women, who are generally more active players of web based casual games than men.
Coming from the 80s, 1986 to be precise, the first title will be based on the John Hughes scripted hit Pretty in Pink. The game reincarnation will follow the story line of the movie and require players to solve visual puzzles.
From this decade, Mean Girls (2004) will go to the gamers.
All of the titles were solid box office performers when first released on film. Pretty in Pink earned more than $40m domestically. Clueless earned $56m. Mean Girls earned $86m in the US and nearly $130m internationally. (data via Box Office Mojo)
The games will start out as PC titles and are expected to sell for around $20 at retail, or via download. One may be offered initially for the DS, and console versions could follow if the titles are well received.
Legacy Interactive is co producing the titles with Paramount and will tackle US publishing. Paramount will take responsibility for the International market.
Legacy previously worked on the gaming remakes of TV shows Law & Order and the Apprentice.
Related Articles from Metue
•Convergence Watch: Ubisoft buys Movie Special Effects Shop Hybride
•Paramount Gets Their Game On
•Gaming and Music Convergence: Guitar Hero Aerosmith Debuts
•Inside Game Sales: June NPD Data Review
•Viacom’s Harmonix sued by Gibson for Guitar Hero: Frivolous or Trouble?
•Metue Deal Diary: EA vs Take Two, Day by Day
•MTV Bets Big On Gaming
• Gaming and Movie Convergence: a retrospective timeline
• Spielberg and Katzenberg: Gaming Connection
• Beyond Gaming: Wii Warfare, Cancer Research and More
•Gaming Peripherals: The Next Wave of Design?