Two Hour Live-Action Film Based on THQ's Red Faction Video Game
Franchise Scheduled to Air on Syfy in March 2011
NEW YORK & AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Jul 19, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and Syfy(TM), the premier destination for
imagination-based entertainment, today announced a first-of-a-kind
transmedia deal to debut Red Faction(R):
OriginsTM(working title), a two hour
live-action movie pilot scheduled to air in March 2011 on Syfy.
The story of Red Faction: Origins follows the lineage of rebel
hero Alec Mason and the Mason family, set during a period between the
critically acclaimed Red Faction: Guerrilla(TM) video game and the
recently announced and highly anticipated RedFaction:
Armageddon(TM) video game, also scheduled for release in March 2011.
The Red Faction: Origins screenplay was written by notable writer
and producer Andrew Kreisberg (Warehouse 13, Fringe, Vampire Diaries and
Boston Legal), based on a story developed by Paul DeMeo (The
Rocketeer, Flash, Viper, The Sentinel), THQ Director, Fiction
Development. Production of the film will be managed by Universal Cable
Mark Stern, Executive Vice President Programming, Syfy & Co-head of
Universal Cable Production said, "This groundbreaking deal with THQ
reflects our desire to deliver a completely immersive and enhanced
viewing experience for the audience. We are excited to be working with
the creative team at THQ in extending the vibrant world of Red Faction
to our air."
"THQ is blazing a new trail in the gaming industry with our partnership
with Syfy by introducing the Red Faction franchise to a new and broader
audience," said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ.
"This unique transmedia collaboration is one of many strategic
initiatives in place to dramatically increase awareness for Red
Faction Armageddon and extend the Red Faction brand across a
wide variety of entertainment channels."
About Red Faction: Origins
Twenty-five years have passed since Alec Mason led the Martian Colonies
to freedom...and ten years since vengeful enemies killed his wife,
kidnapped his daughter Lyra, and left a broken hero in their wake.
Jake Mason, Alec's last surviving son and a ranger in the Red Faction
Militia, had never abandoned hope that somewhere in the raw outlands of
Mars, his sister was still alive. Now, just as a powerful new enemy
swarms across the planet, he's found her, only to learn that his
long-lost sister is one of them...a cold-blooded soldier sworn to destroy
the Red Faction and conquer the planet in the name of a madman.
Jake must now battle the relentless regime and somehow reunite a family
torn apart by war.
About Red Faction: Armageddon
Half a century after the Red Faction resistance freed Mars, the red
planet again becomes a battleground. Colonists struggle for survival in
the underground mines after the surface is rendered uninhabitable. When
Darius Mason, grandson of revolution heroes Alec Mason and Samanya,
unknowingly releases a long-dormant evil, Armageddon is unleashed on
Mars. As settlements are torn asunder, only Darius and the Red Faction
can save mankind. The battle will take them to the core of the
storm-blasted planet through ice caves and lava flows until they are
face to face against the unspeakable threat. Red Faction: Armageddon
expands on the critically acclaimed, best-selling franchise with new,
groundbreaking challenges. You are humanity's last hope for survival.
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to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI
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