Lionsgate, the Hollywood studio, is fast-tracking a movie based on the next video game franchise from the developers of Lara Croft.
The independent filmmaker has bought the rights to Kane & Lynch: Dead Men from Eidos, the publisher owned by the London-listed games group SCi. The project marks the first time a studio has bet on making a major game-based film before the release of the game itself.
Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton are said to be in the running to play Kane and Lynch, two escapees from death row - one "a flawed mercenary", the other "a medicated psychopath". The game is due for release next Friday.