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Here’s an interesting one. Deadline reports today that the “ambitious new Sino-American fund Stars-Hana” is planning to turn a handful of upcoming movies into video games, and included on the list are several horror movies set to be produced by James Wan and Sam Raimi.
Deadline details, “The fund combines Peter Luo’s Stars Collective, Chinese firm Hana Investment and Starlight Media. The idea is to invest in verticals including film, TV, comics, games, collectibles, consumer goods, AI and new tech over a three-year period.”
“The fund is partnering with game companies including Tencent and Tencent-owned DreamSky Technology, as well as HYJZ and Forevernine, to develop games,” Deadline also notes.
The lineup of planned video game adaptations from Stars-Hana includes:
- Every House is Haunted, from Sam Raimi and Roy Lee
- The Burden, from James Wan and Sam Raimi
- Hunting Season from James Wan and Don Murphy
- James Wan’s The Call of Cthulhu, Mass Extinction and GMO
What’s interesting about this report is that none of these movies have actually been made at this time, but a quick look into our archives reveals they were announced years ago.
In Every House is Haunted, “An insurance investigator tries to debunk claims that a couple’s death was caused by a haunted house, but his doubts are challenged by a psychic and the mysterious occurrences he witnesses with his own eyes.”
In The Burden, “A young woman visits her boyfriend’s family home. She learns about a sinister history with his creepy neighbor and soon, all kinds of skeletons come out of the closet.”
In Hunting Season, “A law officer from the future is declared an enemy of the state and sentenced to be executed by that society’s method of choice: sent to the past where they are stalked by a posse. The man has three days to acclimate and a find a way to survive.”
As for The Call of Cthulhu, a film adaptation of the classic Lovecraft story has long been a dream project for James Wan. He’s been working on the project in secret for years now.
Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu “consists of three interconnected parts, and is presented as notes belonging to Francis Thurston, a Boston resident investigating the ancient deity Cthulhu.”
Does this mean Wan’s Call of Cthulhu movie is finally happening? Deadline’s report today makes mention only of the planned video game, and not the movie itself. Stay tuned for more.