‘Echo’ Video Game to Get Feature Film Written by Derek Kolstad (‘John Wick’)

Jan 24, 2019

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F. Gary Gray’s Fenix Studios has optioned rights to ‘Echo,’ the third-person sci-fi video game, to turn into a feature film. ‘John Wick’ creator-writer Derek Kolstad will write the screenplay.

Gray will produce, but not direct, the movie as part of Fenix Studios’ production. Also, Fenix will produce alongside Dmitri M. Johnson and Stephan Bugaj of dj2 Entertainment (‘Sonic the Hedgehog’).

Moreover, with ‘Sonic’ in post, dj2 Entertainment is adapting two other games to films. One of such films is Focus and Dontnod’s ‘Vampyr,’ with Fox 21 and McG’s Wonderland. The other is Square Enix’s ‘Sleeping Dogs’ with Donnie Yen.

The premise of the video game is below:

“Echo, an action-thriller developed and published by Copenhagen-based Ultra Ultra, follows the character En as she arrives at a vast and mysterious palace hidden in the depths of space. The palace creates copies, called Echoes, that study her and use her own actions against her.”

Kolstad is best known for ‘John Wick’ and ‘John Wick: Chapter 2″. He recently wrote the Hollywood remake of the 2010 South Korean film ‘The Man from Nowhere,’ for New Line. Additionally, he is developing Hulu’s ‘Hitman’ series, also based on a video game. Further, his scripts for ‘The Steward’ and ‘Nobody’ are in development. Finally, he wrote Lionsgate’s ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,’ releasing May 17.

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Meanwhile, Gray is now in post on ‘Men In Black: International,’ starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, releasing June 14.

Source: Deadline

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