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‘Fast and Furious’ Producer Neal Moritz to Develop ‘Crossfire’ Movie With Smilegate

The popular online FPS game marks the first Korean game to be licensed to Hollywood

Last Updated: October 14, 2015 @ 1:30 PM

Neal H. Moritz‘s Original Film and Korean game developer Smilegate are teaming up to develop a film based on the popular online game “Crossfire,” it was announced Wednesday.

Released in 2007, “Crossfire” is a first person shooter game that has recorded global sales of $1.2 billion in 2014 alone, and boasts 500 million users in over 80 countries around the world. “Crossfire” regularly outperforms such games as “World of Warcraft” and “Assassin’s Creed” in terms of its number of players and revenue.

The “Crossfire” movie will be an internationally-focused ensemble action film that Moritz will produce through his company Original Film, whose Tania Landau and Toby Ascher will serve as executive producers. Given the game‘s global success, the producers feel the project has the potential to launch a franchise. The movie’s screenwriter, director and distributor will be announced at a later date.

Smilegate sought out Original Film specifically due to the company’s expertise managing and shepherding franchises such as the “Fast and Furious” series.

While many international games have been turned into Hollywood movies, this will mark the first time a Korean game has been licensed to Hollywood. The film is the first step in Smilegate’s expansion of the global “Crossfire” brand. Smilegate is currently developing mobile games and planning to expand into other business areas based on the property.

“I’m very pleased that Smilegate is collaborating with Neal Moritz for a movie. ‘Crossfire’ has become one of the world’s most popular FPS brands and I’m looking forward to working with Original to further build out the world of ‘Crossfire and gain many more fans around the globe,” said Min Jung Paek, VP of brand marketing for Smilegate.

“We love ‘Crossfire’ and are looking forward to collaborating with the team at Smilegate, to create an exciting and fantastic action film. We see a lot of potential in the ‘Crossfire’ brand and are honored to be chosen to bring its world to life,” added Moritz.

Original Film founder Moritz is one of Hollywood’s most prolific producers, having produced over 50 movies, which have collectively grossed more than $8 billion worldwide.

Moritz most recently released “Furious 7,” the seventh installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, which broke international box office records on its way to becoming the fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time. Also slated for release in 2015 is an adaptation of the bestselling children’s book series “Goosebumps.” Moritz’s past film credits include “21 and 22 Jump Street,” “The Green Hornet,” “I Am Legend,” “Cruel Intentions” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

Bowery Hills Entertainment and Qualia Legacy consulted for Smilegate, while Katten Law is the company’s attorney. Abramson Law represented Original Films in the deal.