Smilegate, a South Korean game developer, has partnered with Sony Pictures Entertainment to create a movie adaptation of "CrossFire", a first-person shooter PC game. Chuck Hogan, who wrote The Strain alongside Guillermo del Toro, is writing the screenplay, and he has experience in this arena already, having penned 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for director Michael Bay.
Initially launched in South Korea in 2007, CrossFire has continued to develop over the previous decade and a half to a devoted participant base of 660 million registered customers throughout 80 global locations and over $10 billion in lifetime income. Almost 13 years since its launched, the video game has already earned a grossed of $12 billion in lifetime revenue as of 2019.
Tencent Pictures will co-finance and co-produce the movie, which will be produced through the Original Film label of Neal H. Moritz - the producer behind the Fast and the Furious series and the Sonic The Hedgehog movie. It's a team-based multiplayer shooter about a world battle between two mercenary factions, so the potential for a global blockbuster motion movie is positively there. Moritz and the studio have a long-standing relationship that includes the "21 Jump Street" franchise and the upcoming "Bloodshot" adaptation starring Vin Diesel. Crossfire has 1 billion users in over 80 countries worldwide, and it has become one of the top-selling video games ever made. And, its esports league enjoys a viewership of approximately 20 million people per event.