John Woo to Helm Ninja Gold


John Woo is attached to direct and produce Ninja Gold, a new intellectual property from video game creator Warren Spector, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Spector is best know for creating such games as “Deus Ex,” “Thief: Deadly Shadows” and “System Shock.” Fox Atomic will release the eventual film, with Woo’s Lion Rock Productions and frequent Woo collaborator Terrence Chang producing. Spector will executive produce.

Ninja Gold centers on a ninja warrior, part of a centuries-old legacy and bloodline, forced to confront the reality of covert warfare in the modern world.

The film will be more reality-based but still will have fantastic elements from the game. The hope is to put the film into production next year, but that requires a script to be completed by then. No timetable or publisher has been announced for the game.

Woo created his own game studio, Tiger Hill Games, in May 2003. Through a publishing deal with Midway Games, its first title, “John Woo’s Stranglehold,” ships in August for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is a virtual sequel to Woo’s Hard Boiled and features Chow Yun-Fat reprising his role digitally for the game. Woo directed the game’s motion capture and was involved in the game’s creation.

The PS3 “Stranglehold” Blu-ray Disc will have the game and the original Hard Boiled movie on the same disc. Once the game has launched, there’s the potential for a film based on the new story.