Crysis Movie Planned; Crytek CEO Discusses Possible Buyout, Far Cry 2, Faster Development

By Chris Faylor, Feb 08, 2008 7:14pm PST A feature film based on Crytek's platinum-selling sci-fi FPS Crysis (PC) is in the planning stages, reports Kotaku. "A Crysis movie is definitely planned," revealed Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli. "We are in active talks already. I think we will close this topic before the end of this year."

A film based on Crytek's previous title, Far Cry, is currently in post-production. It was directed by the ever-reviled Uwe Boll before he resigned from big-budget projects, and guest stars Anthony Bourdain, the world-traveling maverick chef.

Though Boll's past efforts have transformed Sega's House of the Dead and Gas Powered Games' Dungeon Siege franchises, among others, into poorly received box office releases, Yerli is still eager to see the film.

"Unfortunately, we have not been involved in the film since very early when it was a script," explained the CEO. "However, I think the script changed and improved radically since then, at least I hope it has, since I can't wait to see the movie."

Other topics discussed by Yerli included the possibility of Crytek being acquired by a larger publisher--"If it were a cultural fit, yes, but we would have strong requirements in addition," he noted--and Ubisoft Montreal's upcoming Far Cry 2 (PC, PS3, X360), which Crytek has no involvement in.

"I honestly love the game Far Cry 2 and its development, even though the only relevance from Far Cry to Far Cry 2 is its name," said Yerli. "Everything else seems to be a new game, which I am looking forward to play."

While Yerli could offer no official word on a Crysis sequel, though the studio has long maintained that Crysis is the first in a planned trilogy, he did say that its next project should arrive within the next three years.

"The biggest lesson learned from our previous games is to focus on efficiency in your organization," he noted. "The deployment of this efficiency is critical. I believe we will release our next game quicker than Crysis, so I estimate a two to three year cycle."

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