Frontier will adapt Hollywood movie with “high worldwide profile” for their third franchise

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Frontier Developments, the studio behind Planet Coaster and Elite: Dangerous, has said that it has licensed rights from an unnamed Hollywood studio to develop their third game.

Elite: Dangerous made our list of the best space games on PC.

The news comes via a press release on the London Stock Exchange website, where Frontier’s chief executive David Braben gives the following short comment:

"The third franchise is an important next step in our growth. We have chosen to license this particular IP to work with as our third franchise, because we believe we can create something very special. It is creatively stimulating, already has a high worldwide profile, and is a perfect match for our expertise."

We contacted Frontier for comment, but they had nothing to add beyond that they are "looking forward to saying more later this year".

Still, exciting news nevertheless, particularly with Frontier's track record so far. Which major Hollywood movie badly needs a game adaptation that doesn't already have one? Leave your hopes, fears and wild speculation in the comments.

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QDP2(1 day 7 hours played)
4 Months ago

So many of the large Hollywood titles are taken already, yet Braben seems to believe this franchise will work well with Frontier's skills at Open World free-roaming games. I've never seen Frontier as strong story writers, but instead as excellent universe creators. They piece together the tools and gameplay so that when you enter Elite or Planet Coaster, you are able to set yourself a goal and head towards it. There will be challenges, but the path is very much unique to you. Movies have always been the complete opposite side of the spectrum to how Frontier have worked before, trying to give you the best path to learn and find out about a story.

For titles in Hollywood that haven't been claimed yet, I see 2 large competitors. Lord of the Rings and James Bond. That said, neither of them scream open-world settings to me. I would have jumped towards Guardians of the Galaxy, but Marvel has already been claimed by Square Enix...

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nu1mlock(3 days 9 hours played)
4 Months ago

Perhaps they'll take on the TV show "Lost".

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QDP2(1 day 7 hours played)
4 Months ago

Lost makes an awesome premise, giving a strong open-world setting and decent gameplay. 1 flaw however, the distinct lack of plot. If only the directors had thought out an ending beyond what they told us would not happen, I'm sure Lost would be considered a great today along with GoT and we would all still be crying Not Penny's Boat..

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4 Months ago

Lord of the Rings is claimed by WBros I believe. I've also heard Shadows of Mordor is quite good.

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4 Months ago

I'd completely forgotten about Shadow of Mordor. T'was a very good game (at least in my opinion). Not sure if they own the exclusive rights for LotR though, or if they paid for a 1-time exclusive.

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imagine(1 day 21 hours played)
4 Months ago

Movie, nah.... no need and most likely nothing interesting. TV Series - Yes please. Walking Dead?

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4 Months ago

Star Trek seems like the obvious choice. Here's hoping we finally get the game that series deserves.

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4 Months ago

At a guess I'd say its a James Bond license; long running internationally renowned movie series and very British, great for them tax breaks. Afaik the James Bond game license is unclaimed.

An open world James Bond game, a cross between the recent Deus Ex's and Assassins Creed with a hint of GTA; would allow them to raise the dead GTA alike that was cancelled on them a few years back and use its skeleton.

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