A report from The Data claims that discussions have already taken place over the prospect of a Fortnite movie adaptation. These talks have additionally reportedly fashioned a part of a broader dialog at Epic about the potential of “launching an leisure division centered on scripted video programming” as a technique to diversify the studio’s manufacturers.
The report notes that three former Lucasfilm staff have joined Epic Video games this yr, together with Epic’s new president of Particular Initiatives, Jason McGatlin. He beforehand served because the vp of Bodily Manufacturing at Lucasfilm and was govt producer of all of the Star Wars movies launched by Disney. He is joined by Lynn Bartsch and Chris Furia.
Epic is claimed to be taking steps into the movie and tv area amid its authorized disputes with Apple and Google. Apple successfully banned Fortnite from returning to the App Retailer final month by saying it will not reinstate Epic’s developer account till the authorized battle is full, which Epic Video games CEO Tim Sweeney says may take so long as 5 years.
If you happen to’ve not been maintaining with Epic and Apple’s disagreement, it started when Epic applied a direct-pay system into Fortnite, which meant the cash from V-bucks purchases went straight to Epic, bypassing the App Retailer and making certain Apple did not take a minimize. Apple responded by eradicating Fortnite from iOS gadgets and this led to Epic suing Apple.
Epic has additionally filed an identical swimsuit towards Google over Fortnite’s elimination from its Play retailer, as the choice made by Google additional dashed the corporate’s ambitions for the cellular market. Epic is now seemingly seeking new methods to develop its library of recreation franchises, as increasingly gaming studios flip to filmmaking in a bid to spice up revenues.
In recent times, Fortnite has doubled up as a digital platform to host movie screenings and musical performances, with three Christopher Nolan movies being screened without cost at Social gathering Royale’s Massive Display screen final yr. Nolan additionally collaborated with Epic Video games’ standard battle royale shooter to debut a brand new Tenet trailer on the platform within the lead as much as the movie’s launch.
Adele Ankers is a contract author for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.