EA signs Hollywood filmmaker Zack Snyder for three- game deal

Mumbai: Electronic Arts Inc. has signed a three-game deal with Hollywood filmmaker Zack Snyder.

Snyder will lead the creative direction of the games while working in partnership with the production team at EA Los Angeles, the same studio currently collaborating with Steven Spielberg on Boom Blox and other games.

Snyder’s recent works include movies like The Dawn of the Dead and 300. He is also currently working on an adaptation of Watchmen based on the legendary comic book series, due to release in March 2009.

Under the agreement with Cruel & Unusual Films, EA will own the intellectual properties and the game franchises will be developed, published and distributed worldwide by EA. The relationship between Snyder and EA includes efforts to extend the game franchises into theatrical motion pictures. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"I think video games are cool because they offer an opportunity to tell a story in an entirely unique way. Being a long time fan of the games EA creates, I look forward to collaborating with them," said Snyder.

EA Games Label president Frank Gibeau said, "Snyder has a fresh and bold creative style that resonates with our core audience. Zack is the perfect partner for joining us in creating powerful new interactive fiction."