Universal, D3Publisher ink videogame publishing agreement for Coraline

Mumbai: D3Publisher (D3P) together with its parent D3, announced a worldwide publishing agreement with the Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group.

The agreement includes videogames based on Focus Features and LAIKA Entertainment’s Coraline, the upcoming high-definition stop-motion animated feature.  This will be their first feature to be originally filmed in 3-D.

The newest movie from visionary director Henry Selick, Coraline is based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book of the same title. The games are scheduled to be released for console and handheld systems in Q1 2009 to coincide with Focus’ nationwide release of the movie on 6 February 2009.

"The alternative-reality based plot of Coraline translates exceptionally well to an interactive gaming adventure," said D3P executive vice president and chief operating officer Yoji Takenaka. "We are enjoying working closely with the filmmakers and the team at Universal and Focus Features to authentically portray the film’s unique cast of characters and allow players of all ages to experience not only key environments and moments from the movie, but also elements that go beyond the feature film."

"Coraline is a fantastically imagined world, filled with quirky characters and unexpected events," said Universal Pictures Digital Platforms VP and general manager Bill Kispert. "And with just the right blend of humour, adventure, and spookiness, it is the perfect source material for a truly unique adventure game."