Tecmo Joins With Mindfire Entertainment to Bring ``Dead or Alive'' to the Big Screen.Business/Entertainment Editors
TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 12, 2002
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Leading video game publisher Tecmo announced today that it has finalized an agreement to allow Mindfire Entertainment to acquire the worldwide live-action production rights for "Dead or Alive(R)," the hit video game series.
"Dead or Alive" is among the most successful and critically acclaimed fighting series on the video game market today, with accumulated worldwide sales of 3.2 million to date. The latest installment, "Dead or Alive(R) 3," was a bestseller for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft when it was released November 15th, 2001. The series debuted with "Dead or Alive(R)" for arcade and PlayStation(R) game console See video game console. . "Dead or Alive(R) 2" was published on the Sega Dreamcast(R) video game console A specialized desktop computer used to play video games. The three most popular game consoles are Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3), Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's Xbox. Game software is available on CDs or DVDs, although earlier game machines used cartridges containing read only memory . "DOA (jargon) DOA - Dead on arrival. A piece of hardware that has never worked. 2: Hardcore(TM)" was one of the premiere titles at the launch of the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.
"To us, `Dead or Alive' is the perfect motion picture franchise," said Mark A. Altman, COO of Mindfire Entertainment, the award-winning independent production company that produced such critically-acclaimed films as "Free Enterprise" and "The Specials," starring Rob Lowe. "DOA has set the standard for fighting games This section is an ongoing effort to catalogue every fighting title or series featured on Wikipedia. The vast majority of fighting games fall into two categories, versus fighters (usually referred to simply as fighting games), or beat 'em ups (a.k.a. on every next-generation gaming console See video game console. and has a loyal fan base throughout the world that is eagerly anticipating the release of a feature film based on this extraordinary video game series."
"We have prided our Dead or Alive series on being very dramatic and full of action with a very realistic, true to life feel," said John Inada, Marketing Director, Tecmo, Inc. "It's only natural that these beloved characters make the leap into movies. We're very excited to be working with Mindfire on making DOA as successful in motion pictures as it has been in the video game market. We know the millions of DOA fans around the world will be thrilled to see their favorite characters on the big screen in a big budget movie."
In the "Dead or Alive" series, the world's greatest fighters battle each other in order to win the world-famous Dead or Alive tournament. Production on "Dead Or Alive -- The Movie" will begin later this year with an expected theatrical release in 2003.
About Tecmo, Inc.
Tecmo, Inc. (http://www.tecmoinc.com/) is well known for its hit series Dead or Alive(R). The most recent version, Dead or Alive 3 is available on Xbox. Other notable classics include the million-selling series Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden may refer to: