Twentieth Century Fox, one of America’s largest film companies, has bought the film rights to The Sims from Electronic Arts for an unspeakable sum. It’s not entirely clear how much money the deal will involve, but it’s likely to run into the tens of millions. It is not yet known when Fox will show the film on the silver screen.
It is already certain that producer John Davis (Norbit, Daddy Day Care, Dr. Dolittle) will take care of the production while Brian Lynch (Big Helium Dog) will take care of the script. It is not clear what the film will be about. Maybe it will be a low-threshold feel-good movie in a Sims jacket, but it could also be that the film follows a character who has total control over the others, the Sims. Maxis, the developer of the game series, will oversee the progress of the game.
- “The Sims has done an interactive version of an old story, which is what it’s like to have infinite power and how do you deal with it,” said Rod Humble, head of Sims Studio. “Given that that’s an old story, you can imagine how easily that would translate to traditional story telling.”