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Joanna Dark goes to Hollywood!

by Max Lake - June 11, 2001, 9:11 am PDT
Source: REUTERS

Jo Dark takes a leave of absence from the Carrington Institute to become a star! We've got details on a PD film, TV show and even the video game sequel on GameCube!

Believe it or not, Joanna Dark is going to be coming to theatres and TV! Fireworks Entertainment and Goodman Rosen Prods have optioned the television and movie rights to “Perfect Dark.” A press release issued today covers all the details, and also mentions that the Perfect Dark sequel is on track for Fall 2002.

Thanks to Richard Cudney for pointing this out to us!

Now, here’s that press release:

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Fireworks Entertainment and Goodman Rosen Prods. have optioned the television and movie rights to the best selling Nintendo video game ``Perfect Dark.''

The duo behind the syndicated television action hours ``Relic Hunter,'' ``Andromeda,'' ``Highlander'' and ``The Lost World'' could bow their live action ``Perfect Dark'' series as early as fall 2002.

A feature film, based on the sci-fi game that follows an action heroine named Joanna Dark, is also being planned.

U.S. consumers have spent more than $55 million on more than 1 million units of ``Perfect Dark,'' according to NPD TRSTS Video Games Service.

For Nintendo, better known for its G-rated games and characters such as ``Super Mario Brothers'' and ''Pokemon,'' the ``Perfect Dark'' title marked its first attempt to reach an older demographic. Due to its violent content, the game was rated Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, limiting sales to consumers 17 and older.

Fireworks and Goodman Rosen optioned the rights from Rare, which developed the game, and 4 Kids Entertainment (behind the ``Pokemon'' TV series and movies), which represents Nintendo and Rare for global merchandise licensing and domestic TV movie distribution and production.

Fireworks and Goodman Rosen, which have brought scribe-producer Peter Lenkov (''Demolition Man,'' TV's ``La Femme Nikita'') aboard, will begin heavily shopping the property around this month, following the release of Paramount's movie version of video game ``Tomb Raider.''

Similar to that vidgame-based project, ``Perfect Dark'' features a sexy young female who works as a secret agent for an industrial conglomerate known as the Carrington Institute.

Set in 2023, vidgame begins as an investigation of rival DataDyne Corp. and then unravels into an alien plot to invade Earth.

Rare is currently developing a ``Perfect Dark'' sequel, slated for a fall 2002 release on the Gamecube console.

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