It's one of those game-to-movie-to-game conversions. How lovely.
Eidos Interactive Drives Gamers Off the Street With The Italian Job(R)
Experience the Thrills of This Summer's Blockbuster Movie With The Italian Job Video Game
SAN FRANCISCO, May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eidos Interactive, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announced the development of The Italian Job® video game. Based on the 2003 Paramount Pictures blockbuster film, The Italian Job is being developed by driving-game specialists Climax and will be released on PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(TM) game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube(TM) in Summer 2003.
"Climax has a pedigree of great racing and motorsport games," says Rob Dyer, President of Eidos Interactive. "Eidos looks forward to bringing the thrill and excitement of The Italian Job film to living-rooms in the form of a fast-paced, action-packed racing game."
The Italian Job lets gamers recapture the high-octane thrills of the blockbuster movie. Taking on the role of Charlie Croker and his gang members, you are left for dead in Venice after being double-crossed during one of the biggest gold bullion heists ever. Now you and your team of professional thieves must wreak vengeance on the man who betrayed you and reclaim the gold. In order to achieve this, you need to create the biggest traffic jam in L.A. history and attempt your getaway in super-charged new MINI Coopers.
The Italian Job game features three modes of play -- Story Mode, Circuit Racing and Stunt Driving. The Story Mode is based on the film's plot and features 15 different missions utilizing a large range of vehicles and gameplay styles. Players will also be able to challenge friends in The Italian Job using its split-screen two-player mode. Gamers will create havoc on the streets of L.A. as they drive at break-neck speeds through environments based on movie locations including Hollywood Hills and Downtown L.A. plus over-the-top off-road settings such as the city's subway station and storm drain system.
The film The Italian Job, is due for release this summer. Directed by F. Gary Gray (The Negotiator), the film stars Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Seth Green, Jason Statham, Mos Def and Donald Sutherland.