The director of Rampage, Brad Peyton, has been attached to helm Sniper Elite
; an upcoming action thriller based on the series of gory World War 2 video games from developer Rebellion.As reported by Variety
, the movie is to be set in London, capital of Rebellion’s home turf, England. It will see the game’s protagonist, Karl Fairburne, brought to life in live-action. His mission for the movie will be to save Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister of the era, from a Nazi assassination attempt.
According to the Variety report, the Sniper Elite film is looking to distance itself from traditional serious WW2 period movies such as Enemy at the Gates, and land as a kind of Sherlock Holmes-meets-Bourne Identity. Peyton and writer Gary Graham are adding “lightness” to the script, and intend on both Fairburne and his enemy to be seen as “loveable”.
The movie will also explore a personal relationship between the two snipers, as well as force Fairburne to make a choice between “the fate of the war and confronting his deepest secret.”
Peyton, who also directed disaster flick San Andreas as well as video game adaptation Rampage, will be joined by producer Jean-Julien Baronnet of Marla Studios, who previously produced the Assassin’s Creed movie and Taken. Additionally, Jason Kingsley, the CEO of Rebellion, will also be a producer.
“We wanted to twist and tweak the viewers’ expectations as to what they’d get from a movie like this,” Kingsley told Variety.
Currently, no studio is attached, but Baronnet said that the aim is to establish a global deal with a Hollywood studio or a streaming platform.
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Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.