Fans of Sony Online Entertainment got some amazing news on Friday when IGN.com revealed that ex-Marvel Studios honcho, Avi Arad, would be working with SOE on a game-to-movie adpatation of EverQuest.
Reliable sources have informed us that the studio views the project as a tentpole release for either 2009 or 2010. We have been told that Michael Gordon (300) has been tapped to pen the screenplay. Rumblings of an EverQuest movie first surfaced in 2000
Avi Arad, a long time employee of Marvel Studios, has worked on some big titles over the years including the Spiderman series and the X-Men series and has also had his name penned against future releases such as Iron Man and Captain America.
While plot details are being kept under lock and key the fantasy epic will be based on an original idea by Gordon and feature some well known characters of the game.
EverQuest is set in the world of Norrath, a realm inhabited by 14 different races including humans, ogres, elves and animal-human hybrids and its moon Luclin. Other planes of reality also exist within the game's universe. Players create avatars that can slay monsters, embark on quests or acquire treasure.
This represents the second game-to-movie adaptation to come out of the MMO genre of gaming, with World of Warcraft being penned for release in 2009 as well.