In a story from Variety, Universal Pictures has picked up the movie "rights to the Electronic Arts videogame Army Of Two. Universal hopes "to fast-track the project to begin production in 2009 and has set The Bourne Ultimatum co-writer Scott Z. Burns to write the script."

Selling more than "1 million units since it launched in March" game is "a two-player action contest in which a pair of private military contractors fight their way through a web of intrigue."

"Because people experience the game in pairs, playing two guys who go against the world, Scott and I agreed this format presented an opportunity to make a great buddy film," Burns stated. "The ambiguity of these private military corporations lends weight to an intelligent thriller with relevance to what's going on in the world right now. You have contractors with their own agendas, and two guys whose friendship supersedes all the politics. I told EA right off the bat I wasn't a gamer, and that appealed to them because they didn't want to simply replicate the game."

Evan Jacobs