John Woo is attached to direct and produce Ninja Gold, a new intellectual property from video game creator Warren Spector, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Spector is best know for creating such games as "Deus Ex," "Thief: Deadly Shadows" and "System Shock." Fox Atomic will release the eventual film, with Woo's Lion Rock Prods. and frequent Woo collaborator Terrence Chang producing. Spector will executive produce.
Ninja Gold centers on a ninja warrior, part of a centuries-old legacy and bloodline, forced to confront the reality of covert warfare in the modern world.
"The game concept is actually based on facts that the Yakuza and the Russian mob are involved in tons of gold being stolen in South Africa," Chang said. Added Spector: "The idea actually started with John Woo. He wanted to do something involving traditional ninjas in a modern-day setting, and the idea just resonated with me. I was intrigued with the idea of what happens when the traditional and the contemporary come into conflict. And, to say the least, I was very interested in working with John on a project. I'm just a huge fan."
Chang said the film will be more reality-based but still will have fantastic elements from the game. He said the hope is to put the film into production next year, but that requires a script to be completed by then. No timetable or publisher has been announced for the game.