Dead To Rights: Nicolas Cage will star in an adaptation of the Dead to Rights video game, says Variety. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce the film with Cage and his Saturn Pictures partner Norm Golightly, and they will begin pitching the project to studios immediately. Screenwriter Kevin Brodbin (Constantine) will make the pitch and likely write the script.
Cage will play Jack Slate, a disgraced cop who is hell-bent on discovering who murdered his father. The film is designed to have the Hong Kong-style action that has made the game so popular. The game's rights are controlled by Namco.
A sequel game is being produced for Christmas 2004 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube formats.
"The videogame is so compelling because it has so many rich elements and the trick is to cut them down and get to the core story," said di Bonaventura. "The central character is emotionally tortured and that always makes for a good movie and a good Nic Cage movie."