The Sims to head to the silver screen

Posted by Mark Raby

Culver City (CA) - Electronic Arts's life simulation game is the latest video game to be slated for a theatrical movie, thanks to a new partnership with 20th Century Fox.

Trade magazine Variety reports that the movie will be a live action adventure, with the screenplay writing job going to Brian Lynch.

Fox has not announced any casting possibilities or who the director will be.  Worldwide, The Sims franchise has sold more than 85 million copies, and has appeared on platforms ranging from the PC to mobile phones to in-flight entertainment systems.

The Sims could also be categorized as a game with no set story line, goal, or villain.  It's unsure how this will translate into a movie, with a genre defined by films like Doom, Tomb Raider, and Silent Hill.

"The Sims has done an interactive version of an old story, which is what it's like to have infinite power and how do you deal with it. Given that that's an old story, you can imagine how easily that would translate to traditional story telling," said Rod Humble, head of The Sims studio.