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Saints Row film possible under Deep Silver

In a time when Hollywood is churning out a sixth Fast & Furious and a second live-action G.I. Joe film, the environment seems ripe for a movie adaptation of the insane Saints Row franchise.

Game publisher Deep Silver owns the rights to the open-world crime series and is putting out Saints Row IV later this year. Interestingly, Deep Silver’s parent organization, Koch Media, is also deeply invested in film production and distribution in Europe.

Koch Media chief executive officer Klemens Kundratitz told GamesBeat that he is considering films for all of Koch’s properties. That includes Saints Row and first-person action series Metro.

“[Those movies are] not out of the question,” Kundratitz told GamesBeat. “If a company can deliver that transmedia experience, we are probably one of the few that have the ambition and ability to deliver that.”

Koch, which has nothing to do with the influential Koch brothers of the U.S., partnered with Hollywood to release films like Before the Devil Knows You’re DeadMargin Call, and Moon in Germany. So the company has deep knowledge of the film-production industry.

“At the same time, I have to be honest, we have not been able to deliver that [transmedia experience] yet,” said Kundratitz. “But it’s one of my long-term strategic goals to do so.”

In 2011, following the release of the original trailer for Deep Silver’s game Dead Island, Koch sold the film rights to Lionsgate. That project is still in development.


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