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Warner Bros. is in negotiations to bring video game Temple Run to the big screen with Harry Potter producer David Heyman on board.
Temple Run is a 2011 mobile game developed and published by Imangi Studios that spawned a sequel earlier this year and spinoffs involving characters from Disney/Pixar’s Brave and Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, as well as numerous imitators. Both the original game and its sequel have become mammoth best-sellers.
The story would center on an explorer who, having stolen an idol from a temple, is chased by demonic forces. The studio will next look to attach a writer to adapt.
Heyman has a longstanding relationship with the studio, having produced the eight Potter films as well as the studio’s box-office hit and awards-season contender Gravity. (The movie has pulled in $475 million worldwide so far.) Sources say Heyman also is in talks with Warners to produce J.K. Rowling‘s next franchise for the studio, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Lynn Harris will oversee Temple Run for the studio.
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Jon M. Chu