Brash, Universal ink 'Despereaux' deal

Developing a game based on upcoming animated film

SAN DIEGO -- Game publisher Brash Entertainment has announced a deal to develop a game based on Universal Pictures' upcoming animated holiday release "The Tale of Despereaux."

The film, which features the voices of Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltrane and Dustin Hoffman, is based on the popular children's book by Kate DiCamillo and follows the adventures of a chivalrous mouse. Brash indicated the game will both follow and extend on the film's story line.

"With its focus on publishing film-based games, Brash was the clear partner to develop the interactive adventure that would accompany the film and bring Despereaux to life on gaming screens," Bill Kispert, vp and General Manager, Interactive, Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group, said in a statement.

"Whether charmed by the book or newly introduced to the characters via the film, children of all ages can expand on their love for Despereaux with this title," added Mitch Davis, co-founder CEO of Brash Entertainment.

Brash last holiday season had a solid hit with games based on the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" film.

"Despereaux" will be available for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, as well as PC. Brash officials said the title will reach shelves in the week before the film's December 19 debut in theaters.

David Ward is a freelance writer based in San Diego.