Lionsgate Plans 'Now You See Me' Mobile Games

Now You See Me Jesse Eisenberg - H 2013
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Now You See Me Jesse Eisenberg - H 2013

The studio's latest move into gaming will see the popular movie franchise turned into a virtual reality game and a story-driven game.

Lionsgate is turning its Now You See Me movie franchise into mobile games by partnering with Side-Kick VR and mobile developer Kiwi.

The deals are the latest as the studio continues turning its movies into episodic games. Lionsgate is pacting with Side-Kick VR on a premium mobile virtual reality game based on the original 2013 Now You See Me movie that grossed more than $350 million at the worldwide box office, and the Now You See Me 2 sequel set to open in theaters on June 10.

The studio also is teaming with Kiwi for a story-driven game. Both mobile games will launch this summer.

The gaming space projects, unveiled Monday by Lionsgate president of interactive ventures and games Peter Levin, follow the studio partnering with Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films and Hong Kong-based mobile game developer Fifth Journey to create a mobile game based on the Expendables action movie franchise.

Lionsgate also earlier invested in game developer Telltale, which produced episodic games based on the TV series The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, and Finnish games developer Next Games as it gets into developing and marketing mobile and social media games based on its existing properties.

"Our mission is to partner with best-in-class game developers early in the filming process to create platform-defining content that provides fans with multiple touch points to engage with our most popular brands,” Levin said in a statement.

Lionsgate also is set to release John Wick VR Game, a first-person shooter game in collaboration with Starbreeze and Grab.