Scribe takes on 'inFAMOUS'

Sheldon Turner to adapt video game for Sony

Screenwriter Sheldon Turner is becoming even more "inFAMOUS."

Sony Pictures has pre-emptively picked up a pitch from Turner to adapt the Sucker Punch Prods. video game into a feature film. The deal is for seven figures.

The studio is working out a deal for rights to the game, which was published by sister company Sony Computer Entertainment.

Avi Arad and Ari Arad will produce. Sony executives Matt Tolmach and Jonathan Kadin are handling for the studio.

Launched in May, "inFAMOUS" centers on bike messenger Cole MacGrath, who survives an explosion that destroys entire blocks of Empire City only to find he has new electricity-derived super powers. The action game, designed for Sony's PlayStation 3 console, allows the player to use his powers for good or evil, as MacGrath's karma affects how the devastated city's people and infrastructure deal with him.

"What excited me most about the game was it was the first of which I've come across that had a big idea and a character arc," Turner said. "It is, I believe, the future of gaming. The game, while big and fun, is at its core a love ballad to the underachiever, which is what our hero, Cole McGrath, is."

A prequel comic book and soundtrack to the game also have been released.

The CAA-repped Turner wrote the screenplay for "The Longest Yard" remake. He also co-wrote "Up in the Air," which Jason Reitman is directing at Paramount, and he has an untitled Arizona journalist project in development at Miramax for Ben Affleck to direct.

Turner's in-progress comic book "Warrior" will be published by Top Cow.

Most recently, Avi Arad produced and Ari Arad executive produced "The Incredible Hulk" and "Iron Man." They also are producing an adaptation of the Sony video game "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" for the studio with Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.