Sega in video game deal for 'Golden Compass'


Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. has struck a deal to make video games based on films from Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials'' trilogy, starting with "The Golden Compass'' movie opening in November, Sega of America President Simon Jeffery said Thursday.

"We're hoping it will be a long-term relationship,'' Jeffery said, adding that the first game from Sega's America and Europe arms will be a teen-oriented game released on the same day as the film.
"The Golden Compass'' movie is produced by Time Warner Inc.'s New Line Cinema , producers of "The Lord of the Rings'' trilogy, and Scholastic Corp.'s Scholastic Media.

The movie, set in a parallel universe and featuring a young girl's quest to save her best friend and other children kidnapped by a mysterious organization, has a $150 million budget and stars Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, the new blond James Bond.

"It's a very dark 'Harry Potter,''' Jeffery said.