Copyright 2001 Source: E! Online

[ March 26th 2001 ]

Testosterone-fuelled hero Duke Nukem is set to join Tomb Raider star Lara Croft in celluloid immortalisation following Dimension Films announcement that it will convert the pixelled terminator to the silver screen, E! Online reports today.

Duke Nukem: The Movie will be a co production between Dimension (a division of Bob and Harvey Weinstein's Miramax) and multimedia giant Threshold Entertainment, the company that first licensed the property from game designer 3-D Realms three years ago. "I am thrilled to bring this extremely successful video game to the big screen," says Dimension co-chairman Bob Weinstein. "This type of franchise, action film, is the perfect fit for Dimension." While a script is still in the offing, the plot will be straight out of the video game. Our beer-guzzling gunslinger takes on an alien ship on a collision course with Mother Earth.

The Duke movie franchise will extend the reach of a character that's spawned nine game titles and generated more than $1 billion in sales to become the best-selling PC video game franchise of all time, joining Lara Croft and Mario by fuelling the current trend of computer game-to-silver-screen conversions.

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