Posted on January 10, 2011, Phil Hornshaw Wesley Snipes Gets a Video Game, Apparently
Today, in news that makes me go, “…huh”: Wesley Snipes is spearheading a video game that’s on its way to the iPhone, iPad and the Mac App Store in June, followed by releases for Xbox Live, the Playstation Network, WiiWare and Android.
Apparently Snipes is working on the game with Finnish developer Lapland Studios while he’s serving a prison term for tax evasion. It’s called Julius Styles: The International, and there will be a feature film by the same name once Snipes gets out of prison, which is projected for 2013.
The press release for the game is frustratingly vague, but we do know that Snipes says the game is inspired by his action movies Murder at 1600, Art of War and Passenger 57 (no elements from Demolition Man, though — bummer). It also is described as having action and puzzle elements — maybe be something like filling out tax forms, then running from IRS agents.
Here’s the release’s ambiguous description of the story:
In a world of money, power, sex and murder, Julius Styles (Wesley Snipes) is an international “Facilitator” a man whose unique talents make him a valuable commodity.
And here’s some strange-sounding quotes from Snipes about the game:
This project was inspired by my desire to bring my Art of War, Murder at 1600 and Passenger 57 characters into the game world. Julius Styles will offer something for both the mind game strategist and the kick-ass special ops warrior lover.
This game will expand on the cool, sexy, diverse, sometimes scary, and often bizarre world and people I’ve had the pleasure to spend time with.
I hope he’s not referring to the people he’s spending time with in prison.