Epic Games is reportedly considering making a Fortnite feature film as part of the company’s plans to expand into wider media.
A report from The Information claims that discussions have already taken place over the prospect of a Fortnite film adaptation. Those conversations were also reportedly part of a broader discussion at Epic about the possibility of “creating an entertainment division focused on scripted video programming” to diversify the studio’s brands.
The report notes that three former Lucasfilm employees joined Epic Games this year, including Epic’s new President of Special Projects, Jason McGatlin. He was previously Vice President of Physical Production at Lucasfilm and Executive Producer of all Star Wars films released by Disney. He is supported by Lynn Bartsch and Chris Furia.
Epic is said to be taking steps into the movie and television arena amid its litigation with Apple and Google. Apple effectively prevented Fortnite from returning to the App Store last month by saying it would not restore Epic’s developer account until the litigation is resolved, which, according to Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, will last up to five years could last.
If you haven’t kept up with the Epic and Apple disagreement, it started when Epic implemented a direct payment system in Fortnite, which meant the money from V-Bucks purchases went directly to Epic, bypassing the App Store and making sure that Apple didn’t take any cut. Apple responded by removing Fortnite from iOS devices, which resulted in Epic suing Apple.
Epic has also filed a similar lawsuit against Google for removing Fortnite from its Play Store, as Google’s decision further undermined the company’s ambitions for the wireless market. Epic is now apparently on the lookout for new ways to expand its library of game franchises as more game studios turn to filmmaking for the sake of increasing revenue.
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In recent years, Fortnite has doubled as a virtual platform for film screenings and musical performances, with three Christopher Nolan films showing for free on the Party Royale big screen last year. Nolan also worked with Epic Games’ popular battle royale shooter to bring a new Tenet trailer to the platform ahead of the movie’s release.
Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.