Get ready to watch a Fortnite movie soon, as Epic Games plans to expand its operations into wider media.
According to TheInformation report, Epic Games has been in discussions with prospects of a Fortnite film adaptation. This may lead to “launching an entertainment division focused on scripted video programming” as a way to diversify the studio’s brands.
The reports suggest three former Lucasfilm employees have joined Epic Games this year. This includes Epic’s new president of Special Projects, Jason McGatlin. He has previously served as vice president of Physical Production at Lucasfilm and was executive producer of all the Star Wars films released by Disney. He will be accompanied by Lynn Bartsch and Chris Furia.
Epic Games plans to venture into the film and television arena amidst its legal battles with Apple and Google. Earlier last month Apple banned Fortnite from its App Store, saying it will not reinstate Epic developer’s account until the legal battle is settled, which looks like may go on for as long as five years.
Similarly, the gaming platform has a similar suit against Google for removing Fortnite from its Play Store. The decision was made after Google identified Epic’s ambitions for the mobile market. With more and more gaming studios moving towards filmmaking in a bid to boost revenue, Epic does not want to stay behind.
Epic Games is already using Fortnite for a host of movie events in its virtual platform like the screening and musical performances like three Christopher Nolan films being screened for free at Party Royale’s Big Screen last year. Likewise, Nolan also collaborated with Fortnite for the debut of the new Tenet trailer on the platform in the lead-up to the film’s release.