Vancouver, British Columbia (June 23, 2005) - Renowned action director and choreographer Tony Ching-best known for his work on House of Flying Daggers and Hero-has signed on to helm the action sequences for director, executive producer Uwe Boll's Dungeon Siege, it was announced today by producer Shawn Williamson of Brightlight Pictures.
Based on the wildly popular video game by Gas Powered Games, Dungeon Siege will be directed by Uwe Boll from a screenplay by Doug Taylor, David S. Freeman and Glenn Benest. The film is executive produced by Boll KG's Uwe Boll (BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark) and Wolfgang Herold (BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark). Brightlight Pictures' Shawn Williamson (White Noise, Edison) and Daniel Clarke (The Long Weekend) will serve as producers. Shan Tam (Rumble in the Bronx) will serve as line producer. The behind-the-scenes team will be led by director of photography Mathias Neumann (BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark), production designer Jim Steuart (The Long Weekend, Scary Movie 3), costume designers Carla Hetland (The Butterfly Effect, Unforgiven) and Toni Rutter (Man of the House), and editor David M. Richardson (House of the Dead). The producers will announce principal cast shortly.
Mining the game's rich action to weave a classic fable of sword and sorcery, the story begins when Farmer's wife, Solana, takes their only son to town to sell their harvest, and are attacked by Krugs, ferocious animal-warriors controlled by the evil magus, Gallian. In the battle, their son is killed and Solana is kidnapped. Farmer arrives too late to save her. Consumed with revenge but holding onto the hope that she may be still alive, Farmer sets out with his old friend, Norick, to find her. What he doesn't realize is that his very world is being threatened by Gallian who wants to overthrow the ruling leader, King Konreid. Farmer must ally himself with Merick, the only other surviving magus, and take part in a war to end Gallian's domination and destruction as the King's traitorous nephew, Duke Fallow, commits treason and launches a coup. Only when Farmer, orphaned as a child, gets close to saving his wife is he told that he not just an ordinary man but the son of the King and heir to the throne, and must choose between loyalty to his family and the duty of prince.
I'm excited to have Tony and his team choreographing the action in my movie in not a typical Hollywood kind of way," stated Uwe Boll. "We've developed action sequences never seen before."
Shawn Williamson added, "We are thrilled to be working with Tony Ching. His action sequences are state-of-the-art and will be a tremendous addition to the film."
Gas Powered Games was founded in May 1998 by Chris Taylor, creator of the award-winning Total AnnihilationTM. Located in the Pacific Northwest, GPG is a short distance from Seattle, Washington. GPG is devoted to creating immersive, state-of-the-art games that push the boundaries of video game entertainment. The company's first project, Dungeon Siege was released in April 2002, with the sequel, Dungeon Siege II to be released in August. Dungeon Siege the movie is currently in pre-production with filming due to start this summer. Check www.gaspowered.com for more information on all Gas Powered Games projects.
Uwe Boll has had a tremendously successful career as a director, writer and producer. His films-all based on video game properties, include BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark, and House of the Dead.