Electronic Arts has a license to develop a game based on the latest Batman flick -- what's more, Pandemic Studios had begun work on it, according to an anonymous manager at EA.
Speaking to the Associated Press
, the manager did not make it clear whether the game was still in production. However, movie actor Gary Oldman recently indicated to cable network G4 that he had recorded voice-overs for the game, in his role as Commissioner Gordon.
Whatever the status of the project, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter says that, had EA released a game simultaneous to the Dark Knight film's record-breaking launch, it would have stood to rake in $100 million -- kicking $30 million to Warner Bros. and keeping the rest for itself.
Many analysts have predicted that The Dark Knight, currently clocking a $400 million domestic total, will be the second-highest grossing movie of all time, behind Titanic.
But the 2005 Batman Begins
game reportedly sold only 587,000 units, which may have led EA to take a pass on a The Dark Knight game. Currently, the only official tie-in is a mobile phone game, although Lego Batman
is due for release in September.
Pachter told the AP, "I think publishers have concluded the only games that work are the surefire $500 million box office kind of games like Spider-Man and Shrek. The Transformers game really surprised people how well it did, but the movie was big. I don't think they expected The Dark Knight movie to be this big."