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'Watchmen' director Zack Snyder signs 3-game deal with Electronic Arts

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Zack Snyder, the director of "300," "Dawn of the Dead" and the upcoming "Watchmen" films, has agreed to help develop three games for Electronic Arts. The deal, to be announced this morning, includes the option to turn original game franchises created during the collaboration into movies that would be controlled by Snyder's production company, Cruel & Unusual Films.

Snyder is the second Hollywood director to sign on with EA to make games. Steven Spielberg also agreed to a three-game contract. The first fruit of that partnership, "Boom Blox," was released in May and sold more than 450,000 units.

At 42, Snyder is among a new generation of Hollywood elite who grew up with video games. So it's inevitable that some see creative cross-fertilization between the two art forms. Another director, Gore Verbinski, said earlier this year that he was exploring an undisclosed game project. In the meantime, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" director has agreed to direct the movie adaptation of the sci-fi shooter game "BioShock."

"I think video games are cool because they offer an opportunity to tell a story in an entirely unique way," Snyder said in a statement.

-- Alex Pham

Photo: Zack Snyder. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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