Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to EA’s Army of Two, according to Variety.
The US entertainment paper reports that the studio is looking to ‘fast-track’ the project to begin production in 2009 and has set The Bourne Ultimatum co-writer Scott Z. Burns to pen the script.
Scott Stuber will produce alongside EA – the first time the video game giant has directly taken a film production role.
"Because people experience the game in pairs, playing two guys who go against the world, Scott and I agreed this format presented an opportunity to make a great buddy film," Burns said.
"The ambiguity of these private military corporations lends weight to an intelligent thriller with relevance to what’s going on in the world right now.
You have contractors with their own agendas, and two guys whose friendship supersedes all the politics. I told EA right off the bat I wasn’t a gamer, and that appealed to them because they didn’t want to simply replicate the game."