Blind Wink Productions, the studio founded by Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango director Gore Verbinski, has signed an agreement to create games for Microsoft starting with an XBLA title next year.
Verbinski's studio, which released the animated film Rango as its first project in March, will be making its first steps into the games space, and aims to bring cinematic elements to its upcoming Microsoft projects, says the Hollywood Reporter
"Audiences consume content very differently today," said Verbinski. "As an idea house, we at Blind Wink are looking forward to our partnership with Microsoft. Their various platforms give us access to new methods of distribution, allowing us to extend into emerging markets and connect more directly with the audience."
"Xbox 360 gamers can look forward to innovative and creative games from the mind of Gore Verbinski that explore new and exciting gaming territory and take full advantage of our platforms," added Microsoft Studios general manager Matt Booty.
Of course, this isn't the first time Verbinksi has shown interest in games. In 2008, Verbinksi signed on
to direct a film based on Irrational Games' original Bioshock
, but eventually stepped down
due to scheduling, budget, and content
In addition, Verbinski announced plans
in 2008 to create a film based on a Wall Street Journal article examining the social implications of Linden Labs' Second Life