DVD board game maker ScreenLife has been acquired by movie studio Paramount, according to new media reports.
Although the deal has not yet been officially announced, a Seattle Post-Intelligencer report
suggests the acquisition was made for "less than $100 million".
The Scene It? board game uses a DVD filled with video clips of famous movies, and players answer trivia and observation questions based on the footage. Since its launch in 2002, it has sold around 15 million copies on DVD, mobile, video on demand and consoles.
An adaptation of the board game, named Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action
was published by Microsoft on the Xbox 360 last year, with a follow-up called Scene It? Box Office Smash
due this Christmas. Mobile phone adaptations of the property have also been published by Namco Bandai.
It is unclear whether Paramount’s acquisition of ScreenLife will affect the release of further games in either series. However, Paramount has recently spoken of plans to expand
the company’s video games and interactive division, with an emphasis on casual titles.