Expanding beyond film and television, Lionsgate has made what it describes only as "a significant investment" in Telltale Games, the developer of episodic games based on "The Walking Dead," "Fables" and "Game of Thrones."
While the deal obviously enables the creation of new games based on Lionsgate properties, the announcement also points to the possibility of co-developing titles for film and television.
"Telltale is one of the premier storytellers in the gaming world today," Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement. "Their leadership in narrative-driven episodic games, together with our investment and the potential opportunities created by our premium content expertise, will continue to strengthen their ability to offer exciting new avenues of storytelling to their next generation audiences across a broad range of platforms."
Telltale's "The Walking Dead," based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, has sold 8.5 million copies since its release in 2012. It was followed in 2013 by "The Wolf Among Us," based on Bill Willingham's fantasy comic "Fables," and in 2014 by "Tales From the Borderlands," developed in partnership with Gearbox Software and 2K Games, and "Game of Thrones," based on the fantasy novels of George R.R. Martin and the hit HBO adaptation.