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Twentieth Century Fox has announced plans to make a film based on Electronic Art's popular computer game The SIMS, reports Variety. The SIMS is the best-selling PC game in history, earning over $1.6 billion since 2000.
The project will be headed by John Davis, whose recent film projects include Norbit, When a Stranger Calls, and Eragon. The film will be live-action, although talent has yet to be named.
"The SIMS has done an interactive version of an old story, which is what it's like to have infinite power and how do you deal with it," Rod Humble, executive producer of Electronic Arts, reported to Variety. "Given that that's an old story, you can imagine how easily that would translate to traditional story telling."
The SIMS raised controversy when it became the first computer game to allow players to choose their sexual orientation.
The SIMS, created by gaming guru Will Wright, was first released for the computer in 2000. Video game versions quickly followed in 2003. A series of expansion packs were developed for the original game, followed by a sequel, The SIMS 2. Electronic Arts recently announced the development of The SIMS 3, although its release is unlikely for several more years. According to GameSpot, the series have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. (The Advocate)