'Planet Of The Apes' Game Developers Are Suing Fox For Not Playing Ball

The Hollywood Reporter has a story up this morning that could halt or even kill the Planet Of The Apes game currently being developed by Suzhou Snail Digital Technology. The short version is that Snail Digital agreed to pay $2.5 million to Fox for use of the IP based on the assets from the most recent film, which according to the developers, the company has been dragging their feet on the matter and haven't lived up to their end of the bargain. Fox has only sent over the preliminary script for War For The Planet Of The Apes, and given feedback to their current build which amounted to saying one character "looked too much like a character from Pirates of the Caribbean," and nothing else.

'Planet Of The Apes' Game Developers Are Suing Fox For Not Playing Ball

So in order to get what they need, Snail Digital is apparently going to sue Fox to get them to live up to their end of the agreement, or at the very least, get part of their money back and restitution. Below is a quick quote from the article, but if this lawsuit does go through, the chances of seeing the game come to fruition are going to be slim. Hopefully, Fox will take this as a firm tap ont he shoulder and get their act in gear to work with the studio. And if they can't, at least refund them the money.

"Were the Games to be released months, or even weeks after the film, the zeitgeist 'buzz' surrounding the Motion Picture would have died down and the Games may struggle to be relevant, let alone marketable," states the complaint. "That is why, on information and belief, film-based video games generally are released prior to or concurrently with the films upon which they are based. This is not only the industry standard, it is common sense."

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