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Red Faction: Origins hits TV in March 2011

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THQ's announced the first full details of the TV movie Red Faction: Origins, which acts as a prequel to Red Faction: Armageddon.

It also takes place ten years after Red Faction Guerrilla.

Story stuff below:

Twenty-five years have passed since Alec Mason led the Martian Colonies to freedom…and ten years since vengeful enemies killed his wife, kidnapped his daughter Lyra, and left a broken hero in their wake.

Jake Mason, Alec’s last surviving son and a ranger in the Red Faction Militia, had never abandoned hope that somewhere in the raw outlands of Mars, his sister was still alive. Now, just as a powerful new enemy swarms across the planet, he’s found her, only to learn...

And here's the kicker:

...that his long lost sister is one of them…a cold-blooded soldier sworn to destroy the Red Faction and conquer the planet in the name of a madman.
Jake must now battle the relentless regime and somehow reunite a family torn apart by war.

The plot for the pilot was written by 13 and Fringe writer Andrew Kreisberg, with producer of fiction development at THQ, Paul DeMeo, helping with the story.

It'll air next March on SyFy, and is part of a "transmedia deal" involving several THQ series', including Red Faction.

As well as the TV series and the release of main game Armageddon at the same time for PS3, 360 and PC, a prequel title will also be releasing on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network a couple of months before Armageddon's release.

Press release is below.


Two Hour Live-Action Film Based on THQ’s Red Faction Video Game Franchise Scheduled to Air on Syfy in March 2011

NEW YORK, NY and AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – July 19, 2010 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and SyfyTM, the premier destination for imagination-based entertainment, today announced a first-of-a-kind transmedia deal to debut Red Faction®: OriginsTM (working title), a two hour live-action movie pilot scheduled to air in March 2011 on Syfy. The story of Red Faction: Origins follows the lineage of rebel hero Alec Mason and the Mason family, set during a period between the critically acclaimed Red Faction: GuerrillaTM video game and the recently announced and highly anticipated Red Faction: ArmageddonTM video game, also scheduled for release in March 2011.

The Red Faction: Origins screenplay was written by notable writer and producer Andrew Kreisberg (Warehouse 13, Fringe, Vampire Diaries and Boston Legal), based on a story developed by Paul DeMeo (The Rocketeer, Flash, Viper, The Sentinel), THQ Director, Fiction Development. Production of the film will be managed by Universal Cable Productions.

Mark Stern, Executive Vice President Programming, Syfy & Co-head of Universal Cable Production said, “This groundbreaking deal with THQ reflects our desire to deliver a completely immersive and enhanced viewing experience for the audience. We are excited to be working with the creative team at THQ in extending the vibrant world of Red Faction to our air.”

"THQ is blazing a new trail in the gaming industry with our partnership with Syfy by introducing the Red Faction franchise to a new and broader audience" said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “This unique transmedia collaboration is one of many strategic initiatives in place to dramatically increase awareness for Red Faction Armageddon and extend the Red Faction brand across a wide variety of entertainment channels.”

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