Masi Oka project set at DreamWorks

MUMBAI: DreamWorks has picked up The Defenders, a family adventure project conceived by Heroes actor Masi Oka to be produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. D.J. Caruso is in negotiations to direct, and Gary Whitta is on board to write the script.

The story centers on a group of mostly teenagers from around the world who are involved in a multiplayer video game, each unaware of who they really are behind the cover of their consoles and avatars. They are forced to come together for a real adventure, becoming inadvertent heroes in the process. DreamWorks will develop a video game simultaneously with the feature.

Oka, who is the executive producer, came up with idea while playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), in that world‘s parlance.

"You can be whoever you want to be," he said. "The question came to me: What if you had to live up to the person you created in the virtual world?"

Oka had met Kurtzman and Orci, whose Kurtzman/Orci Prods. is based at DreamWorks, at parties and taken a couple of meetings with them, hoping to score a role in one of their movies.

The pair was looking for "the kinds of movies that Amblin used to do, that combined an innocence with the adventure," Orci said.

Once Oka, also a fan of those movies -- epitomized by "The Goonies" -- learned that, he pitched Kurtzman and Orci his idea. The duo went for it, and Oka has honed the concept for the past year, collaborating with them as they worked on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Kurtzman/Orci‘s Mandy Safavi also helped develop Defenders and will oversee for the company.

Oka and Whitta, who also plays online games, bonded over their love of the medium‘s World of Warcraft. Kurtzman and Orci ensnared Caruso, with whom they worked on the 2008 thriller Eagle Eye.

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