Gungrave and Lone Wolf to go live-action

Convergence Entertainment has locked down the rights to develop two fantasy properties as live-action films, the Japanese manga Gungrave, created by Yasuhiro Nightow (who also created the popular outer space western Trigun) and British author Joe Dever's Lone Wolf series of game books (in the vein of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books popular in the 1980s), according to Variety.

Yasuhiro Nightow's Gungrave is about Brandon "Beyond the Grave" Heat, a member of a crime syndicate who rises from the grave to seek revenge against Millenion, an outfit run by Heat's former best friend that uses undead monsters as enforcers. Gungrave began as a third-person shooter created by Red Entertainment for PlayStation 2. It was later developed as a manga comic book published in the US by Dark Horse and an anime series.

The Lone Wolf series of game books began publication in 1984, and takes place in an alternate medieval world called Magnamund. The plot concerns the last member of a warrior caste who seeks revenge against the evil forces that destroyed his order. There are 28 books in the series, so far.

Both features will have budgets in the range of $30 million to $35 million.

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