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Scott Z. Burns, the co-writer of The Bourne Ultimatum, has been tapped by Universal pictures to write a screenplay for EA's Army of Two game. According to a quote in Variety today, Burns said he was picked by the studio specifically because he "wasn't a gamer" which appealed to the makers of thegame who aren't looking to just replicate the game play experience. The studio is apparently interested in fast tracking the flick into a 2009 production with EA taking a role in the overall production.

Army of two is a two-player (duh) action contest in which a pair of private military contractors fight their way through a web of intrigue. The fight through war, political turmoil, and a conspiracy so vast it threatens the entire world in a timeline spanning from 1993 to 2009.


From the sounds of it, Burns sees the potential to turn Army of Two into a buddy movie. That's all good, as long as it doesn't turn out like Bad Boys 3. Today's announcement marks the second big EA adaptation to hit the news-wire in just a few weeks as it was recently reported that Avi Arad Prods had optioned the right to the company's popular Mass Effect game.


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