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Masi Oka Preps ‘Defenders’ For Dreamworks

Posted by Brian on 06/08/2009

Masi OkaSource: THR

He worked for ILM, then he warmed viewers hearts as Hiro Nakamura on Heroes; and now, Masi Oka is coming to the feature length film world. The Defenders, a family adventure project conceived by Oka is set to be produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, writers of Star Trek and Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen. Oka, a huge World Of Warcraft and general MMORPG fan, thought an idea that would combine his love of film and video games.

Oka met Orci and Kurtzman at parties, and had taken a couple of meetings with them hoping to be cast in one of their films.  Orci and Kurtzman mentioned that they were looking for “the kinds of movies that Amblin used to do, that combined innocence with adventure,” Orci said. Oka was also a fan of those films and pitched an idea to the writer/producers for their Kurtzman/Orci Productions which is housed at Dreamworks. D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) is currently in negotiations to direct from a script by Gary Whitta who wrote the upcoming Book Of Eli. Finally, someone in Hollywood with the right idea. Let’s not remake all the films we love. Let’s take the spirit of what we loved about those films and make them into something new.

The Defenders 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. “You can be whoever you want to be. The question came to me: What if you had to live up to the person you created in the virtual world?” Oka has spent the past year honing the concept alongside the duo as they worked on Transformers 2. Dreamworks will develop a videogame alongside the film.

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