Lorne Lanning has confirmed that work has begun on Citizen Siege
, the new project from his Oddworld Inhabitants studio. "Citizen Siege
was conceived as a game and film from the very beginning," Lanning told GamesIndustry.biz, revealing that John H. Williams will produce the CG animated feature, and Lanning himself will direct. The game concept is currently being shopped around to publishers.
Lanning is interested in merging the game and film mediums, hoping that Citizen Siege
will become a reference point for future ventures. The idea is that both parts are created simultaneously, influencing each other's courses; rather than one providing the basis for the other. While doing so, it will be important for Lanning and has team to create the right distance between the game and movie. If the finished products demand consumers invest in both, Citizen Siege
will have lost a huge chunk of its potential demographic; the group that exclusively watches films -- and does not play games.