AGOURA HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and the Random House Publishing Group today announced that a novel set in the Homefront universe and co-written by John Milius (Red Dawn and Oscar Award-winning Apocalypse Now) and New York Times bestselling author Raymond Benson (author of two Metal Gear Solid books and multiple James Bond novels) will be published by Random House’s Del Rey imprint, and arrive in early 2011 to coincide with the release of the first Homefront game.
“John Milius has already worked with us extensively on the Homefront game, and we’re thrilled to have him and Raymond on board as we develop our near-future world into other types of media. Random House is a great partner to help us reach an even broader audience.”
“We’re delighted to confirm the first element of what will become a vast transmedia strategy for Homefront,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President – Core Games, THQ. “John Milius has already worked with us extensively on the Homefront game, and we’re thrilled to have him and Raymond on board as we develop our near-future world into other types of media. Random House is a great partner to help us reach an even broader audience.”
“Homefront represents a fascinating vision of the near future,” added John Milius. “After completing my work on the game, it became clear that there were many more stories to tell, and this book will offer a chilling look at this near-future world.”
Homefront the videogame is a thrilling first person shooter set for release on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC in March 2011. It tells the story of a stricken America, fallen to savage military occupation in the year 2027.
The year is 2027. Her infrastructure shattered and military in disarray, America has fallen to a savage occupation by the nuclear armed Greater Korean Republic.
Abandoned by her former allies, the United States is a bleak landscape of walled towns and abandoned suburbs. This is a police state where high school stadiums have become detention centers, and shopping malls shelter armored attack vehicles.
Join the Resistance, stand united and fight for freedom against an overwhelming military force in Homefront’s gripping, cinematic single-player campaign, and experience epic, groundbreaking multiplayer action all set in a terrifyingly plausible near-future world.
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About the Random House Publishing Group
The flagship imprint of Random House, Inc., the Random House Publishing Group had its origins in 1925 when Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, two New Yorkers in their mid-twenties, acquired a line of classics and contemporary American works called The Modern Library from publisher Horace Liveright. The company assumed the name Random House two years later, in 1927, when Cerf and Klopfer decided to publish a few books on the side, “at random.” Their artist friend Rockwell Kent drew his now celebrated logo of a random house, which made its debut in February l927. Among the first titles of the new imprint were limited editions illustrated by Kent of Voltaire’s Candide and Melville’s Moby Dick.
Del Rey Books (http://www.delreybooks.com) was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history.
About John Milius
After winning a National Student Film Festival award while attending USC, John Milius began his studio career working for Roger Corman writing Devil’s Eight followed by Evel Knievel. John Milius wrote the screenplay of Apocalypse Now. His other credits include Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, Big Wednesday, Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn, Clear and Present Danger, The Hunt for Red October, The Wind and the Lion, Farewell to the King, Jeremiah Johnson, Judge Roy Bean, Geronimo and Flight of the Intruder.
Milius later wrote the teleplay, Rough Riders, through which he was instrumental in causing President Theodore Roosevelt to be posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his action on San Juan Hill.
John Milius created and produced the TV series Rome for HBO.
Currently John Milius will be directing in 2011 a feature film from an original script on the life of Genghis Khan.
He is producing a cable TV series with Canal Plus, “Pharaohs,” set during the New Kingdom, the first twelve episodes to begin production in Egypt and Syria in 2011.
In the American Film Institute’s “100 Years of Film, 100 Movie Quotes,” John Milius had two quotes cited; one from Apocalypse Now, the other from Dirty Harry. In the Writer’s Guild of America’s “101 Greatest Screenplays,” John Milius’ Apocalypse Now is honored as well.
About Raymond Benson
Among his 22 published books, Raymond Benson wrote six original James Bond novels, three film novelizations, and three short stories — all published worldwide. Three 007 titles each are collected in the recent anthologies Choice of Weapons and The Union Trilogy.
As “David Michaels” Raymond wrote the first two NY Times best-selling books in the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell series. Raymond is also the author of two Metal Gear Solid novelizations and the upcoming pulp adventure Hunt Through Napoleon’s Web. His series of “rock ‘n’ roll thrillers” include Dark Side of the Morgue and A Hard Day’s Death.
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