DreamWorks is developing The Defenders, a movie based on a concept from Heroes star Masi Oka. Producing the film will by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orc, while Eagle Eye helmer DJ Caruso is reportedly on board to direct. Adding to this, The Book Of Eli scribe Gary Whitta will write the script for this project.
The Defenders features a plot where a group of MMORPG loving teenagers find themselves coming together for a real life adventure. The premise was conceived by Oka – a fan of The World Of Warcraft series – through his love of online role-playing games. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter he said this about the film’s premise:
“You can be whoever you want to be,” he said. “The question came to me: What if you had to live up to the person you created in the virtual world?”
The Defenders is still in the pre-production stages and is yet to receive a filming date.