From Cinematical

It truly has become a geek's world. Heroes star, former Industrial Light & Magic effects artist, gamer, and all-around cool nerd Masi Oka has signed a deal with Dreamworks to develop his feature film The Defenders, about a group of MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing game) players who get together for a real-life adventure.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Oka and writer Gary Whitta bonded over their love of "World of Warcraft" and pondered the idea that in online games, according to Oka, "[y]ou 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?"

Dreamworks producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are on board after getting an improvised pitch from Oka, who'd come in to their offices to talk about an acting job. After hearing from Orci that the producers wanted to make "the kinds of movies that Amblin used to do, that combined an innocence with the adventure," Oka -- a big fan of The Goonies -- took the opportunity to sell them on his project. It worked, and D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) is now set to direct.

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categories Movies, Sci-Fi