Game publisher Tecmo has signed a license deal with US production company Mindfire Entertainment to make a live-action film based on its hit Dead Or Alive fighting game series. Shooting will begin by the end of this year, with release set for 2003.

Tecmo and Mindfire are now in the midst of talks regarding director, script, cast and distributor.

Developed by Team Ninja and first launched in 1996, Dead Or Alive is now in its third edition and has become the best-selling game of Tecmo's line-up. Published in November 2001, Dead Or Alive 3 for Xbox has taken the gaming world by storm with its hyper-realistic fighting action and settings, shipping more than one million units worldwide. It was voted the best Xbox game of 2001 by Gamespy magazine.

Mindfire is also producing a film based on the Sega game House Of The Dead, with production set to start early in 2002.