Sony & Arad Develop EverQuest

IGN Movies reports that Sony Pictures and former Marvel Studios honcho Avi Arad are teaming to bring the 3D online fantasy game “EverQuest” to the big screen.

The studio is apparently setting up the project for a 2009 or 2010 tentpole release. Michael Gordon (“300”) has been tapped to pen the screenplay.

EverQuest takes place in the fantastical world of Norrath — a realm inhabited by 14 different races including humans, ogres, elves and animal-human hybrids — and its moon Luclin. Other planes of reality also exist within the game’s universe. Players create avatars that can slay monsters, embark on quests or acquire treasure.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the fantasy epic will be based on an original pitch by Gordon and will feature some seminal characters from the game.