LOS ANGELES, CA — Empire Post Media, Inc. (OTCBB:EMPM) has optioned all rights to “In Search of Yamashita’s Gold,” a true story about the exploits of modern day treasure hunters seeking to recover millions of ounces of gold buried by the Japanese as they retreated from the Philippines at the end of World War II. If the company exercises the option, the owners of the rights will receive a profit participation as compensation.
Empire previously announced that the company had entered into a $40,000 contract to do a feasibility study to determine the viability of the material in several different formats, including book publishing, feature film, documentary, television series and videogame. According to Empire CEO Peter Dunn “Once we began to delve into this material, we realized that, in addition to the traditional platforms, this was a perfect project for an interactive e-book using audio and visual components to tell the story and something we’re enthusiastic about developing on our own.”
The legend of Yamashita’s gold goes back to the Japanese plan to plunder the wealth of Asia as their conquering armies swept through. Vast quantities of the loot were stashed in the Philippine islands by General Tomoyuki Yamashita before the Japanese surrendered, supposedly at over 175 different sites, including jungles, caves, behind waterfalls and occasionally beneath remote residences. Recent discoveries of the buried treasure have resulted in the death or imprisonment of treasure hunters and confiscation of the loot.
Development work on the project will be undertaken by in-house producers Richard Mann and Ellen Fontana, supervised by Dunn.
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