Under a deal with Vivendi Universal Games, some of the works of Robert Ludlum, who penned such thrillers as "The Bourne Identity" are to become video games. Vivendi Universal will have the right to develop, publish and distribute multi-platform games based on the best selling titles from Ludlum. Some best-selling series and related films, such as "Bourne" and "Covert One", are headed for a PC or a console near you.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to launch a new line of games inspired by some of the most exciting spy-action franchises ever created," said Bruce Hack, CEO of VU Games.

"The interest in Robert Ludlum's works is enormous, as evidenced by the worldwide popularity and commercial success of his books and movies. VU Games intends to aggressively establish Ludlum as a top tier games brand with high-quality franchises poised to go head-to-head with other major spy-action games in the industry."

Itís interesting to see the dividing line between fiction and computer games increasingly blur.