Around the time of the Wing Commander Movie release, a variety of tie-in promotions were announced. Some were released and others didn't make it, but one of the most fantastic projects to get the Wing Commander license was the Showscan WC Movie Ride. I believe the company had some hard times and a number of their projects like this fell through, but just the thought was absolutely exciting to us back in the day. Six years ago we ran the story that began like this.
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (INTERNET WIRE) -- 04/14/99 -- Showscan Entertainment Inc. (OTC BB: SHOW) Wednesday announced plans to produce two new simulation thrill ride films, "Wing Commander" and "Street Fighter II - The Ride."I can vividly imagine what the Wing Commander Ride might have been like, but what would the Street Fighter one have been about? You can find the original press release here.
"Wing Commander" has sold more than 9 million CD Rom games worldwide and is one of the top franchises in the computer game genre... Chris Roberts, who directed the "Wing Commander" feature film and created the game, said: "The Showscan ride is yet another evolutionary step for `Wing Commander.' We are thrilled about the opportunity to truly put audiences in the front seat of `Wing Commander''s spectacular action."
The partnership is currently in negotiations with several top effects and CGI companies in the film industry to round out the "Wing Commander" production team. Showscan, which will serve as producer and distributor of the ride, expects to release "Wing Commander" in January 2000.