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Odyssey Marine Exploration and Walt Disney Pictures Team Up Online In "The World's Biggest Treasure Hunt"
Newest online games promoting NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS feature Odyssey's shipwreck exploration operations and SS Republic® shipwreck site
Tampa, FL - October 30, 2007 - Action, suspense, and the opportunity to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in authentic shipwreck treasure from Odyssey Marine Exploration, or even a brand new Mercedes-Benz, are attracting users everywhere to play "The World's Biggest Treasure Hunt". The online experience at www.disney.com/NationalTreasure is both a multi-week treasure hunt game and the official website for Walt Disney Pictures' and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS, in theatres everywhere December 21.
Every two weeks, "The World's Biggest Treasure Hunt" opens a new location featuring two new games. In the latest addition to the site, visitors can test their reflexes and talents as ocean explorers by piloting Odyssey's Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) ZEUS through the SS Republic shipwreck site to search for treasure, or by testing their memory in sonar-themed puzzles. Players of these games are eligible to win authentic shipwreck treasure from the Civil War era SS Republic shipwreck discovered by Odyssey.
NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS reaches back into the Civil War era, as the film's hero Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) sets out on an action-packed global quest to unravel the mystery of 18 missing pages from the diary of John Wilkes Booth that implicate Gates' great-great grandfather as a key conspirator in President Lincoln's assassination. "The World's Biggest Treasure Hunt" website allows visitors to interact with film content and play a variety of online games themed around the movie's globe-trotting adventures.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Walt Disney Studios on this unprecedented promotion" stated Greg Stemm, Odyssey Co-Founder. "There are some amazing parallels between the shipwreck treasure of the SS Republic and the plot of NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS. The film begins as the Civil War is ending, about the same time that the SS Republic was on her way from New York to New Orleans carrying a fortune in coins and cargo to help rebuild the war-ravaged South. Amazingly, rare coins minted by the Confederacy in 1861 were among the treasures carefully recovered from the shipwreck in the most extensive deep ocean archaeological excavation ever accomplished."
Visitors who play at least one game from each location in "The World's Biggest Treasure Hunt" over the ten week promotion period will be eligible to win the grand prize, an all-new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-class car, the vehicle featured in the film, filled with real treasures. Entertainment Tonight, the #1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine show in the world, plans to announce the winners on the show leading up to the film's opening day on December 21.
About Odyssey Marine Exploration
Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ:OMEX) is the world's leader in deep ocean shipwreck exploration. Odyssey uses innovative methods and state-of-the-art technology to conduct extensive deep-ocean search and archaeological recovery operations around the world. Odyssey discovered the Civil War era shipwreck of the SS Republic® in 2003 and recovered over 50,000 coins and 14,000 artifacts from the site nearly 1,700 feet deep. The authentic shipwreck treasure prizes offered in "The World's Biggest Treasure Hunt" are from the SS Republic® shipwreck site and include coins minted during the Civil War by the Confederate States of America. In May 2007, the Company announced the largest historic deep ocean find of over 500,000 silver and gold coins, weighing 17 tons, from a colonial era site code-named "Black Swan". Odyssey has several shipwreck projects in various stages of development around the world.
Odyssey offers various ways to share in the excitement of deep-ocean exploration by making shipwreck treasures and artifacts available to collectors, the general public and students through its webstore, exhibits, books, videos, merchandise, and educational programs. Odyssey's "SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure" exhibit recently opened at the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry. For details on the Company's activities and commitment to the preservation of maritime heritage please visit www.shipwreck.net.
About "NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS"
In this follow up to the box-office hit "National Treasure," treasure hunter Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) once again sets out on an exhilarating, action-packed new global quest to unearth hidden history and treasures.
When a missing page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth surfaces, Ben's great-great grandfather is suddenly implicated as a key conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's death. Determined to prove his ancestor's innocence, Ben follows an international chain of clues that takes him on a chase from Paris to London and ultimately back to America. This journey leads Ben and his crew not only to surprising revelations - but to the trail of the world's most treasured secrets.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Jon Turteltaub and directed by Turteltaub, the story reunites the original cast including Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Academy Award ® -winner Jon Voight and Academy Award® -nominee Harvey Keitel, joined this time by four-time Academy Award® -nominee Ed Harris and 2006 Academy Award® -winner Helen Mirren. Story by The Wibberleys & Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, Screenplay by The Wibberleys. Based on characters created by Jim Kouf and Oren Aviv & Charles Segars. "NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS" opens in theatres December 21, 2007.
About The Walt Disney Studios
The Walt Disney Studios is a unit of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and produces and distributes motion pictures under the following banners: Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation, Disney-Pixar Animation as well as Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures and Miramax Films. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International serves as the Studio's international distribution arm. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment distributes Disney and other film titles to the rental and sell-through home entertainment markets. Disney Theatrical Group is among the world's most successful commercial theatre enterprises producing or licensing live entertainment events that reach a global annual audience of more than 20 million people in more than 40 countries, and the Disney Music Group distributes original music and motion picture soundtracks under its four record labels: Walt Disney Records, Buena Vista Records, Hollywood Records and Lyric Street Records.
Odyssey Marine Exploration believes the information set forth in this Press Release may include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. Certain factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are set forth in "Risk Factors" in the Part I, Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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