Ubisoft‘s highly anticipated open world game Watch Dogs for the next gen consoles is still a month away from release, but Sony isn’t wasting any time: Last August plans were announced to adapt the game into a feature film, and now the studio has hired Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, known best for writing Zombieland, GI JOE: Retaliation, and the in-development script for the Deadpool film to pen the Watch Dogs screenplay.
The news was broken by Deadline: Watch Dogs is being added to a rather full docket of films that Wernick and Reese are working on including Epsilon (?), Cowboy Ninja Viking (which I would see based on the title alone), and an adaptation of Micronauts the writers are developing with J.J. Abrams (AWESOME!!!)
The story of Watch Dogs the game (and presumably the film) concerns a man with the ability to hack into any sort of electronics and his personal quest to avenge a family tragedy.
Ubisoft has been recruiting some top flight talent for the feature film adaptations of their games–such as Tom Hardy in Splinter Cell and Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed, both of which are due to begin filming soon. Plans to adapt Far Cry and Rabbids are also in the works.
Here’s the plot synopsis for Watch Dogs (the game), which is scheduled to be released on all next generation consoles May 27th:
Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch_Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society. Using the city as your weapon, you will embark on a personal mission to inflict your own brand of justice.
Chicago’s overarching network is known as the Central Operating System (ctOS), and it controls almost all of the city’s technology and information – including key data on all of the city’s residents.
You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you’ll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You’ll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy… and more.
We’ll have info regarding the film’s cast, director and release as soon as it is made available.