Fox‘s Assassin’s Creed adaptation is seems to be going through the script writing version of musical chairs. Like a lot of other movies, Assassin’s Creed is bouncing from one re-write to the next, while that 2015 release date looms closer and closer. This time the script writing team of Adam Cooper and Bill Collage are taking a crack at Ubisoft‘s video game franchise. (more…)
Assassin’s Creed fans, rejoice! Earlier today, the next chapter in the popular series was revealed in a teaser trailer from Ubisoft, and while we still don’t know much, the short clip for Assassin’s Creed: Unity looks promising. (more…)
Remember those Ubisoft games that were announced as movie adaptations over these last few years? Well, as we steadily approach the release date of the first of three – Watch Dogs and Splinter Cell haven’t yet been given release dates – Assassin’s Creed is just now getting a rumored director. (more…)
It may seem a bit premature, but it looks like Ubisoft has already decided that they will be making a Watch Dogs movie. Now, with the amount of hype surrounding this game since it’s unveiling, I wouldn’t be surprised if it did well, and it really does look like one of the more promising games to come out this holiday season, but if there is one thing we’ve learned about gaming, it’s that nothing is a sure thing. Look no further than the lackluster sales of Tomb Raider and Dead Space 3 from this past year, which, while both were great games, sold far below what was anticipated. For those of you who haven’t yet heard the concept behind this game, here a brief description:
Watch Dogs centers on Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker bent on revenge and inflicting his own brand of justice after a violent family tragedy. Using all of his skills, Pearce hacks into Chicago’s Central Operating System (ctOS), which controls the city’s infrastructure, including security cameras, traffic lights, and public transportation, as well as databases containing key information on the city’s residents. In the game, Pearce turns the entire city of Chicago into his ultimate weapon.
That does sound like it would make a great movie, and considering Ubisoft has previously announced that it plans on turning Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed into movies, the announcement isn’t all that shocking, but it does make me curious. Columbia Pictures’ president of Production, Hannah Minghella, thinks that the adaptation is one that makes perfect sense.
The themes and open gameplay of Watch Dogs lends itself perfectly to the big screen. The game has intense action and adventure, but the story focuses on information and the control of information, which we think will lead to an exciting thriller. It has tremendous potential as a motion picture and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Ubisoft’s internal creative team on the development of the project.
So, what do you think? Is this something that should be getting a film adaptation, before it’s even released (which will be on November 15th, by the way)? Personally, I’d say, whether the game is successful or not, it’s film adaptation has just as good of a chance of being a success as any other video game-film adaptation, considering how different the two forms of media are. Maybe, Watch Dogs will be the video game movie to give us hope.
Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed, Tom Hardy in Splinter Cell, and Michael Bay producing Ghost Recon… All sound like great movies based on Ubisoft Games, which the video game studio is producing in-house a la Marvel Studios and their film production slate. Too bad none of them have even been scheduled to start production yet, let alone have a release date set in stone. Still, despite the fact that none of these movies have hit theaters yet, that’s not stopping Ubisoft from developing more movies based on their video game properties.
The games in question are Far Cry, Rabbids and Watch Dogs, and Variety reports that all three are going into production under the supervision CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet, who “will hire screenwriters, directors, cast and choose the production shingles and studios it wants to work with. Ubisoft will finance the development of the scripts.” However, no one’s yet been assigned to fill any of those roles yet, on any of those projects.
So what’s the attraction with these projects? Well, Far Cry might make a good straight-up action picture with its exotic locales and mercenaries versus warlords set-up, plus there’s the awful after taste of a Uwe Boll adaptation to wipe from the collective memory of video gamers and moviegoers.
Rabbids, a Rayman spin-off about zombie rabbits, was once supposed to be turned into a TV series in a collaboration with Wallace & Gromit producers Aardman, but it appears that any TV series idea is on the backburner or has been traded in for a more ambitious film project.
As for Watch Dogs, the actual game it’s to be based on isn’t even out yet, but it does sound like some crazy Tom Clancy meets William Gibson kind of concept. Scheduled for release this November, read the game description below:
The storyline of Watch Dogs game is built around the concept of information warfare, data being interconnected, and the world’s increasing use of technology—questioning who exactly runs the computers they depend on. The game is set in an alternate reality version of Chicago, Illinois, which is one of many cities to feature a supercomputer known as a “CtOS” (Central Operating System). The system controls almost every piece of technology in the city, and contains information on all of the city’s residents and activities which can be used for various purposes. In the game’s universe, the Northeast blackout of 2003 was found to be caused by a hacker, prompting the development of CtOS. The game will follow an antihero named Aiden Pearce, a highly skilled hacker described as a person who uses both “fists and wits.
That’s certainly an ambitious slate. One hopes that Ubisoft isn’t biting off more than they can chew with some many projects in the pipe.
More news as it develops.
There is a horrible black place, filled with evil, from which most video game movies spawn. This realm of failed dreams has dominated the niche thus far, but video game company Ubisoft hopes to change the trend. They’ve taken charge of making their own products into movies instead of letting other people ruin them, which is a good first step. Now, it looks like they’re trying to bring in some big names to further stack the deck in their favor. The problem is, they’ve just partnered up to produce Ghost Recon and the partner of choice in none-other-than dream-killer Michael Bay.
Sure, this will certainly land them a huge pile of monies, but I’m a bit skeptical about whether Bay’s involvement will make the movie “good” or not. There’s a slight note of hope, however, in that Bay is currently only involved at a production level. Now, if we can just keep him there…
Unfortunately, we don’t get much say in the matter. Ubisoft, Warner Bros. and Darth Bay are currently trying to find someone to write the script for this thing. After that, Bay will rest his beady eyes upon the pages and determine from there whether or not the story is worth of his unique lack of talent.
What do the Nerd Readers think? Is Ghost Recon right up Bay’s alley? Is the game even interesting enough to warrant a director that knows how to use actual story in a production? Or are things exploding everywhere the right way to go with this?
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
The E3 trailer for Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is online and can be watched below!
In Watch Dogs, players enter the dangerous world of Aiden Pearce, a new class of antihero whose ability to hack into any connected system could be his most powerful weapon. Whether it’s triggering a 30-car pileup by manipulating traffic-lights to trap an enemy during a downtown shootout or tapping into the city’s omnipresent security cameras to access anyone’s personal information, Pearce is capable of coercing and controlling almost every element of the world around him.
Watch Dogs goes beyond the limits of today’s open-world games by giving players the ability to control an entire city and monitor everything. It’s like GTA for the voyeuristic enthusiast. The hyper connectivity, and endless possibilities of this game are just insane. I dunno how enthralling the game play will be, but I can say it’s the most interesting cross-gen games currently in development
The anticipated game will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC on November 19 and for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the fourth quarter.
Unless you’re finely tuned to the London theater scene, you’ve likely never heard the name Michael Lesslie. He’s a twentysomething wunderkind who’s taken the great stages of Britain by storm. His words have been performed by acting greats like Michael Sheen and Derek Jacobi, he penned a well-received stage version of the Kevin Spacey movie Swimming with Sharks when he was barely out of Oxford, and he wrote an actual prequel to Hamlet called Prince of Denmark.
So what does he do for an encore? Duh, he’ll write the screenplay for the adaptation of Assassin’s Creed.
Okay, so it’s not exactly a lateral move, but it is a compelling one, the film already has Michael Fassbender attached to star, but Lesslie’s addition to the team certainly classes things up even more. Lesslie himself is relatively new to the feature screenwriting field having penned only a couple of unproduced scripts, but he has had several short film scripts produced, including the BAFTA-nominated “Heavy Metal Drummer,” directed by Toby MacDonald and Luke Morris.
So how does this affect the status of actually seeing the Assassin’s Creed movie? Well, producers were aiming for a summer 2013 start date for production, but it’s highly dubious that it’s going to get started that quickly with a new screenwriter attached and still no director on staff. Still, with the recent release of the third Assassin’s Creed game, Ubisoft and the gang are going to want to get going on this at a speed slightly better than average.
More news as it develops.
We’ve heard about UbiSoft working on film adaptations for some of its games, including Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell. Well, now it seems like the next on that list is the shooter series Ghost Recon.
Turns out they’ve got an edge on other game developers in the film adaptation arena because the head of UbiSoft Motion Pictures, Jean-Julien Baronnet, used to run movie director Luc Bresson’s EuropaCorp. That’s a pretty nifty connection to have!
There aren’t many details available in terms of what we can expect for the Ghost Recon film adaptation at this point in time. They’ll have quite a bit of flexibility, though, with the story as long as they get the look and feel of the thing just right.
Under the jump, you’ll find a short film that was released to promote Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and that may give you an idea of what we’d hope to expect for the film.
After toiling in Hollywood for years, it seems that actor Tom Hardy is getting the ultimate honor that an actor can get in the movie business: a starring role in his own franchise. And bonus points for it being based on a highly popular video game.
Following hot on the heels of the news that Eric Singer (The International) had been hired to write the screenplay for a Splinter Cell movie, comes word from Variety that Hardy has been cast as the lead character in the film. Here’s what Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet says about the developments on the Splinter Cell front:
“Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills. His involvement in the ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and … we’re confident he’ll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story … while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans.”
Ubisoft has been enjoying positive progress on turning their films into movies lately, the other recent big news being that Michael Fassbender was cast as the lead in the Assassin’s Creed movie. Hardy, meanwhile, is staying super busy with appearances in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, the Dennis Lehane adaptation Animal Rescue, and Doug Liman’s Everest.
What do you Bastards think? Is Hardy a good choice to lead Splinter Cell?