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.