Sony Pictures and Ubisoft Motion Pictures are teaming on a full-length feature film based on the Rabbids, the bad guys from Ubisoft’s Rayman video games that have spawned spinoff TV series, merchandising, comic books and even a theme park attraction in France. It’s the latest feature film play for Ubisoft based on its vidgame properties. Ubisoft is working with New Regency on developing Splinter Cell starring Tom Hardy, with Fox on Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender, and again with Sony based on Watch Dogs. Here’s today’s release:
LOS ANGELES — February 10, 2014 — Today, Ubisoft and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the studios are partnering to develop a full-length feature film based on the Rabbids, the irreverent, wacky characters from the popular TV series and video games.
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The Watch Dogs video game is scheduled to debut later this year on Sony Pictures‘ parent Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4, which just got a November 15 release date in the U.S. The collaboration on the “blockbuster movie” with New Regency is the latest deal for Ubisoft‘s movie unit Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which is also teaming with New Regency on a Splinter Cell movie starring Tom Hardy and an Assassin’s Creed adaptation with Michael Fassbender toplining among other projects. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillamot said onstage during Sony’s press event at GamesCon in Germany that in 20 years, he and PlayStation executives would look back on the tie-up as a game changer in the game space. Here’s Sony’s release:
Culver City, CA August 20, 2013 – Today at the Sony Computer Entertainment press conference at GamesCom, Ubisoft® announced that its film and television division, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, is collaborating with Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency on development of a feature film based on Watch Dogs™, Ubisoft’s highly anticipated open world action-adventure video game, available for Sony’s PlayStation 4 this holiday.
“Sony Pictures and New Regency are ideal partners for us,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer, Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Their deep production expertise and willingness to allow us to maintain a strong creative voice in the film means that we’re on track to deliver a movie that can build upon the excitement that Watch Dogs already is generating as a game.”
Commenting on the announcement, Hannah Minghella, president of Production for Columbia Pictures, said, “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.”
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Frank Marshall will produce Assassin’s Creed, the co-production between New Regency and Ubisoft that has Michael Fassbender attached to star. This comes after Basil Iwanyk boarded Splinter Cell, the other vidgame transfer between these companies. That project has Tom Hardy starring and Eric Singer writing the … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Looks like things are getting serious on the New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures adaptation of Splinter Cell, the mega-selling video game series. They’ve brought in Basil Iwanyk to produce the film through his Thunder … Read More »
BREAKING: Tom Hardy has become attached to star in the film based on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell video game, and Eric Warren Singer has been set to write the script. The project isn’t set up at a studio yet, but is moving forward with the game universe’s France-based company Ubisoft.
Studios have been vying to make a deal for the franchise, with Warner Bros and Paramount recently rumored to be knocking on the door earlier this summer. Singer, who wrote the thriller The International, also scripted the Black List script American Bullshit, which is being made as an untitled drama that David O Russell is directing with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner starring.
The original game, revolves around Sam Fisher, a covert operative who so far has been put on six missions covering six installments of the game that has sold 22 million units and spawned several novels. Hardy will play Fisher. After his recent turns in Warrior, The Dark Knight Rises, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Inception, Hardy is on everybody’s most wanted list. He’ll next star in the George Miller-directed Mad Max: Fury Road and is being offered just about every movie these days, it seems.
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BREAKING: New Regency has made a deal to finance and distribute Assassin’s Creed, the screen adaptation of the Ubisoft video game that has Michael Fassbender attached to star. The project was hatched by the game maker’s Ubisoft Motion Pictures division, and the company will have strong creative input as the projects moves into the script stage. Details of the deal were not disclosed, but this is a whopping commitment for a franchise that has sold 37 million games, with the latest installment arriving in stores on Halloween.
“This is the perfect intersection of what we have been trying to do, and that is to work with top quality talent like Michael Fassbender,” said Regency CEO Brad Weston. “We see this as our first big commercial action franchise property. Fassbender just did 12 Years A Slave with us, and he is as good an actor as there is right now. The storyline we are pursuing has a great narrative and because Ubisoft’s games are so character- and story-driven, Assassin’s Creed lends itself perfectly to our goal to re-brand Regency as a filmmaker-driven company.”
Weston said he respected how selective the Paris-based company has been in turning their vidgame properties into features, and said he recalled taking the pilgrimage to Paris six years ago to try coaxing the company to make a deal. Ubisoft Motion Pictures is separately percolating two features based on the Tom Clancy-branded Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon video games. Read More »