Sony takes on the video game adaptation of Rabbids
Anyone out there play any of the RABBIDS games? A while back it was announced that a handful of Ubisoft games would be adapted for the big screen, and RABBIDS was amongst them. While adaptations like ASSASSIN’S CREED and SPLINTER CELL have had better luck, RABBIDS finally got a studio to back their weird little rabbit movie. I guess they have about the same appeal as Minions, right? Silly little creatures doing funny things.
Today Sony announced that they would get the ball rolling with the video game flick in a press release:
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.
Jean-Julien Baronnet, Executive Director, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for Columbia Pictures, offered comment on the deal:
“Sony Pictures has tremendous experience developing hybrid live-action-and-animated blockbusters for audiences around the world, which makes them a natural fit for what we want to achieve with a Rabbids film,” said Baronnet. “This deal deepens our partnership with Sony Pictures and highlights our holistic approach to bringing Ubisoft’s brands to new audiences while still maintaining the brands’ creative integrity.”
Minghella added, “There is an infectious quality to the Rabbids. Their simple joy and absurd, anarchic behavior inadvertently causes you to look at the world afresh. There’s no end to the comedy and chaos they will cause when they invade our theaters.”
The Rabbids got their start as the crazy, loveable villains in Ubisoft’s Rayman video games and have since branched into comic books, collectibles, merchandise, mobile games, television and more. The latest example, The Rabbids Time Machine attraction at France’s second-biggest theme park Futuroscope, drew big crowds and rave reviews on its opening weekend and showcases Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ ability to successfully develop Ubisoft’s brands in new mediums.
The project will be overseen at Ubisoft by Ubisoft Motion Pictures and the group will actively participate in the film’s production. Minghella and Jonathan Kadin will oversee for Sony Pictures.
|Extra Tidbit:||Rayman Raving Rabbids, known in French as Rayman contre les Lapins Crétins means "Rayman against the Moronic Rabbits".|