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Ubisoft announces plans for film versions of Watch Dogs, Far Cry and Rabbids

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Video game publisher and developer Ubisoft announced plans a while ago for film adaptations of ASSASSIN'S CREED, SPLINTER CELL and GHOST RECON. Michael Fassbender is still attached to ASSASSIN'S CREED, as is Tom Hardy for SPLINTER CELL and it was just announced a couple of days ago that Michael Bay might develop the GHOST RECON film. But apparently Ubisoft has plans for some of their other properties too.

Variety is reporting that the film division of Ubisoft is planning on three more movies based on their games and they are RABBIDS, FAR CRY and WATCH DOGS. RABBIDS and FAR CRY are both franchises with multiple games while WATCH DOGS won't be released until November of this year. Ubisoft will have full creative control of the films (as they do for ASSASSIN'S CREED, SPLINTER CELL and GHOST REACON) meaning they can hire and work with whoever they want, from actors and screenwriters to production shingles and studios.

Since this has just been announced there aren't that many details on what we can expect for the films although apparently RABBIDS will be a live-action film with CG rabbit characters, similar to THE SMURFS or ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS. Also the movies won't be straight up adaptations but stand alone titles with new plots different from the games.

FAR CRY was adapted in to a film in 2008 but that was directed by Uwe Boll so clearly there's room for improvement. RABBIDS will probably work as a children's movie (think the Minions from DESPICABLE ME) but I'm surprised Ubisoft has this much confidence in WATCH DOGS. The video game made quite an impression at last year's E3 but still it hasn't actually come out yet. If the game turns out to be shit (and amazing looking games do turn out to be garbage sometimes) it would be kind of embarrassing. The game does look interesting though. Check it out the trailer below:

Ubisoft looks like it wants to be a major player in Hollywood. ASSASSIN'S CREED is the one that interests me the most and I think a lot of these film versions of games are going to need that film to succeed in order for these projects to move forwards.

Extra Tidbit: What was the highlight of this year's E3 in your opinion?
Source: Variety

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9:20AM on 06/13/2013
Producing a movie of a video game that hasn't come out yet might work to their advantage. It's not a beloved property just yet, so expectations could be tempered.
Producing a movie of a video game that hasn't come out yet might work to their advantage. It's not a beloved property just yet, so expectations could be tempered.
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9:04AM on 06/13/2013
It would seem that Stargate Ubisoft Sparkle have watched how Marvel is doing it...and want to follow likewise and I have no problem with this given that I love the Assassin Creed games and it's the only game I don't pay for out of my son's game allowance despite letting him play/complete most of it (I just get a blast watching the movie type clips throughout the game...especially the endings ...though admittedly the last one was somewhat underwhelming. AC is the only Ubisoft game we buy but if
It would seem that Stargate Ubisoft Sparkle have watched how Marvel is doing it...and want to follow likewise and I have no problem with this given that I love the Assassin Creed games and it's the only game I don't pay for out of my son's game allowance despite letting him play/complete most of it (I just get a blast watching the movie type clips throughout the game...especially the endings ...though admittedly the last one was somewhat underwhelming. AC is the only Ubisoft game we buy but if anyone has seen their epic trailers for this or the non game play footage during the games...they clearly know how to pull of cool looking scenes and I'm more than happy for them to retain complete control over everything - I didn't even touch on how good the actual stories are. Why let someone else take the name and give us something completely different - what's the point in that?
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9:00AM on 06/13/2013
A live-action version of Watch Dogs already exists, it's called Person of Interest. The game looks like a blast, but that's what it looks like to me, and that's no necessarily a bad thing. Person of Interest is one of my favorite shows right now.
A live-action version of Watch Dogs already exists, it's called Person of Interest. The game looks like a blast, but that's what it looks like to me, and that's no necessarily a bad thing. Person of Interest is one of my favorite shows right now.
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8:52AM on 06/13/2013
Extra tidbit: The new Xbox One. On the surface it looks totally awesome with all those new high graphic games. However, with deeper thinking, I think I'm better off with my Xbox 360.
Extra tidbit: The new Xbox One. On the surface it looks totally awesome with all those new high graphic games. However, with deeper thinking, I think I'm better off with my Xbox 360.
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8:18AM on 06/13/2013
Oh, Uwe Boll's Far Cry. What a magnificent train wreck that was. Then again, the same can be said of any other video game movie he bastardised. I certainly hope the franchise is in good hands because it does have cinematic potential. I'm not much of a gamer at all, but Michael Fassbender being attached to the Assassin's Creed movies is exciting news anyway.
Oh, Uwe Boll's Far Cry. What a magnificent train wreck that was. Then again, the same can be said of any other video game movie he bastardised. I certainly hope the franchise is in good hands because it does have cinematic potential. I'm not much of a gamer at all, but Michael Fassbender being attached to the Assassin's Creed movies is exciting news anyway.
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