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Ubisoft expanding from games to films with new movie studio branch

05.03.2011
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Apparently a $335M worldwide gross for last year's PRINCE OF PERSIA perked up quite a few ears over at Ubisoft, the studio who made the original game.

The company has now opened up a new division called Ubisoft Motion Pictures in Paris, which will be led by former EuropaCorp CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet, and whose prime directive will be adapting Ubisoft's game franchises into movies and TV shows.

Ubisoft has also recently purchased visual effects studio Hybride Technologies and it seems they're serious about trying to make a splash in the movie business. They have a lot of properties under their belt, as in addition to Prince of Persia, we could be seeing films or shows based on Call of Juarez, Drive, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Heroes of Might and Magic, No More Heroes or finally Assassin's Creed, perhaps their series most likely to get the big screen treatment.

But is Ubisoft's in-house studio the right place for all these potential projects? On one hand it's nice that those who made the games will be closely tied to making the films, but just because you can make a good video game, that doesn't necessarily translate into an ability to make a movie. Also, they might have to work with much smaller budgets than most blockbusters, and the films could suffer from that.

An interesting development to be sure, and I wonder if we might see something similar from other studios in the future.

Extra Tidbit: Will someone make a good Mass Effect movie already?
Source: Engadget

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8:07AM on 05/04/2011
Well at least the studio will be involved with the movie. I wish i could say the same for the Uncharted movie (is that still in the works?)
Well at least the studio will be involved with the movie. I wish i could say the same for the Uncharted movie (is that still in the works?)
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6:35PM on 05/03/2011
That's all and good, but I want the AC storyline completed with Assassin's Creed 3 before we get a movie adaptation.
That's all and good, but I want the AC storyline completed with Assassin's Creed 3 before we get a movie adaptation.
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4:22PM on 05/03/2011
prince of persia was garbage..the prince is armed with swords..cut someone in half for crying out loud
prince of persia was garbage..the prince is armed with swords..cut someone in half for crying out loud
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3:56PM on 05/03/2011
after playing Splinter Cell Conviction, i could totally see it being made into a movie, as long as they get someone with a deep raspy voice like sam fisher since i doubt michael ironside could do it, im kinda for vin diesel or george clooney as sam fisher
after playing Splinter Cell Conviction, i could totally see it being made into a movie, as long as they get someone with a deep raspy voice like sam fisher since i doubt michael ironside could do it, im kinda for vin diesel or george clooney as sam fisher
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5:14PM on 05/03/2011
They should start by adapting the good Splinter Cell games first.
They should start by adapting the good Splinter Cell games first.
3:12PM on 05/03/2011

About time

I've been aching for a Splinter Cell flick since I played the first game.
I've been aching for a Splinter Cell flick since I played the first game.
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