Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell franchises are already incredibly popular. They’ve spawned numerous sequels and they show no signs of slowing down. It’s no surprise they’re being turned into movies. Assassin’s Creed is set to star Michael Fassbender, Splinter Cell will be led by Tom Hardy, and both are due out in 2015. But today Ubisoft and New Regency are moving ahead on a new film adaptation from the video game developer–Watch Dogs, which hasn’t been released in stores yet. It’s got an action-friendly premise wherein you play Aiden Pearce, a grey hat hacker who can bend a hyper-connected Chicago to his will with his ability to hack into everything ranging from traffic lights to bank accounts. Ubisoft has been planning to adapt Watch Dogs into a movie for almost a year, but now they’re taking a substantial step forwards.
According to Deadline, Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been hired to handle the script. They’re good writers, so the larger question is whether or not Watch Dogs will be the hit Ubisoft expects. The game is promising, and I’m eager to play it, but I’m also worried that it’s promising far more than it can deliver. Hit the jump to check out the latest trailer and see what I mean. Watch Dogs will be released on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC on May 27th.