Videogame Publisher Ubisoft Starts Film and TV Production Company

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Ubisoft, the French videogame publisher and developer responsible for such franchises as Assassin’s Creed, Prince of Persia and the Splinter Cell series is now moving into feature films. Variety reports that the publisher is launching Ubisoft Motion Pictures in order to adapt their properties for film and television. Jean-Julien Baronnet, who was the CEO of Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element) EuropaCorp, will head the Paris-based film division.

Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia game was adapted by Jerry Bruckheimer and was a fairly large commercial success, raking in $335 million worldwide. The same can’t be said of its critical reception. The immensely successful Assassin’s Creed series is the next logical film adaptation from the Ubisoft library, but one wonders if the company could pull off a successful adaptation of that magnitude for its first feature outing. There’s no official word on which properties are being eyed or even what outside producers would be brought in to foster them through development. Expect more information sooner rather than later.

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  • trick

    This reminds me of that trailer that was included with Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, like, 10 years ago
    I hope they finally bring that to life, cuz after 10 years, it’s about time
    An AC movie would be pretty sick though, but only AFTER they finish their trilogy…

  • Alex-mansy

    Gotta admit it would be pretty interesting to make a sneaker film on Splinter Cell. It would be original to see instead of a invincible james bond or bourne, that this guy is completely vulnerable and relies on stealth like skin.

  • Bryan

    Splinter Cell needs to be adapted for film. While the books that follow along the game series are mostly popcorn reading that try to capitalize on the popularity of the game, they do show the side of an elite spy you rarely see in the movies. They detail his training, preparation, and why he choses certain loadouts for missions (though not portrayed as cheesy as the gadgets in older Bond films). I think the OpSat also provides a unique plot device to convey some of the eternal dialogue of Sam. Let’s face it, Sam works alone and his only real speaking moments are with the Lambert, Grim and during interrogations. I look forward to seeing this develop some day.

    AC is an amazing franchise. I think the modern storyline of Templars vs Assassins in intriguing. Can they do the Animus and historical aspects of the story properly without it turning into some dream movie where we don’t invest anything in the characters because it’s just a memory replay? Questionable. This could turn out like Prince of Persia, lots of visuals and action, no substance. It really isn’t too different from PoP other than the main character pops back to reality in the future every so often.

  • KC

    The AC franchise could make an amazing tv series or movies. The number of different assassins throughout different ages would make an intriguing piece of narrative to leap into a tv series. I would prefer a tv series seen as the franchise and the story is way to big to fit it into a number of movies.

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