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.