Ubisoft Lines Up WATCH DOGS, FAR CRY and RABBIDS for Feature Film Treatment

     June 12, 2013

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With French videogame studio Ubisoft already set to turn Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon into feature films, they’re now lining up another trio.  Word has it that Ubisoft is seeking movie adaptations for Watch Dogs, Far Cry and Rabbids.  Perhaps this will mark a new wave of competent video game adaptations since each project has already landed some heavy Hollywood hitters.  Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) has signed on to star in Assassin’s Creed, which is slated to open Memorial Day 2015; Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) will take on Splinter Cell; and Michael Bay will now be developing Ghost Recon as a franchise for Warner Bros.  So what’s in store for the next wave of video games-turned-feature films?  Hit the jump to find out.

Variety reports that Ubisoft is interested in proceeding with phase two of their adaptation plans.  The studio will also maintain creative control over their projects, meaning that the hiring of screenwriters, directors, cast, production companies and distribution studios will all be decided in part by CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet, with Ubisoft financing development of the scripts.

Far Cry and Rabbids are already familiar franchises to fans and Ubisoft hopes that Watch Dogs will be a new hit when it’s released November 19th.  The stealth game lets players hack into people’s phones and other devices, as well as the city’s infrastructure to carry out missions and stop criminals.  Basically, it lets the player use our overly-connected technology both as a means of accessing information and as a weapon.  Check out the latest trailer from E3 below to see what I mean:

(Call me crazy, but I could see Tom Cruise as the protagonist in this one.  The delivery and dialogue is 100% Cruise, but I don’t know if he’s got another franchise in him.  Or, just let Noam Jenkins transition from his voice role to the live-action role itself for once.)

As for Far Cry, each game has been different, with the first following an ex Special Forces operative who searches for a missing journalist on a mysterious island when the sailboat they were traveling on is destroyed by mercenaries.  Last year’s best-selling Far Cry 3 centers on American tourists who are abducted by pirates on an unmarked set of islands, and must try to survive in the jungle as they’re hunted by an insane drug trafficker.

Now for the more family-friendly franchise, Rabbids.  A spin-off of the studio’s hit Rayman,  Rabbids features an animated group of hyper, mischief-causing rabbits.  Nickelodeon will air “Rabbids Invasion” as an interactive TV show this fall, which will let viewers use Xbox One’s Kinect to play mini games featuring the characters.  Here’s the trailer from E3:

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