Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon & Splinter Cell Becoming 3D Movies

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:50 pm,

Ubisoft Video Game Movies Assassins Creed, Ghost Recon & Splinter Cell Becoming 3D Movies

We are about the enter the age of video game movies and while we’ve seen plenty of terrible adaptations over the years, Hollywood has only scratched the surface of the major video game properties available. With the growing push towards deeper stories and photo-realistic graphics and characters, let alone the growing list of Hollywood talent providing voices and likeness to video games, it’s an inevitability that video games are going the way of comic book films.

Two weeks ago, video game publisher/developer Ubisoft officially announced the formation of Ubisoft Motion Pictures with the goal of adapting their major franchise until feature films and television projects. We’ve already had an adaption of one of their IPs in last year’s Prince of Persia, courtesy of Disney, but there’s arguably even more potential with their other core video game series.

According to Variety, and as we predicted on Game Rant, Ubisoft is developing 3D feature films for three of their most popular franchises: Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed, the first two of which are under the Tom Clancy brand of games.

Prince of Persia, the first film based on an Ubisoft IP was a big budget film that banked over $330 worldwide at the box office but its reviews were poor and not even Disney could lift the genre out of the gutter. With Ubisoft taking the path of Marvel Studios in controlling their own brands and staying true to the source, they may just be the stalwarts Hollywood (and fans) have been waiting for to bring video game adaptations the level of quality they desperately need.

The following words from Ubisoft’s senior VP of international marketing and distribution, Jean de Rivieres, may put to rest early concerns about how faithful the films will be to the stories and characters of the games.

“Our strategy is not to diversify but to bolster the appeal of our franchises — that’s why we want to make sure our films will reflect the brands accurately and consolidate our fan base while expanding beyond the games’ primary target audience.”

Ubisoft Motion Pictures head, Jean-Julien Baronnet, explains that the studio will likely work with other studios for development and distribution.

“We want to keep ownership, retain control over the film content, and we’re open to work with studios on the development of our projects, and eventually collaborate on the pre-casting, pre-budget and script.”

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For those unfamiliar with the game franchises you’ll eventually see on the silver screen, Ghost Recon follows a team of special ops soldiers, the “Ghosts,” who are essentially tasked with the most important highly classified missions. It’s based in the near future during fictional international conflicts and the soldiers have the best tech and weaponry in the world. [Click images to enlarge]

Splinter Cell Movie 280x168 Assassins Creed, Ghost Recon & Splinter Cell Becoming 3D Movies

The other Tom Clancy property, Splinter Cell, involves one main protagonist unlike Ghost Recon’s team-mentality, and follows the story of Sam Fisher, a secret agent working for Third Echelon, a secret branch of the NSA. Fisher uses stealth more than weapons and his missions often involve infiltration to gather intelligence. In the later games, Fisher’s tale takes a twist and he goes undercover, eventually leaving Third Echelon as things get very personal when his daughter gets involved.

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Assassin’s Creed is Ubisoft’s newest and hottest property. It’s by far the most interesting and contemporary of the three, and the most difficult to summarize. Think of it as Prince of Persia meets Lost but with an actual story and legitimate characters. It’s based in the future and follows (more or less) the story of a bartender named Desmond Miles who’s captured by a mysterious corporation and put into a machine where he relives the memories of his ancestors, Assassins, who are mixed in a worldwide conspiracy and timeless war against the Templars. The series blends historical figures and events with a very interesting and deep science-fiction aspect and would undoubtedly spawn an incredible long-standing film franchise if done right.

We can only hope that if they’re pushing scripts for each of three three properties that they think long-term and don’t try to mix stories from multiple games into one feature film. Start it proper and let the series and characters develop.

Which Ubisoft game movie are you most excited for? Where’s the love for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six?


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Source: Variety

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  2. I would love an Assassins Creed movie if done right.

  3. Kristen Bell better play her character.

  4. Well, there’s no denying an Assassins Creed movie would be incredibly cool, it has a great story that would really work well in live action. I would definitely pay to see that, as long as they stick to the games storyline (Preferably the second game and focus on Ezio with a cool cameo for Altair) but they won’t do that, video game movies usually ignore what the original games have to offer and go with their own thing, which is always as mistake.

    • I don’t believe you read the article. Specifically the part where it mentions that the movies will be handled by UBISOFT (direct quote from above) “Our strategy is not to diversify but to bolster the appeal of our franchises — that’s why we want to make sure our films will reflect the brands accurately and consolidate our fan base while expanding beyond the games’ primary target audience.” thats straight from one of the execs over at UBISOFT…In a nutt shell, these movies are going to be done by the people who manufactured the games.

      • I did read the article, thank you very much, but these companies are not going to be able to solely finance a $150 million dollar movie, they will need a studio to foot some, if not most of the bill.
        They certainly have good intentions.

    • No. Please no more damn Ezio. There’s 3 games now that he’s featured in and I was sick of him in since AC2. Altair is such a better character. But I took a survey couple months ago that was about Ubi’s venture into movies. From what I gather from the questions, one of things they’re thinking about is have the movies be i focus on an entirely new character for each AC film with a storyline slightly connected to the games. Side characters from the game may or may not be included. That was one of the ideas I saw to choose.

      • Whats the third game that hes in?

        • They just announced it. Assassin’s Creed Revelations.

  5. A Creed movie will be cool. Does have obvious potential but I did also say that about prince of Persia.

    • Prince of Persia fell on its face because of disney…they are good with Pirates and cartoons, not so much with video game adapts.

    • Prince of Persia had less potential because if you played Sands of Time, there was not characterization. In fact, the protagonist didn’t even have a name in the game.

      These three franchises all have a long history, with deep backstory. Splinter Cell & AC specifically, have real cinematic-quality characters that can easily translate into films should they decide to truly follow the source material.

  6. Assassin’s Creed is a deep, rich, wonderfully realised franchise that would be perfect for movies.

    Ubisoft know this already because they made a short film to promote their last Assassin’s Creed game, Brotherhood:

    I was pleasantly surprised by the production qualities and most especially by how ‘joined up’ it was with the games. I recognised the actors from having seen them in the game. It seems they motion captured the actors for the cut-scenes at the same time as making the movie. And the acting is pretty decent, too.

    All in all, it makes me quite optimistic about what the can do with a serious budget and genuine focus.

    • Um those 3 part shorts were made to promote Assassin’s Creed 2 not brotherhood. It was a story that took place right before AC2.

      • You’re quite right. Sorry, I played AC 2 and AC Brotherhood back-to-back, so they always seem fairly interchangeable to me!

  7. This is how any game-to-movie adapation should be done. I really dig how Ubisoft wants to control their brands and the quality. We’ve all seen far to many sad adaptions. I hope Clancy will be involved in scripting the Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell movies. He’s been very much involved in all games. As for Assassins Creed I think they could really expand the plot. There’s a core plot and the storyline in each game, but what that company truly wants, who’s behind it and whatnot is still to be explored. I think all of these projects have potential. Even though Ghost Recon as a game series probably has the most thin stories out of the three the books involving the team are superb and could be used as well.

  8. Such good news

  9. I love Assassin’s Creed series. But I think the story is too large and complicated to be translated into a movie. Maybe the first Assassin’s Creed movie could be made because at the time the story is still simple.

    But after that the story goes very complicated especially with ‘The Truth’ thing in the second game. There are side stories about the history of Assassins and Templars which is too interseting to be left behind.

    I think a TV Series is more suitable than movie in this case.

    • Don’t worry that large complicated story won’t be in the movie. I seriously won’t be surprised if they just made it a period piece.

      • it should be a period film but with sci fi elements start the film in the future and have small scenes in the room where they hold desmond and film the rest of the movie on location in Jerusalem or whatever location they want the film to take place. ya kinda like the game just with more char dev with desmond with the chick and her knowledge about the assassins and hint of her involvment. it would work perfectly.

        • Well that’s basicly how the video game goes. But to get a character development there must be plenty of switch between Altair and Desmond’s story. And that would be a very convoluted story to fit a 2 hours movie.

        • No I was saying I wouldn’t be surprised if its a period film as in one era and its all about Jerusalem no time travel ancestors stuff. I don’t really think that being little sarcastic trying to point out how studios won’t stay true to the source material

  10. Creed may work but I would love old games to be turn into movies like Metal Gear Solid.

  11. It will not work..maybe splinter cell..MAYBE

  12. With assassins creed they should have Jake gyllenhall and Ben Kingsley star and give it a 200 million dollar budget and…… Oh wait….

    • If you’re trying to make some sort of sarcastic failed similarity of AC to PoP series you’re dead wrong and obviously haven’t played either.

  13. Great news. Ive been hoping/waiting for an AC movie for a long time. Splinter Cell would make an awesome movie too… They should go off of Double Agent amd Conviction, since those are the 2 best games in my opinion, and essentially follow a consistant story

  14. @”it’s an inevitability that video games are going the way of comic book films.”

    Except the fatal flaw in that logic is that video games are made to be PLAYED, not watched. That’s exactly why the majority of them SUCK. Unlike comic books, most video games don’e have enough dialogue to carry a feature film, and the writers have to make-up the rest. There’s exceptions to that, but very few.

    • Ghost…

      You’re right, for the most part, but remember that (at least) “Assassin’s Creed” and “Splinter Cell” concentrate on specific protagonists and already have storylike qualities…AC even has a narrative thread. IF done carefully and with particular missions or events in mind, scripts could be developed showcasing these games and making them into interesting, successful films.

      We can only hope…

    • @Ghost,

      Have you played the Assassin’s Creed games? They have more dialogue, character and story than any film this year.

      • No, I grew out of video games years ago.

  15. I think video game movies should stick to a full CGI animated film rather than live action.. Because let’s face it. Mostly all live action video game films always end up bad..

    I think all video game companies should go for what namco and capcom is going for.. Resident Evil: Degeneration was great. And what I’ve seen from the teaser of TEKKEN: BLOOD VENGEANCE, it was way cooler than the live action film of the same name

  16. HELL YES! (All I have to say..)

  17. I thought that spike had an assassins creed movie on a while ago?…

    Anyways, if they did make an AC movie, there would HAVE to be sequeals the game is too complex for just one movie…

    Im excited for Splinter Cell to, who could play Sam?

    And why isnt rainbow six on this list? thats the game that i grew up on and I think that its over due that it had a good movie adaptation…

  18. Once I started playing the first AC I immediately thought that it would be an awesome movie. The writing for the game alone stands tall against most action/scifi movies out already. Now if Ubisoft wants to take control of their properties than they will make the first AC the first movie. The story of Altair is so incredible, still shrouded in mystery and very original. It would be way cool to see a huge origins montage of how the assassins started. If given to the right director and cinematographer this could be the best adaptation ever. My wish list would be…
    Director: Danny Boyle
    Cinematographer: John Mathieson(Kingdom of Heaven)
    Altair: Saïd Taghmaoui
    Desmond: Ben Foster
    Lucy: Kristen Bell(obviously!)
    Warren Vidic: Brian Cox
    All the other characters could be portrayed by pretty much anybody that the studio feels the need for. Just NO JAKE GYLLENHALL!!!!

  19. If they are gonna do a Splinter Cell movie I would like it to be about the intensity and perils of stealth missions instead of what it might eventually be…… A new Jason Bourne.

  20. will be interesting to see if they water down there products given that video games have taken over the r rated movie genre

  21. I’m not sure if tis is good news or not after watching that travesty Prince o Persia although if done right Splinter cell and AC would be two awesome movie franchises, although I can’t say the same abot GR because I never playe it

  22. assasins creed would be an awesome movie. love the games

  23. Motion capture for AC, the others live action, they just need to get a good team aboard, and don’t let the studio mess everything up, same goes for Devil may cry.

  24. I sort of got burned out on video games back in the early 90′s and I was never a FPS player. However! All these games have compelling descriptions and if they focus on giving life to the characters and the stories I would certainly be up to watch them. I currently got pulled into the Resident Evil movies on the strength of the story in the very first one. I know now that they haven’t lived up to too many people’s expectations, (DUH) but I’m one that likes to stick it out if I commit to a set of movies. so.. I’m compelled to watch them even if it only turns out that I red box them. Anyway here’s hoping Ubisoft gets what it wants, it’s certainly nice that something else is making it into theaters besides remakes of movies I’ve already seen…

  25. Assassin’s Creed! Can’t wait!

  26. I could care les for a splinter cell or ghost recon movie. Much rather would like to see Assassin’s Creed have a shot first at the silver screen. If and when they do decide to greenlight it. One of the things(besides being faithful to the series)I think is important is that series composer Jesper Kyd do the soundtrack or Jesper collaborate with another artist to do the soundtrack. Either way he must be making music for the AC movie or I’ll refuse to watch.

  27. I think Assassin’s Creed would make a super Sci-Fi story for our era.

    However, that said, it needs to be more in the vein of a Resident Evil saga, in that the same characters/actors are carried throughout the series, not everything else about the Resident Evil movie series…LOL.

    I would get behind a well-made Dark – very R-Rated Assassin’s Creed movie, now who to cast? Anyone mention Depp yet? Seems he could get his acting chops into a character like Enzio.

  28. @ rob
    dude the AC movie must be like: inception + gladiator + (a little) matrix + (some)last year in marienbad + (mostly) Kubrick style kind of thing.

    and thats some massive s*** to achieve

    boy i wish i could direct this ;

  29. I really think that PoP would’ve been great if it had been done completely in CGI like the new Tekken movie will be. They would’ve been able to do so much more, better yet they could’ve turned that last game into just a feature film since it wasn’t very long & didn’t have much of an ending.