Ubisoft’s new production company, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, has yet to begin filming its debut feature film based on an existing video game series, Assassin’s Creed, which will star Michael Fassbender in the lead role. There’s a definite feeling, though, that once they get rolling, it’ll be difficult to get them to stop. Ubisoft has already announced two additional titles: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell - starring Tom Hardy - and Ghost Recon - which will be developed by Michael Bay.
The pace isn’t going to slow down after that, either, as Ubisoft Motion Pictures has just added three more titles to their list of planned features (perhaps it’s easier to organize such things when you already own the intellectual property rights).
These are still very early in the development stage, and in one case the game that the movie will be based on isn’t even out yet, but Variety reports that UMP is putting together the following package of film projects and are planning to take to them to Hollywood.
Watch Dogs (occasionally spelled WATCH_DOGS for some reason) is definitely one of the most interesting new IPs being shown at E3 this year, and could be the next major Ubisoft open-world sandbox series for gamers who are growing a little tired of Assassin’s Creed‘s annual releases.
The game takes place in a timeline slightly alternate to our own, in which an attack on a New York State transmission control room leaves 55 million Americans in the Northeast deprived of light and electricity. By the time the lights come back on, 11 people have died amidst the panic, and as a result, a new central control system called ctOS is implemented in cities all across the country to prevent such an attack from ever happening again.
Since the ctOS controls literally everything that uses electricity or an Internet connection – including security systems, surveillance, vehicles, phones, laptops, traffic lights and subways – anyone who controls the system, or is capable of hacking it, is left with a dizzying amount of information and power at their fingertips. The protagonist of the game is a hacker named Aiden Pearce, who uses the ctOS to exact vigilante justice and seek revenge for events in his past – in whichever way the player sees fit.
Although Watch Dogs won’t be released until November, it’s already plain to see that the central conceit is one of interactivity: the ability to control electronic objects in the immediate area and use them to manipulate events and gain knowledge. As a result, the story lends itself far more easily to a video game than it does to a movie, but that’s not to say that it would be impossible to make a decent action movie out of all that hacking action. Ubisoft certainly seems to believe so, as they’ve had Watch Dogs movie domain names registered for almost a year.