Ubisoft Making ‘Watch Dogs,’ ‘Far Cry’ & ‘Raving Rabbids’ Movies

Published 1 year ago by , Updated June 13th, 2013 at 12:08 pm,

Michael Mando as Vaas Montenegro in Far Cry 3 Ubisoft Making Watch Dogs, Far Cry & Raving Rabbids Movies

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.

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‘Watch Dogs’

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.

Aiden Pearce in Watch Dogs Ubisoft Making Watch Dogs, Far Cry & Raving Rabbids Movies

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.

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  1. If there was a Blood Dragon movie, I’d watch it.

  2. watch dogs looks amazing and im all in for a movie same with far cry 3. although i really want my uncharted movie to get maid comonn make it already!!!

  3. They could always get Uwe Boll to direct the sequel to his first Far Cry movie :-p

    • *sighs* Go wait outside in the car Helghastuser.

  4. So clearly ScreenRant aren’t gaming fans. Watch Dogs wasn’t announced at this E3… that was last year’s E3…. This year was just more of it. Also the rabbids is a tv show… not a movie.

    • I also write for Game Rant, and since I’m helping to cover the E3 madness without the fun of actually getting to go to E3, I can assure you that Watch Dogs is still being heavily pushed at the event this year. They’ve released two new trailers for it: a cinematic trailer and a gameplay demo, both of which look awesome. They also let GR preview the multiplayer:

      http://gamerant.com/watch-dogs-multiplayer-preview/

      If you check again, you’ll see this article does not state that Watch Dogs was announced at E3 2013, only that it is being shown at E3 2013, since it is. To everybody except me.

      *sigh*

      Roll on, November.

      As for Raving Rabbids, they are making both an interactive TV show (which is mentioned in the article) and a feature film.

      • So other than Watch Dogs, which game you looking forward to most then? And which game franchise do you think could make for a great movie that hasn’t already been released/scripted/languished in development hell?

        Personally, I’d say that if the Clash of the Titans movie was better received, I’d have a movie version of Dante’s Inferno in that style (didn’t think much of the animated movie myself) or maybe Saints Row or Manhunt.

        • It’s hard to find video game movies that *haven’t* been proposed and then sentenced to development hell. ;-) I’m looking forward to Scott Derrickson’s Deus Ex movie with some trepidation. I like Derrickson’s work but Deus Ex is my favourite video game of all time so I’m nervous about them screwing it up when they make the movie.

          Aside from Watch Dogs, I’m pretty stoked for The Witcher 3 and the Thief reboot. I’ve also heard that The Last of Us is going to be a contender for GOTY, and based on the gameplay footage so far I more or less feel obliged to look forward to it.

  5. i still feel uncharted is the most adaptable video game on the market. Yet its stuck in developmental hell

  6. The best solution to make a movie with their properties is of course to start their own studio. Most Hollywood studios aren’t really interested in video game properties and those that are usually botch it and make something totally different from the game.

    That said I’m kinda meh on these.

  7. I thought the Watch Dogs concept is already covered by Person of Interest. ;)

    • More like a mix of Person of Interest and Eagle Eye.

  8. Someone already did “Raving Rabbids” and colored it yellow for disguise. Its called “despicable me”

  9. Isn’t raving rabbits a sex toy?

  10. Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs: YES!
    Far Cry: maybe (loved the games though)
    Raving Rabbids and Ghost Recon: don’t really care

    • I don’t think there’s going to be an Assassin’s Creed movie, Ubisoft made the same mistake Marvel did with giving Sony movie rights.

  11. Raving Rabbids? How in the hell are they going to make this not feel like a standalone Despicable Me minions movie with large ears?

  12. The only ones that would really interest me would be Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry(with the right cast and director), and Watch Dogs

    • It’s funny how Assassins Creed and Watch Dogs doesn’t need a good cast and director…

  13. Obviously none of us know for sure since it’s not out yet, but from everything I’ve seen on it I think Watch Dogs would translate great to film. It’s an interesting concept that could really be done right, with the right people of course.

    Never played any of the Far Cry games, but I remember Far Cry 3 always looked like it would work well as a movie to me.

    Raving Rabbids is obviously just for the kids. Despicable Me comparisons aside, I think kids would eat it up. Just not for me.

    I’m not really sold on any of the previously announced movies though. Ghost Recon I really don’t care about. Splinter Cell I just don’t see working the right way, even though it would be cool if done right. And Assassin’s Creed is one of my favorite current series, but I just don’t see it working as a movie, at all.

  14. The one thing that disappoints me is that Ubisoft isn’t willing to directly adapt the game’s plot into a movie. With Assassin’s Creed, there is such a huge universe, but a trilogy based on the games would make me the happiest. Also if Farcry 3 is even being considered, then it has to be a direct adaptation. for the love of god please just stick to that story and don’t make up s***

    • That’s the thing though, I’d refuse to do that direct adaption too because then you risk alienating the videogame’s fanbase by including characters that might not be as brilliantly portrayed as in the game and storylines changed to fit the movie format.

      That’s why I always said, if they do a Gears Of War adaption, it should be set in that world but only feature original characters instead of trying to cast someone as Marcus Fenix.

      • How bout someone makes a graphic novel based on the story of the game, and then adapt that for the screen. Problem solved.
        Which reminds me. Assassin’s Creed Subject 4 is a killer read and would be awesome for a film in that universe!

  15. I dont know about a Watch Dogs movie, They want to try and release the game already! its been way too long in dev only because they wanted it to launch same time as next gen consoles. What usually happens with titles like this is the hype is so massive that people expect way too much from the game and are usually left disappointed because in their heads it was so much better. Still looks like an awesome game and has a fantastic premise for a film but lets not forget HITMAN, TEKKEN and MAX PAYNE, all fantastic plots that should translate really well on film but were abysmal.

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