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

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

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‘Raving Rabbids’

While the five other titles on Ubisoft’s planned movie roster might be squarely aimed at teen and adult audiences, the company is also planning to launch a new movie title for children as well. As an Xbox One exclusive, they are collaborating with Nickelodeon to produce a new interactive TV show called Rabbids Invasion, based on their series of Raving Rabbids games, which are themselves a spin-off of the popular Rayman platformer franchise.

A Raving Rabbid impersonating Iron Man Ubisoft Making Watch Dogs, Far Cry & Raving Rabbids Movies

Rabbids Invasion will require viewers to advance the story using such actions as pretending to throw objects at the Rabbids, pointing toward a lost object on the screen or – best of all – filling the “BWAHH-o-meter” by competing to see who can make the most noise. Parents are going to have fun when their kids discover that little game mode.

The Raving Rabbids movie will be a separate entity from the TV show. The slightly creepy bug-eyed appearance of the Rabbids and their undercurrent of violent insanity would probably make them good horror movie monsters, but sadly Ubisoft is unlikely to take that particular creative direction. The Rabbids are popular video game characters, though, and it’s easy to imagine them becoming popular movie characters (they’re even a little bit reminiscent of the Minions from Despicable Me).

One of the reasons that the Assassin’s Creed movie took so long to get off the ground was that Ubisoft was insistent upon maintaining creative control over development, even to the point of being able to scrap the movie altogether if they so chose. This won’t necessarily make the road to success easy for Ubisoft Motion Pictures, but it’s admirable that they are taking such a bold and uncompromising approach to the adaptation of their properties. It could be just what is needed to help clean up the poor reputation that video game movies currently bear.

Are you excited for the first phase of Ubisoft Motion Pictures projects? Are you glad that the films won’t just be adaptations of the video games’ plots? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Assassin’s Creed will be out in theaters on May 22nd, 2015.

Source: Variety

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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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