Ubisoft Motion Pictures Begins Work On Three Franchise Flicks

A few weeks ago, French game developer Ubisoft announced they would be putting together a team that would be the last line of defense against remarkable game franchises being made into mediocre movie adaptations. After starting the studio, which is headed by film executive Jean-Julien Baronnet, Ubisoft has already gone underway to bring three notable franchises to the screen. These franchises are Assasin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon and are all planned to be released in 3D.

In an interview with Variety, Baronnet explained that the company

“has been working with the games’ producers and Ubisoft’s marketing team to identify the DNA of each game and come up with storylines that are consistent.” He also stated that the projects have generated plenty of interest “from US studios and screenwriters.”

It looks like, according to the newly instated senior VP of international marketing and distribution Jean de Rivieres. a script for at least one of these franchises will be ready within the year.

This is pretty exciting news, to see a company personally take their intellectual property into another medium rather than just let another company do it without adequate supervision. Gamers won’t just appreciate any old video game adaptation (see The Rock in Doom) but Ubisoft has the right attitude here. If you want something done right, do it yourself, and that’s exactly what Ubisoft is doing, at least from an administrative standpoint.


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Daniel Horowitz is currently a Writing/Film student at Sarah Lawrence College, where he previously worked as a film technician and teacher assistant despite having little technical knowledge. He is currently abroad studying play-writing at Oxford University in the UK. Daniel likes to think of himself as a weird combination of Captain America and Hunter S Thompson minus the extensive drug use. As a result, he can often be found lifting things, fighting for justice, and being a crazy outlaw journalist on the edge who doesn't play by the rules. When he’s not writing about, reviewing, or playing games, music, and occasionally writing well-paying profiles of businessman, Daniel thinks about what exactly he'll end u doing with his life post-graduation. Daniel plans on either going to graduate school for an MFA, or more realistically, getting a day job, which he hopes is somehow involved in the gaming, comic book, or film industries. You can contact Daniel at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @DHorowitz107

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