Ubisoft Has Eyes Set on Watch Dogs, Rabbids, Far Cry Movies
According to Variety, Ubisoft is now seeking out potential production partners for its Watch Dogs, Rabbids, and Far Cry franchises. The publisher plans to maintain complete creative control by developing the film adaptations through its Ubisoft Motion Pictures branch, headed up by CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet.
Though Rabbids and Far Cry are successful games already, Watch Dogs hasn't even shipped its first entry yet. Ubi believes the buzz around the game over the past two years is positive enough to go ahead with drafting up a film version. UMP also won't be turning the movies into straight adaptations of what's transpired in the games. The films will stand alone, though they will still be closely tied to their video game counterparts. “These are not adaptations,” Baronnet said. “We will create a brand new story. Always.”
While there's little information about what Ubi plans to do with these three movies, we do know the plans for Rabbids involve a live-action film with CGI in the same vein as 'The Smurfs 2' or 'Alvin and the Chipmunks.' Far Cry should translate well enough to the silver screen as a jungle-based action flick, and Watch Dogs' techno-thriller sensibilities should also work well as a feature.
All of these movies are a long ways away, but its interesting to see how active UMP is being with the company's gaming brands. What do you think of the news? Will you go see any of these movies?