Earlier this year French video game publisher and developer Ubisoft launched Ubisoft Motion Pictures in an effort to develop films and TV shows based on its games. The creation of a film division would allow them to maintain a degree of creative control over their properties, instead of just forming one-off licensing deals with studios and letting them take charge.
Now reports suggest that Sony Pictures has picked up the movie rights to Assassin’s Creed, with plans to adapt and distribute the movie and build a franchise.
Sony Pictures has put a target on Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed,” closing in on a deal to develop a film franchise based on the popular videogame series.
Studio is in final negotiations to adapt and distribute the bigscreen version of the historical actioner, landing the film rights in a bidding war after Ubisoft started shopping the property around Hollywood over the last several months. Studios, including Universal, also were vying for the project.
While Ubisoft and Sony have yet to make an official announcement, it is expected they will both co-produce and co-finance the movie.
The Assassin’s Creed franchise, first published in 2007, has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and the latest, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, is set to be released next month. The story follows a bartender named Desmond Miles who is captured by a secret corporation called Abstergo Industries and forced to go back in time to various historical periods such as the Renaissance and Crusades to relieve the memories of his ancestors — all assassins — in order to recover ancient artifacts. Revelations is set in 16th century Constantinople.
Are Assassin’s Creed fans happy to see Unisoft developing their own movies, or do you fear it’ll turn into a big budget disappointment like Prince of Persia?