Ubisoft to turn games into movies, TV shows
Publisher to green light own adaptions
Videogames publisher Ubisoft is to launch a film company to adapt its games into motion pictures.
The project, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, will help the French publisher's ambitions of knocking Activision and EA off the top perches of the gaming world, movie industry title Variety reports.
The move follows Walt Disney's blockbuster hit Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, a Ubisoft game adaptation, which was directed by Jerry Bruckheimer and grossed roughly $335m worldwide. Now that Ubi is taking on the task in-house, other titles are rumoured to make the jump, including Assassin's Creed, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell.
Should we be prepared for a heap of iffy videogame spin-offs coming to cinemas near us soon? GIven the aforementioned PoP and other videogame adaptations, we won't be surprised if many of them are awful. Has anyone ever done an adaption right? Tomb Raider perhaps? What do you think? ®
I'm looking forward to Peter Jackson's adaptation of that famous Spectrum text adventure 'The Hobbit'.
Although I hope it's better than that version of 'Donkey Kong' he did a few years back.
Assassins Creed *could* be a good one
If they make a movie of Assassins Creed of similar quality to the the Assassins Creed Lineage short movies, then it could be a good one...
Congrats for taking your business to a new level ubisoft, BUT every time I see the name "ubisoft" I want to kick someone in the nads. I just can't wait to log into a DRM server to watch a video!
One day, my friends...
One day these film companies will realise that the only way to make a successful game-to-film conversion is to use the MYTHOS of these games (and there are plenty of excellent ones available, Dragon Age comes to mind) and base a story in it, not try and adapt a story done in a game onto the big screen. Yes, yes, I know using the big name from the game attracts the fanbois, but they invariably leave disappointed so why not just take the excellent background material and world created, and make a good story to go in it using new characters?
Oh wait, that would make sense... we can't have any of that! ;)
Tomb Raider was also rubbish. It just seems less awful when compared to others.