Recently, Ubisoft announced they would be putting together a team that would be the last line of defense. This team would protect us from remarkable game franchises being made into mediocre movie adaptations. All for profit of course, that’s how these companies roll.
After starting Ubisoft Motion Pictures and hiring film executive Jean-Julien Baronnet to head the motion picture wing, Ubisoft has begun the process of bringing three notable franchises to the screen. These franchises are Assassin’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.”
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.
We want to keep ownership, retain control over the film content, and we’re open to work with studios on the development of our projects, and eventually collaborate on the pre-casting, pre-budget and script.
I guess Ubisoft followed the age old advice of “if you want something done right, do it yourself”, at least from the administrative side of things.