ASSASSIN'S CREED And SPLINTER CELL Set For Late 2014? GHOST RECON Adaptation Confirmed

Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, talks here about the plans for their video game adaptations and confirms that a Ghost Recon film is also being lined up. The budgets and possible release schedules for Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell are also teased.

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By Josh Wilding - 1/2/2013

"If you look at past adaptations of games to movies, none were done by an integrated gaming company that put a movie structure inside of itself," Jean-Julien Baronnet told The LA Times in a recent interview when asked about the hands-on role that Ubisoft are taking in the big screen adaptations of their biggest video game franchises. "We're not here to just license and we're not here to produce big movies ourselves. We are really in the middle of it." Part of this strategy included the unusual decision (when it comes to game companies anyway) to actually pay writers to develop the stories of their films and the hiring of A-List actors like Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy before even getting a studio involved.

As well as being creatively involved, the site mentions that, "Ubisoft also has the right to co-finance any movie with New Regency, meaning it could invest in a second film in either series after forgoing the first. Other studios balked at that demand, since sequels are typically safer investments than originals." They're clearly taking these adaptations VERY seriously!

New Regency Chief Executive Brad Weston actually revealed that while the scripts are currently being written, they're already on the hunt for directors for both Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell. He believes that they will cost no more than $100 million each and be released "no earlier than late 2014". Baronnet also confirms that a pitch is being put together for a Ghost Recon movie. "We don't want to make an average movie," he added. "We want to make a movie that will serve the brand and make happy the gamers and also the non-gamers. I think it has never been done before, but we can build this bridge."


Source: The LA Times
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Hellsing - 1/2/2013, 11:47 AM
good to see some dedication from game studios hopefully everything works out with these movies, they two awesome [frick]ing actors involved. Its finally time we get a good video game movie.
TheBeard - 1/2/2013, 11:49 AM
fingers crossed assassin's creed is good
jimpinto24 - 1/2/2013, 11:54 AM
I hope the director stays true to the Assassin's Creed video.
rockerdude22 - 1/2/2013, 12:00 PM
Would Fassbender be playing Desmond? Or one of the Assassins? If it's one of the Assassins, then I'd be cool with him being either Altair or Ezio. He'd make a good Desmond too.
prototype87 - 1/2/2013, 12:10 PM
TheFascinatingMan - 1/2/2013, 12:20 PM
I think there is a lot of potential with games being adapted into movies. Assassins Creed already feels like a movie. Some of the stories are so great on today's games. Another great adaption would be Uncharted.
Supes17 - 1/2/2013, 12:45 PM







HELL YEAH
Supes17 - 1/2/2013, 12:54 PM
Wait, $100 million?
polarkyle - 1/2/2013, 12:59 PM
The Ubisoft Cinematic Universe
Spock - 1/2/2013, 1:14 PM
This is all good and all, but to be FRANK: all the popular games like this don't need a F.... movie. Hitman MOvie was a bust, Jason Bourne no game needed! But bring on Mass Effect & Halo!
InfiniteMonkey - 1/2/2013, 1:24 PM
[frick] YEAH!
I love the dedication and conviction of their intent.
Now just get on with it already and hurry up.
rockerdude22 - 1/2/2013, 1:27 PM
@ZincSaucier Actually, that could work just fine! Of course, if they ever use Connor in the movies, they should have a different actor for that.
MB007 - 1/2/2013, 2:02 PM
I think Assassin's Creed and Uncharted are the greatest gaming series of all time, and they're both very much movie material. I think Fassbender would be a fantastic Desmond, but a smart choice for the Assassin's, in my opinion, are local actors. For Uncharted i thought Mark Wahlberg and Robert DeNiro were great choices, but we'll see...
MB007 - 1/2/2013, 2:05 PM
But then of course that original story about Drake's family was totally crap, just stick with the video game source material.
MB007 - 1/2/2013, 2:07 PM
And i love the fact that Ubisoft decided to do everything themselves, Naughty Dog should also totally do that! :-)
CrossOver - 1/2/2013, 2:52 PM
I honestly want Video Game movies to be AT LEAST 2 hours long, per game theyre doing it on.
Honestly, a 90 min run time is not nearly enough time to put a whole video game story in a movie unless you cut some parts out, which no true fan ever likes.

I would personally like to see Gears, Halo, AC, Splinter Cell, Dead Space, Resident Evil REBOOT, and Modern Warfare series.
MrDonut - 1/2/2013, 2:58 PM
YES. YES YES YES!
HeadPool420 - 1/2/2013, 2:58 PM
Hopefully we will finally get some true to source video game movies that are good!:)
polarkyle - 1/2/2013, 3:45 PM
Kristen Bell should play Lucy since she voiced the character
Fishandchips - 1/2/2013, 4:30 PM
Really hope Assassins is good, I could care less for the Splinter Cell movie, hope they crack on with the Mass Effect movie too.
Supes17 - 1/2/2013, 6:47 PM
I think Blac Ops 2 is a bit overrated..
sexfoodcomics - 1/2/2013, 7:58 PM
It's only a matter of time before video game movies come out of thre rut just like comic book movies did. They just have to do it fast cause these types of movies are huge right now.
TheCaptain - 1/2/2013, 8:26 PM
Ubisoft should do a Far Cry movie. Easily one of the best games I've ever played.
mgeoff88 - 1/3/2013, 12:19 AM
That sounds perfect. I just hope Ubisoft could live up to their promise.

Also, as great as the Ghost Recon series is, I would've rather seen a Rainbow Six movie adaption get the greenlight first.

We've had many great modern military movies before, we don't have any great SWAT movies.
HULK2099 - 1/3/2013, 2:28 AM
Ubisoft games are pretty big scale titles, these movies have big shoes to fill, I will not get hype till I am convinced. Video Game movies haven't hit as well as comic books
jj2112 - 1/3/2013, 6:02 AM
Does Desmond's story end in AC3? Is the whole solar flare thing resolved? I have all the previous AC games but they just keep stretching the story to sell more games, so is AC3 worth buying?
Fishandchips - 1/3/2013, 6:52 AM
^^not really people are just a bit too pissy cause *spoilers*











Desmond dies, I personally don't see why everyone thinks its such a lame ending, the game answers a lot of the questions people had, ties up Desmond's story paving the way for a new assassins motives other than there's Templars and the world is gonna end, so we don't get the same feel over and over, the ending is pretty clever as it opens up so many possibilities for future games.
Fishandchips - 1/3/2013, 8:16 AM
Assassins didn't have choices like mass effect did though, you did the things they told you to do. You had to kill the targets in the animus and you had to find artifacts in the present, the only choices you had where minor things while doing a mission like, to not be seen, or to use a certain type of weapon, it wasn't a choice based game like mass effect. The major plot points happened the same for everyone, there was no choice involved at all. Desmond had a set personality, he was going to do what he did at the end regardless of what everyone said, it isn't like Shepard, his personality choices, actions and ultimately the fate he chose for the universe, you could control. Also the ending for mass effect wasn't nearly as bad as everyone made it out to be, could have been better granted, but it wasn't awful.
HavokTurbo - 1/3/2013, 8:31 AM
Just give me a Devil May Cry movie.
Fishandchips - 1/3/2013, 9:18 AM
They did say before the game came out though, this is the end of Desmond's story and games after would take on a new assassins view, and that's what I said in my first comment, people are just pissy cause of what happens to him. And sorry I don't really get what you're trying to say with the next comment, could you just explain it a bit better, doesn't really make sense, sorry bud, it seems like you're just explaining the end to me at the moment.
jj2112 - 1/3/2013, 9:34 AM
Thanks Dexter and Fish, I think I'll pick it up cheap and be done with the saga. I don't want to buy a game every year with the same story dragging for 3 or more games.

Oh and I don't think Mass Effect's ending was that bad. I completed it recently and I expected much worse. And the ending couldn't have been much different, that Deus ex machina ending (just like Deus Ex, ha) was the only possible solution to defeat the reapers.
Fishandchips - 1/3/2013, 9:43 AM
Lol no worries bud.
Hitboyj - 1/7/2013, 5:09 AM
cool. And mass effect shall be a movie ppl

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