Ubisoft moves forward with Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon
While Ubisoft raised some great excitement at E3 with their presentation of their next generation console games - The Crew was good but The Division blew me away - they were also making moves on a different media at the same time, film.
They've announced updates on three film projects, updates that move the projects forward some rather significant steps. Ubisoft have announced some big updates on their Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon films.
We knew a lot about their film productions for Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon, and in fact I've followed their developments as they move closer and closer to making them into films, ignoring the traditional model of the Hollywood studio taking the idea away from the creative games company and dolling out a cheap, half baked, fan enticing cash cow.
So far, although big names have been involved with Michael Fassbender producing and starring in Assassin's Creed, Tom Hardy lined up for the Splinter Cell film, and Ghost Recon pushing forward with similar speed, there was still a lot of ground to cover, however with the news today it seems as though Ubisoft Motion Pictures are not getting distracted by what the rest of the company are planning for 2014.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the well-known and very successful producer Frank Marshall is in talks to produce the film version of Assassin's Creed, the film version of the Ubisoft videogame franchise which Ubisoft Motion Pictures and New Regency are bringing to life. He will be joining the key producers of Ubisoft's Eli Richbourg and Michael Fassbender and producing partner Connor McCaughan who have been there from the beginning. There's also a script from Michael Lesslie ready to go, although it may see some rewrites on the way.
There's more news with the equally impressive producer Basil Iwanyk signing onto the adaptation of the Ubisoft videogame franchise Splinter Cell, again led by Ubisoft Motion Pictures and New Regency.
What's more is that the film adaptation of the Ubisoft franchise Ghost Recon is about to take off too with Ubisoft Motion Pictures partnering with Warner Bros. to develop the film version. While the other news of big Hollywood producers joining their other productions sounds exciting, I'm not so sure about what the news for Ghost Recon suggests for the film.
According to the article Michael Bay is attached as a producer and apparently is looking to direct the film depending on the scheduling and the script. So that does concern me, will that turn it from a slick, tactical representation of modern and near future warfare into a 3D fest of vivid colours, high speed close cropped action?
I'm hoping it isn't going to be Bay, or at least if it is he doesn't deliver his stylised action which wouldn't really appear to suit this film very well. I'd be thinking more of a gritty realism for this film adaptation, but then perhaps that's the compromise that Ubisoft Motion Pictures have to make in order to get their other films made, or perhaps any of them.