Sensing a Tragic Dearth of New Video Game Movies, Ubisoft Opens Its Own Film Studio

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Posted by Alex (2386 posts) -

When bringing their popular video game franchises to the world of film, publishers have often had to rely on the middle men known as "movie studios" to help produce them. The understanding there, of course, being that game publishers were simply too out of their element to make the movies themselves, thus requiring experts to be called in for the work to be done "properly." Thus far, the results of this uneasy partnership have ranged from "tolerable" to "nightmarish," depending on which of the Mortal Kombat movies you're watching.

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Now, like your headstrong, DIY-minded dad who refuses to let you take your old beater of a car to an auto mechanic because they're all cheats and liars, and is pretty sure he knows more about plumbing than some scumbag plumber who'll charge you an arm and a leg to fix a leaky faucet, Ubisoft has decided to stop giving Jerry Bruckheimer money to make movies based on the publisher's franchises, and will instead just do the damn job themselves.

The publisher today announced Ubisoft Motion Pictures, a Paris-based film division of the company that will be headed up by Jean-Julien Baronnet, who formerly helmed Luc Besson's production company, EuropaCorp.

Prince of Persia got the big screen treatment last year in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Ben Kingsley and came courtesy of Bruckheimer Productions. Another Ubisoft property, Far Cry, also became a film thanks to noted decrier of "quality" and "effort," Uwe Boll.

Obvious opportunities for new film development include the company's wildly successful Assassin's Creed franchise, as well as just about anything with the Tom Clancy name--you know, since Ubisoft totally owns it. Driver would also seem a decent possibility, although they'll have to find a way to make everyone on the planet forget they ever saw any of the Transporter movies.

We'd have suggested a Beyond Good & Evil movie, but we know that they'd just announce it, and then proceed to go completely radio silent, eventually pretending they'd never announced in the first place until weeks later, when they suddenly remember that they had, in fact, announced it and reassure everyone it's totally still happening. That sort of bi-polar back and forth would undoubtedly continue for years, inevitably leading to all of us just quietly giving up and resigning ourselves to settle for an animated, direct-to-video retelling of the first game, because at least it's better than nothing, right?
#1 Posted by Alex (2386 posts) -

When bringing their popular video game franchises to the world of film, publishers have often had to rely on the middle men known as "movie studios" to help produce them. The understanding there, of course, being that game publishers were simply too out of their element to make the movies themselves, thus requiring experts to be called in for the work to be done "properly." Thus far, the results of this uneasy partnership have ranged from "tolerable" to "nightmarish," depending on which of the Mortal Kombat movies you're watching.

 BARFBARFBARFBARFBARFBARF
Now, like your headstrong, DIY-minded dad who refuses to let you take your old beater of a car to an auto mechanic because they're all cheats and liars, and is pretty sure he knows more about plumbing than some scumbag plumber who'll charge you an arm and a leg to fix a leaky faucet, Ubisoft has decided to stop giving Jerry Bruckheimer money to make movies based on the publisher's franchises, and will instead just do the damn job themselves.

The publisher today announced Ubisoft Motion Pictures, a Paris-based film division of the company that will be headed up by Jean-Julien Baronnet, who formerly helmed Luc Besson's production company, EuropaCorp.

Prince of Persia got the big screen treatment last year in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Ben Kingsley and came courtesy of Bruckheimer Productions. Another Ubisoft property, Far Cry, also became a film thanks to noted decrier of "quality" and "effort," Uwe Boll.

Obvious opportunities for new film development include the company's wildly successful Assassin's Creed franchise, as well as just about anything with the Tom Clancy name--you know, since Ubisoft totally owns it. Driver would also seem a decent possibility, although they'll have to find a way to make everyone on the planet forget they ever saw any of the Transporter movies.

We'd have suggested a Beyond Good & Evil movie, but we know that they'd just announce it, and then proceed to go completely radio silent, eventually pretending they'd never announced in the first place until weeks later, when they suddenly remember that they had, in fact, announced it and reassure everyone it's totally still happening. That sort of bi-polar back and forth would undoubtedly continue for years, inevitably leading to all of us just quietly giving up and resigning ourselves to settle for an animated, direct-to-video retelling of the first game, because at least it's better than nothing, right?
#2 Edited by Getz (3154 posts) -

"Decrier of quality and effort, Uwe Boll." Awesome.

#3 Posted by jking47 (1248 posts) -

wat

#4 Posted by Metal_Mills (3046 posts) -

Splinter Cell & Assassins Creed movies coming then.

#5 Posted by MassiveDuck (157 posts) -

Thats what the industry has been missing... more movies...

#6 Posted by CastroCasper (1306 posts) -

Exactly what we need, more video game movies.

#7 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5154 posts) -

I would totally watch a Raving Rabbids movie. Just saying

#8 Edited by crusader8463 (14428 posts) -

If this means a Raving Rabbits cartoon I'm all for it.

#9 Edited by EuanDewar (5098 posts) -
@alex said:

"although they'll have to find a way to make everyone on the planet they ever saw any of the Transporter movies."

Im presuming you meant "Forget they ever saw any of the Transporter movies"

Also this is hilarious, Ubisoft are just going to mental with their money now.
#10 Posted by captainanderson (258 posts) -

Alex's news posts are hilarious, if not informative.

#11 Posted by animateria (3259 posts) -

This is awesome news!


We get more WU-TANG!
Online
#12 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -
@Mr_Skeleton said:
" I would totally watch a Raving Rabbids movie. Just saying "
#13 Posted by RockinKemosabe (619 posts) -

I have a feeling that they're taking a cue from what Marvel has been doing recently. 

#14 Posted by TheHT (11777 posts) -

Oh god no please no.

#15 Posted by LiquidPrince (16169 posts) -

This is awesome. The Assassin's Creed short film was pretty good. 

#16 Posted by UberExplodey (943 posts) -

Gross.

#17 Posted by PerryVandell (2109 posts) -

I'm guessing they're going to milk the Tom Clancy name for all it's worth.

#18 Posted by DHunter329 (86 posts) -

Loved the dig at Uwe Boll.

#19 Posted by phrosnite (3518 posts) -

Be more optimistic, this might turn out well.

#20 Posted by phrosnite (3518 posts) -

Be more optimistic, this might turn out well.

#21 Posted by PJ (1158 posts) -

This is seriously good news. The Assassins Creed web-series they made was really well done and tied into the game really well(and is fucking lightyears better then Mortal Kombat Legacy).

These movies made by Ubisoft might actually be video game movies instead of just being based on a video game property.
#22 Posted by ShaggE (6699 posts) -

Will we need a constant internet connection to watch these movies?

#23 Posted by abdo (1044 posts) -

Maybe they'll finally put that leaked Driver script to good use.

Driver would also seem a decent possibility, although they'll have to find a way to make everyone on the planet they ever saw any of the Transporter movies.

Oh man, now the Driver movie HAS to be produced/directed/written by Luc Besson. Also, I guess you mean 'as if they never saw the Transporter movies'?
#24 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11391 posts) -

I still think the Prince of Persia movie was pretty good. 

#25 Posted by phrosnite (3518 posts) -
@ShaggE said:
" Will we need a constant internet connection to watch these movies? "
Nicely done, sir.
#26 Posted by Sweep (8976 posts) -

Huh. "Dearth" is a real word. Waddyaknow :D

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#27 Posted by TadThuggish (912 posts) -

Oh, so it'll be like WWE Films!

#28 Posted by wsowen02 (325 posts) -

Well this will end poorly

#29 Posted by salad10203 (654 posts) -

My vote for first adaptation.  Assassin's Creed, the game already feels like a movie, it would be a perfect fit.

#30 Posted by RageExpressive (50 posts) -

I remember getting an email from ubisoft about what game franchises i'd like to see as a movie that they owned...Guess the survey results came back well...

#31 Posted by Leadcat (274 posts) -

Maybe they sensed a tragic dearth of This Ain't No Game.

#32 Posted by emem (1974 posts) -

I would like to see another Prince of Persia movie.. didn't expect to enjoy the first one, but I loved it.

#33 Posted by chickdigger802 (502 posts) -

AC2 shorts were good. Nice blend of cg, rl people, and actual ingame assets.

Would love to see more of that universe.

#34 Posted by JackSukeru (5964 posts) -

Partner up with Pixar and make the Rayman VS Raving Rabbids movie.


Seriously, do it.
#35 Posted by X19 (2306 posts) -

*cough* more TANG.

#36 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2443 posts) -

We'd have suggested a Beyond Good & Evil movie, but we know that they'd just announce it,

Wait, "we"?

Please don't start using the third person at all times in news stories. It's totally hokey, and pointlessly impersonal for a site where the readership is so familiar with the individual staff.
#37 Posted by Ghostin (369 posts) -


I just quickly looked through the list of Ubi games, and if they had to make one film I'd have to pick Hell-copter...  An evil possessed helicopter is making life 'hell' for a down on his luck rapper searching for his skull.

#38 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -

Sure, why the hell not.

#39 Posted by oatz (1090 posts) -

dearth

#40 Posted by damswedon (3201 posts) -
@Mr_Skeleton said:
" I would totally watch a Raving Rabbids movie. Just saying "
#41 Posted by Alex (2386 posts) -
@528seven:

I don't think the royal "we" is something I'll make a habit of using. Just seemed right in that scenario.
#42 Posted by President_Barackbar (3474 posts) -

If they do a Splinter Cell movie they could finally put Ironside back to work.

#43 Posted by metalsnakezero (2342 posts) -

The $1,000,000 Pyramid the movie, think about it.

#44 Edited by IchiroYagiza (442 posts) -
@animateria said:

"This is awesome news!
We get more WU-TANG!
"


Well, that's the bright side on this news...
#45 Posted by Agent47 (1892 posts) -
@President_Barackbar: Duder I think he is well over due for retirement.The guy would probably pull a muscle and snap his bones trying to do a split jump.
#46 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2443 posts) -
@alex said:
" @528seven: I don't think the royal "we" is something I'll make a habit of using. Just seemed right in that scenario. "
Okay, never mind then. It just bugs me how they do it that way on Joystiq.
#47 Posted by Olivaw (1215 posts) -

Ubisoft: forgetting that they're a video game publisher since 2009

I'm predicting a number of terrible things coming out of this studio before being quietly shut down.

#48 Posted by President_Barackbar (3474 posts) -
@Agent47 said:
" @President_Barackbar: Duder I think he is well over due for retirement.The guy would probably pull a muscle and snap his bones trying to do a split jump. "
SHUT YOUR MOUTH, IRONSIDE WILL NEVER DIE!
#49 Posted by fox01313 (5089 posts) -

Not expecting this though I personally wouldn't mind seeing an animated film from this Ubi studio on Raving Rabbids Go Home or Travel in Time as those have an interesting framework that a simple story can be put on.

#50 Posted by ptys (1992 posts) -

This idea sounds about ten years too late. Hollywood has specific system designed to make celebrity the point of interest, and it barely works for them most of the time. Live action e.g. shooting movies with cameras and actors will be a dying art once CG visuals reach reality IMO, so Ubisoft should work to their strengths, like Square Enix.

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