Ubisoft Motion Pictures launches

French publisher unveils studio to make TV programs and films based on video game properties.

Variety (subscription required) reports today that Ubisoft has announced the formation of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, a new studio dedicated to turning the publisher's library of games into television shows and motion pictures. The announcement represents the next step in a series of moves by the French publisher to expand its intellectual properties beyond the video game realm.

Assassin's Creed: Lineage is the first taste of Ubisoft's self-produced live-action film efforts.

The Hollywood trade reports that the new studio will be based in Paris and will be headed by Jean-Julien Baronnet. The executive previously served as CEO of EuropaCorp, the production company of film director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element). French producer Didier Lupfer (Gainsbourg) will be in charge of development and production, with former Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures France head Jean de Rivieres leading sales and marketing. No specific projects were mentioned as being in production, but the company has already seen its Prince of Persia series turned into a major motion picture.

Prior to today, Ubisoft's actions and acquisitions had set the stage for its transmedia efforts. In 2007, the Paris-based publisher announced it was opening an animated-movie studio. Then, in early 2008, it bought almost all media rights for the fiction works inspired by author Tom Clancy, including television and film rights. Later that year, it purchased Hybride, the Quebecois special-effects studio that helped craft the eye-popping visuals of such films as 300 and Watchmen. Ubisoft has since produced a live-action short film based on its hit Assassin's Creed franchise (see below) and is working on another short inspired by the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series.

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CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

What do you all think of Christopher Nolan directing this? I think he definitely has the skills to pull this off.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

What do you all think of Christopher Nolan directing this? I think he definitely has the skills to pull this off.

Nuv_Nuv
Nuv_Nuv

Yay~ I just hope they don't make this into a superduperhyper-actiononly-hollywoah-movie, spawning 3D with *flying* knives, flying towards the audience, just to show how they defy gravity and, huh, fly (?)...and please no femme fatale out of nowhere -_- Other than that, I'm fine =D. I demand Francisco Randez to appear (?)

Raxyman
Raxyman

@CarlitosWay Well i said what MAINLY counts toward, but i do admit that i haven't been clear on my statement. At least we both agree that Avatar isn't that much good as people claim... Anyway, all that cause this discussion was saying that JC should direct AC movies, and i don't think that's a good idea. A good director to make a movie based on game HAVE to know VERY WELL the game. I'm also waiting to see if they plan to releas a Splinter Cell movie, after all, the ending of Conviction was as awesome as Wanted's (BTW, i LOL'd at that pic of Avatar's script.)

trodeback
trodeback

I just hope this doesn't stop them from making other games. I'd hate to have a 5 yr gap between AC games cause they're too busy making movies.

keeperoffate
keeperoffate

@heroesfan261 A) Meh, I see your point, but still disagree. The foundation of AC (despite the science fiction nature of the 'modern' segments) is very deeply rooted in realism - which I don't feel Cameron blends well enough to make a seamless transition. But I can agree that Scott would probably be a good pick (in fact, that may be my favorite suggestion in light of Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven). B) I know it's an entirely different area to work in, which is why it would be a big risk on the part of the producers. Some directors would sink, while others would swim. But the reverse was given a shot (Peter Jackson/Halo Wars), it doesn't seem like that should be a one way transaction. Games have a lot to learn from movies and vice versa.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Assassin's Creed movie trilogy coming soon I'm sure.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@Raxyman I have to agree with you AND disagree. First off, Avatar to me was a horrible movie. I completely agree with you. However, i do not agree that movies are based on "action scenes and story". A lot of things come into play for movies than just those 2 things. A movie can be completely void of action, and its story can be great. Of course, action movies also do not need a great story. Look at the Expendables. That had some great action sequences. But the story was garbage. And it decently well in the box office. Now i know this is WAY off the topic of Ubisoft, but heres something for yall to look at: http://cdn.screenrant.com/wp-content/uploads/avatar-script.jpg Go ahead and tell me Avatar was a great movie.

Raxyman
Raxyman

@Kou-Nurasaka If he had enough time to put some armor around, why didn't he wore Altair's armor instead? Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories made a nice work explaining why the loss of equipment. Shadowhearts too. Now brotherhood was kind of forced, i thought. But now, we're in clash of opinions, so there's nothing else we can discuss. I respect you opinion of the game, but to me Brotherhood will always have a bad impression in my mind. @heroesfan261 Not discussing James Cameron as a director (even though i don't like most of his most of his movies), but if you think Avatar is a good movie, then you know nothing of movies. Games as evaluated mostly by: Graphics, Story and Gameplay And movies by Action Scenes and Story Avatar had a great environment design, but to nowadays, that wasn't impressive. Maybe if Avatar was released 10 years ago, it might have been a masterpiece. Its action scenes were nothing exceptional and the story was REALLY cliched. I must've watched like 5 other movie with the same idea of infiltration. Now for good stories we have Lucky Number Slevin and The Tourist. And to action scenes i liked it Wanted and Sucker Punch. Discussing movies depend on what genre you like but... Avatar had nothing new or interesting. I'm waiting for Battle Angel movie directed by him though. Hoping it'll be hyped wit a reason.

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

@Raxyman I beleive I initially confused you with someone else who said they had not played the game. And, I concur with CarlitosWay, there were some bigs present in AC:2. I can remember falling through buildings on one occasion. The point is, bugs and glitches happen. How is: Ezio is asleep and a whole army begins to seige his villa and destroy his home, murder his uncle and family/freinds, and force him to flee whilst wounded a bad way to explain why he dosen't have any of his items from the last game? That is the best reason I can think of, if you think that isn't a valid excuse for why Ezio couldn't keep all of his equipment from AC:2, then I have nothing else to say to you.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@Raxyman I personally had a few bugs with AC1&2, though i cannot recall them. I will say tho that Brotherhood DID have more bugs, but not enough to stop my playing through. @Shanks_D_Chop Funny, me and you seem like complete opposites LOL. The one thing i value most, the one thing that i thought was the most valuable piece to the whole franchise is the Animus. Without it, we couldnt be able to access all the eras we are experiencing. Its a COMPLETELY original idea. It is movie worthy, for sure. Now, Ezio's story is a bit cliched, i admit. But the way the story was executed was flawless in my opinion. You cant just dismiss the story as nothing. Remember this: these characters were actually REAL people. The Borgia's did have the massive influence they did. Rodrigo Borgia DID become the Pope. Cesare Borgia DID die by falling. They have invested lots of money in legitimizing the story so that not only it makes sense to the gamer, but it actually plays nicely with the truth of history. This, for me, is the nail in the coffin. You must remember something also. The main focus, or say, the main "plot" of the game, is NOT Ezio, but rather Desmond. The story from the past is merely a guide/adhesive for the present time story. What im curious about is how they are going to expand on the "bleeding" effect. Just how far can Desmond go?

macca366
macca366

For the non-hollywood budget that video wasn't too bad. I would've liked a Rayman cartoon when I was a kid.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

This could be a good thing. Films like 300 and Kick Ass show that it doesn't necessarily take a huge budget to make a good adaptation, just a film maker who cares about the source material (as opposed to Wanted or Catwoman for example). Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell, done well have a lot of potential, setting up a studio is good move to have the kind of control in adapting these properties to make sure they are done with at least some care rather than just churned out.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@ xsonicchaos You have a point, but don't forget Advent Children. Another FF movie that was actually decent, even if only released on DVD. Ubisoft can either make a decent movie, or they'll feel the need to add an all-star cast and ruin what could have been great. I'm hoping for the former, but I don't have the bar set too high just yet. POP wasn't a bad film, but I'm glad I saw it at home instead of the theater.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

@keybladegamer It's only terrible by internet standards, not by offline standards.

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

@holtrocks the only thing wrong with avatar was the derived story. Otherwise the directing was brilliant and the acting was fine. But seriously are you trying to tell me that Aliens and the first two terminator movies sucked? You also ignore that Won best director once and was nominated for it another time. go troll somewhere else.

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

@keeperoffate A) Assassin's creed isn't really based in realism to begin with. But the thing is james cameron i think would be nice because an AC movie would need to blend both th real and the surreal which he does well in his movies. Otherwise if you are simply going for a more realistic tone then Ridley scott would be a good choice. B) You forget that video game directors have a whole different experience. They don't have to work with sets or props or directing cameramen and all that. It would be much better to have someone with experience in actual film.

Raxyman
Raxyman

@Kou-Nurasaka When i said i skipped it? That was CarlitosWay, i've played it, and it isn't gameplay feature, Shadowhearts managed to show why he lost his powers in a decent way. Now AC:B simply did, "hey, let's make a raid outta nowhere, make ezio run away without his weapons for no reason, and abandon the Villa because we need new environments. And about the bugs, here comes a list... -Every time two horses met in city they started to walk in circles, really clumsy AI -Stealth was porrly programmed, if a guard saw you for a split second before you killed him, you were considered detected. -While i was climbing sometimes Ezio stopped moving and didn't respond to any command (that reminded me of Fallout, "sticky ground/wall") -Sometimes his body parts started acting weird, like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RRi--w4mvE -And you just mentioned falling through ground Now i dare ya say the first or second one was buggy, in my 2 playthroughs of the first i've never seen anything weird, and in the second too, free of glitches. Now brotherhood was a game i'm glad i didn't paid for it, as i said it was borrowed. And i know i'm getting thumbs down for me going against a hyped game, get over it, i have an opininion and i'll stick to it.

keeperoffate
keeperoffate

@heroesfan261 I'm a film major, and yes ^_^ I am quite familiar with Cameron, and I think he's a great director. But I just don't see his style fitting Assassin's Creed. His style brings too much of an unrealistic feeling to his films. I think something as 'real' as possible would make for a stronger choice for the particular movie. Deltorro is typically pretty surreal too, but I'd be interested to see his take on a more realistic movie. Honestly I think with the right script, it would be amazing to see Edward Zwick take a shot at it. But of course this is all hypothetical. As for the argument that film's based on video games should be directed by game directors: Games are getting cinematic enough that it is likely a game director would know more than a thing or two about movie directing, and I'd certainly like to see one give it a shot - who knows? May work out perfectly? But it would be a pretty big risk for whatever producers lay down the budget in front of someone who isn't trained in film.

holtrocks
holtrocks

@heroesfan261 avatar was the most overated movie since titanic

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@CarlitosWay Yes, you're right about the shift from AC1 to AC2. And I can't blame them for making more of an effort to tell a story with the sequel. Honestly, my main gripe with AC, plot-wise, is the Animus. This whole 'genetic-memory' thing. From the word go, I was emotionally disconnected from the premise. But I also found as AC2 was starting to get settled, Ezio's story got ridiculous. It started with little things, overly predictable lines and clumsy excuses for progression. But what did it for me was the part where you fought off Borgia and got the piece of Eden. Then nearly EVERYONE who'd helped you so far comes out of the woodwork, they know all about you because, wait for it, they're assassins too! And you're actually told not to worry about Borgia for the time being. It may sound petty but, at that point, I stopped progressing the story. I just played for fun and kicks. It may sound condenscending but narrative and plot are things I take quite seriously and, when it's that laughably bad, it marrs the experience. Which is a massive shame. Because I'll agree that AC is one of the best action adventure series ever. And, while I gave Brotherhood a miss, I think they should push on with the franchise and see what else they can make to inspire developers in the future. I just don't think AC is the best franchise to branch into film because it doesn't have a strong plot to base itself on. Still, that's just me.

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

@Raxyman How can you cite a gameplay example as a reason why Ezio is a poor leader? That's the same as saying Samus Aran is a weakling because her armor and weapons always get destroyed or that Link isn't a real hero because he never keeps/saves his weapons from previous adventures. Its a gameplay feature. Basically, the reason Ezio did not keep all of his items from 2 is because he is Rome. Why would he move everything? It was all destroyed or lost during the seige of Monterigionni.... Geez. And I only encountered one glitch in AC:B which involved me falling through the ground, and even then it was only once, and was beyond minor. And you yourself stated you didn't even play it, you said you wrote it off and skipped it??? How do you know anything about glitches or etc?

Johny_47
Johny_47

Maybe we'll see a very good Assassins Creed or Splinter Cell game in the future, I'd love that and Ubisoft are obviously not going to ruin the film of those brilliant franchises *ugh hum* Uwe Boll, Far Cry, oh my what a mess that was, could have been incredible =P

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

@holtrocks Based on what?He's got an amazing track record as a director.

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

@Dragonstrike umm James Cameron. Films based on video games should be directed by video game directors? How does that make any sense? There is a huge difference between directing video games and directing movies. It's better to have someone with experience directing movies to direct, y'know' a movie.

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

@keeperoffate Why not cameron? You know he did much more than just Avatar right? Terminator, Terminator 2, Titanic, Aliens, The Abyss. All great movies with great stories written and directed by james cameron. That and a good plot is already covered. Del toro has essentially no experience with science fiction and his movies are normally very personal and creepy. Face it, if anybody can do big sweeping adventure movies, it's cameron or ridley scott.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

This could be either good or bad. We will get either great entertainment from this or crappy adaptations. I'll check it out none the less.

Daian
Daian

Great games turned into lame TV shows. Super.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@Shanks_D_Chop I have to disagree, but yet of course this is just our opinions. I feel like it is a more open story than AC1. What i mean by this is that its not just "Go here, kill him, next target". Its an evolving story. Things change as you go along. The thing that bothered me is how distant Altair was to everything going on around him (i refer to the assassination targets, not his later debacle with Al-Mualim). Where as with Ezio, he was always at the center of the action. This is mostly due to how the cinematics were laid out. @Raxyman Well man, that is your opinion of course. I will not debate opinions. But do not dismiss Ezio so harshly, or the two latter games. Even with their story flaws, they are (IMHO) hands down one of (if not, the) best action video game series of all time. Back on point about the "Motion Pictures". This can be done PERFECTLY well, or it can be a HUGE disaster. Many examples of bad movies can already be read below.

Raxyman
Raxyman

@CarlitosWay Y'know why there hasn't been anything about Altair? Live by the creed. He was raised to be an assassin, even since his birth. Now tell me, how can someone who was raised since a kid in believing their leader, use reason and discover Al Mualim's trechery? Altair is much mora assassin than Ezio, adn Desmond is much more looked like Altair than Ezio. Besides, in the first assassin, the creed repelled an giant templar attack. Ezio did what? Put his underwear a robe he found around and ONE hidden blade... And ran away. So yeah, i'm more fond of Altair story than Ezio's. The good in AC2 was extending Altair story by manuscripts.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@CarlitosWay Not saying you don't make a good point. BUT I have to disagree in that AC2 had a very poorly written story. It starts promisingly enough but very quickly gets jumbled, clumsy and, at points, horribly cliched. Now, I don't see that as a problem 'cos I play AC2 for the smooth, fast-flowing action, not the story. Just baffles me that, of all their creations, this is the one Ubisoft wants to pull out as a movie.

xbox122501
xbox122501

get a new actor for the main assassin, this guy runs around with the same dumb look on his face the whole time

wahyudil
wahyudil

I want raving rabbid movies or tv series

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Remake Prince Of Persia, make a Splinter-Cell, Far Cry and Ghost Recon Movie but make Assassins Creed a TV series as well as Rayman, Red Steel and Rainbow Six.....or pick any of the above....that is all

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@Raxyman Just because Ezio's personality or traits arent exactly like Altair or Desmonds, doesnt mean he cant be their ancestors. And how can you say Ezio's story is dumb? At least the story was about him, and not the Templars. AC1 was never about Altair. It never put his faith, his family, or his heritage to question, like AC2 & AC:B did. You barely knew anything about Altair, which is the the importance of him. His mystery is part of the power he holds for the series. Ezio is the one who started the Prophecy, with the connection between Desmond and Minerva. I think that the only thing NOT lacking in AC2/AC:B is story. And why is it dumb that Ezio gets attacked at his Villa by the most powerful family in all of Italy, and he loses everything in the process? Its not an original story, but its a great way to begin a fresh new game.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

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tunaface
tunaface

I would love to see a good splinter cell movie.

lilflex1
lilflex1

most games that become movies and shows dont do well at the same time vice-versa

Nihonjinjanai
Nihonjinjanai

I wish more game company's would do this. Capcom, Konami, etc. This way they can keep thier products close to the chest, not let hollywood and producers buy the rights own them for years and screw it up.

advanracer
advanracer

NeilCardiff :: don't expect to be "every" ..but I'd rather mention "The Professional" ..rather than the "5th Element". Love how you voted for yourself. btw. LOL. +1

spaztheunholy
spaztheunholy

If there's one thing I've learned over the years. It is that video game to movie conversion, or anything to anything else, ends in pretty much utter failure. Anybody remember the Blade movies? The only good one was the last one, and that's because Ryan Reynolds is hilarious. How about BloodRayne... FAIL! Learn from it, this is a bad idea.

keybladegamer
keybladegamer

Didn't the Prince of Persia movie get terrible reviews by critics? Hopefully I will never witness Just Dance: The movie Though a splinter cell movie? sounds ok.

Seymour47
Seymour47

This video screams Sci Fi Channel Original.

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

The last 10 minutes of the movie will cost extra.. Oh and don't you dare let the theater lose it's internet connection, or the movie will just start again from the beginning.

Raxyman
Raxyman

@Kou-Nurasaka AC:B gameplay has lost itself because of the MP hype Ezio's story was dumb, how a "leader" lose Altair's armor, equipment, and all his money? Desmond revelation was kind of thrown away with some cliched ideas. The first two games gave a feel of something different, how shocked i was at those memories of the other test subject, when i saw that an unused brain cell is actually the apple of eden "controller". Now brotherhood had cloudy reason memories, Ezio leadership was kind of nonsense (even though the apprentices were really cool to use), Ezio is nothing like Altair or Desmond, so how can Ezio be his ancestor? Brotherhood is a lot of things, but not a "great game". I've so many bugs in brotherhood as i've had in Fallout, the difference is that fallout gave me thrill to compensate the bugs.

Seymour47
Seymour47

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collinmul
collinmul

Marvel proved that giving your properties some tender love & care can lead to entertaining (and profitable) results, no matter how obscure the characters may be before the film starts. Ubisoft seems to have more melodramatic, less light-hearted properties to choose from - Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell - but if they can get some additional capital to get the projects done right this could be interesting. The film industry in particular needs some fresh ideas. Best of luck to them.

Haasdude
Haasdude

I'm so excited for "Your Shape Fitness Evolved: The Movie."