Watch Dogs film moving forward with Sony

Ubisoft partners with Sony Pictures and New Regency to bring feature film about Chicago open-world game to theaters; no director, cast, or date announced.

Today during Sony's Gamescom briefing, Ubisoft announced that its Watch Dogs movie will be produced and distributed in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet reiterated that Ubisoft will have a "strong creative voice in the film's development."

President of Sony Pictures subsidiary Columbia Pictures Hannah Minghella said in a statement that Watch Dogs' gameplay and themes are "perfect" for the big-screen. She added that the franchise has "tremendous potential" as a motion picture.

No director has been named for the Watch Dogs movie, nor has a cast or release date been announced.

Ubisoft previously launched a poll asking fans who should play the lead role of Aiden Pearce in the Watch Dogs movie, with fans calling for Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise.

Ubisoft has a total of six movies in the pipeline. In addition to Watch Dogs, the French publisher is making movies based on its Far Cry, Rabbids, Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, and Ghost Recon franchises. In all instances, Ubisoft will retain creative control.

Watch Dogs launches later this year on current- and next-generation consoles, as well as PC.

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J-007
J-007

Nice idea! But with production values of nowadays, its concerning but should work.

erMonezza
erMonezza

Yes, wooohoooo, another movie based on a game, and an unreleased game at that. How can that go wrong, I ask you.

They should hire Uwe Boll. He will do a fantastic job.


BarraKas
BarraKas

Much confidence you have ubisoft.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

i'll bet my life savings and say that sony is gonna watch this movie flop too. not a good move.

flamingboard
flamingboard

They can't even wait for the damn game to come out.

gosushi
gosushi

I don't want to see another Tom Cruise film for a while. Can't we go with someone a little less obvious and boring like Ed Norton......

rarson
rarson

Interesting. Sony could use its movie arm to encourage developer support. Of course, they can't just throw movie money at any idea, but they could at least attract some big projects.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Should be a interesting movie. I can't help but feel it will be like a Bourne movie.

llantaeusll
llantaeusll

Already got Person of Interest, so why the need for a movie?

Codester_41
Codester_41

you really have high hopes for this game, don't you, Ubi?

freedomspopular
freedomspopular

I have an idea for a title...Person of Interest! Oh wait....

surferosh
surferosh

ohh please Ubi... not Tom 'frigging cant act' Cruise !!!!

kik4444
kik4444

By doing this shows that Ubisoft is overconfident for this game. What if it turns out to be disappointing? What happens to the movie then?

snugglebear
snugglebear

I think planning a film based on a game before the game even comes out is just plain absurd. 

Leboyo56
Leboyo56

It'd be funny if the movie was somehow able to be released in December, or somewhere close to the game's release, because then it'd be like a licensed a tie-in.

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

Vin Diesel as Aiden as Tom is too much the obvious choice.

Djwolfram
Djwolfram

Uwe Boll for director,jean claude van damme to play aiden and rosie o'donnell for love interest

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

Just wait for it, next week they'll announce the main cast has signed on for Watchdogs, Watchdogs 2 and Watchdogs 3 the prequel.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

Why are there so many films based on games at the moment? There must be at least a dozen in development, some of which, like this, are for games that aren't even out yet.

I think Ubisoft are just going nuts with their IPs. I mean look at AssCreed - it's far more milked than CoD ever has been. There's the main console series, Vita, mobile and Facebook spin-offs, novels, comics, animated shorts, live action shorts, and a feature-length film in development. Are they planning to milk Watch Dogs just as much? For the love of gaming let's hope not.

19James89
19James89

Why do I sense another Prince of Persia and Doom-esque failure?

When they are making a Bioshock movie, I want to be a Splicer extra in that.

dogbert784
dogbert784

Just make sure Gary Oldman is in this somehow, Ubisoft. I don't care how, just make sure he's in it. 

fanirama
fanirama

Tom Cruise would be perfect for this movie. He is a great actor and makes good movies spectacular. Oblivion was great.

ANEJEI
ANEJEI

Why would they spend millions of dollars on a movie based on a game that hasn't come out yet? What if the game doesn't sell well, then that would be millions wasted on making a movie on a game that flops (not saying it will but in the case that it does).

StHapns247
StHapns247

"No director has been named for the Watch Dogs movie, nor has a cast or release date been announced."

Baby steps, I guess?

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@rarson  

What do you mean?

"Make your game a Sony exclusive and we'll make a movie based on your game." 

Firs tof all, exclusives are annoying, and screw over both the gamer and the games developer.
Secondly, movie tie-ins are usually avoided by sensible game developers.

Jasbro
Jasbro

@wasakawaka Seriously?, thats like having him play a midget, physical appearance aside he just doesnt strike me as a hacker type of actor.

ck10304
ck10304

@wasakawaka vin diesel as a shady hacker? ya right. I think Ed Norton would be perfect for this

liam82517
liam82517

@19James89 i dont know about that. These movies have something diffent that no other game based movie has, and thats the original content creator has creative control, rather then some fuckwit in a suit at sony who thinks justin bieber sells movie tickets.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@dogbert784"Get me Gary Oldman to be in everyone of these movies", "Uhh, what?", "EEEVVEERRYYOOONNNEEE"

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@fanirama  

I read this comment as if it was said sarcastically, because that's the only way I could believe such words could come out of a persons mouth in relation to Tom Cruise.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@ANEJEI  

It's Ubisoft, you can probably bet on them having started making a sequel already to come out next year. Along with a Vita tie-in, a novel, a comic, and other such things.

This is going to be Ubi's new cash cow.

surferosh
surferosh

@AggrandizedUser @wasakawaka   agree with you.

how about Andrew Garfield ?

Jasbro
Jasbro

@Scorpion1813 @fanirama Yes we all know its cool to hate Tom Cruise purely because of his religious choices, but the guy is an amazing actor, hell his past roles in Mission Impossible movies make him the perfect choice for this movie.


Hes a far better choice than some of the retarded suggestions i've read on here, Vin Diesel seriously?, Gary Oldman was mentioned yea the guys is amazing but come on.

To me hes as perfect for the role as Nathan Fillion is for Nathan Drake.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Scorpion1813 @fanirama I really liked Oblivion, but not solely because of Tom Cruise. Collateral showed he could play a morally questionionable character, though I haven't seen much else of that quality in other films.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@Jasbro

I don't give a crap about his religious choices, makes no difference to me. People can believe whatever they want as long as they aren't forcing those belief's on other people. 

The problem is he's a terrible actor. Maybe he used to be good once upon a time, but his performances in the last decade have been hit and miss - mostly miss. You'd think he would be used to playing the same personality over and over, but he can't do it. He needs to start picking different roles - ones where he's actually capable of giving a believable performance.