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Ubisoft/Sony nearly ready to sign off on Assassin's Creed movie

Ubisoft Motion Pictures is close to announcing a partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment to adapt Assassin's Creed into a major Hollywood production, says Variety. The studio, first announced in May, has been commanding attention from a number of top studios with the property. Sony's bid for the Assassin's Creed film rights reportedly beat out Universal, among others.

Above: Expect a Hollywood Assassin's Creed to play out on a larger scale than 2009's Lineage shorts

While the deal has yet to be finalized, it's expected that Ubisoft's film division would retain a high degree of control over the property, though Variety speculates that the picture could be of a large enough scale that both studios would bankroll the production. Ubisoft confirmed that its brands command “high interest from top Hollywood studios,” though neither company would comment further on just how far planning has come. It's unclear, for instance, whether Ubi's plans for a 3D Creedwould come wrapped into this deal (especially given the diminishing returns shown on 3D pictures since that announcement).

The last big-screen adaptation of an Ubisoft property was 2010's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time with Disney. Sony's own gaming properties also enjoy varying stages of big-screen development, most notably in the form of the company's ongoing efforts to realize an Uncharted movie.

Oct 20, 2011

Source: says Variety

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12 comments

  • Silo - October 21, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    This is one game that would make a good film if done correctly, hope they tell more about the ones that came before.
  • mothbanquet - October 21, 2011 5:18 a.m.

    So, Hollywood wants a piece of the AC pie and Ubi are more than happy to feed it to them... A metric ton of games have great movie potential on paper but that potential is always wasted. The movies are forgettable at best and at worst, actually damage what the games themselves actually stand for. The games themselves are the perfect movies; lengthy, rich, atmospheric and interactive ones, the vast majority of which enjoy better casting and subsequent acting than any of their silver screen counterparts. We need to keep these two mediums separate. I've seen too many terrible movies and every time news like this is announced I die a little inside.
  • taokaka - October 21, 2011 12:48 a.m.

    You might want to sit down before you read the rest of my comment because what I'm about to tell you may shock you. Well here goes .......... *takes deep breath* movies based off of games aren't that great and you shouldn't have high expectations for this.
  • Z-man427 - October 20, 2011 8:17 p.m.

    This could be good as long as it's a separate storyline from Desmond/Ezio/Altaïr.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - October 20, 2011 6:49 p.m.

    Assassin's Creed 2 told a great tale of vengeance-turned-epic war with the Templars. It also was a coming of age for Ezio, who would become an even greater Assassin than Altair. Who else thinks that Ezio is going to die at the end of Revelations?
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - October 20, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    I didn't mean to go right into that last sentance, there was supposed to be a new paragraph there. Sorry. Also probaly should have said that I agree with the movie, if done correctly.
  • gamer123gamer - October 20, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    He won't be able to in the game since he has to knock up the right girl to pass his memories onto, which would be the last thing the animus would allow Desmond to experience in Ezio's life. There could be another way to do it, but it's been stated that the Assassin's Creed Embers movie takes place after Revelations, with Ezio still alive.
  • Yetiman969 - October 21, 2011 1:31 a.m.

    Nope, he has a sister doesn't he?
  • gamer123gamer - October 21, 2011 12:55 p.m.

    Not sure what she'd have to do with anything.
  • meh - October 20, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    I think it would be a cool idea if the story was told through subject 16 and his descending into insanity as he is forced into the animus so many times. Also, it should be CG. Asscreed just looks weird when it's live action.
  • DaveTheBouncer - October 20, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    The franchise has a solid story line and a wide enough universe to support it. If the story follows the first game the script is already done. Then we can just sit back and watch a dude collect flags for two hours. No, it has great possibility.

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