Ubisoft Committed to Film Adaptations

By Mark Delaney,
Back in May, it was reported that Ubisoft had purchased a movie studio and wanted to make adaptations of some of their popular franchises. In fact, their "Ubisoft Movie Studio" will not be producing the movies in-house, like Marvel recently started doing with their comic book adaptations, but rather act as a middle man between other studios and Ubisoft itself to work out production deals.

Having said that, Ubisoft does still plan on having some creative influence over any future adaptations. Ubisoft's Jean-Julien Baronnet detailed the three requirements studios need to meet:

The first is creative control, so we can be involved in the scriptwriting and production. The second is a royalty structure that ensures the financial security of our investments. And the third is a level of comfort that the production is of the highest quality.
At Gamescom, Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot said the first priorities are to adapt Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, and Ghost Recon.

Adept Splinter Cell fans may recall the teaser trailer of a Splinter Cell movie that was included in in the bonus features of Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory that has probably been scrapped since then. However, it's clear now that Ubisoft is back to trying to get that project, as well as the other two, off the ground.

The talks are all in very early stages but expect to see these movies sometime in the next few years. Ubisoft had mentioned a possible 2013 release for the adaptations.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He has written for GameSkinny, Gamesradar and the Official Xbox Magazine. He runs the family-oriented gaming site Game Together.