Sony has Assassin’s Creed in its sights

Videogame movie rights within studio's grasp

 
Sony is close to landing the movie rights to Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed videogame, following a bidding war between film studios. 
 
According to Variety, Sony is in final negotiations to tackle the big screen version of a games franchise that sees assassins in the past recover items for a secret organisation in the future. 
 
Ubisoft - which launched UbiSoft Motion Pictures earlier this year - apparently wants to maintain creative control over the development of its games for other platforms and feels Sony is the studio to allow that.
 
Sony is also currently backing a number of other projects based on games, with adaptations of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and InFamous in development.
 
In August, Ubisoft chief Yves Guillemot told the Gamescom conference in Germany that he also wants to produce bigscreen versions of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon
 
Can Assassin's Creed pull in the crowds? Even a disappointing performance by Disney's Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, which was based on a Ubisoft game, saw that film earn $335m worldwide. 
 
Surely an Assassin can take down a Prince?

Is this one game that's worthy of a big screen adaptation? Or are you still silently weeping at the memory of Hitman.

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    • joker16

      Oct 25th 2011, 1:43

      Yeah, cause whenever they adapt a video game to the big screen it always works out soooo well.

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    • Jcoyle

      Oct 25th 2011, 2:45

      If they ruin this movie il hate sony :@, Assassins Creed games are amazing and hopefully with ubisoft in charge basically hopefully they will make it good! Prince of persia however was too cheesy and childish i thought.

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    • ilikescifi

      Oct 25th 2011, 3:11

      Prince of Persia was basically another Pilates of the Caribbean film. Assassin's prob won't work as a movie but I'll see it anyway, such a great game.

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    • Gav83

      Oct 25th 2011, 5:51

      @joker16: To be fair, not one video game adaptation has had a decent, quality director. Can you imagine Halo turning out c**p in the hands of Peter Jackson?? Shame that didn't come to fruition.

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    • alexr

      Oct 25th 2011, 10:52

      Ah... Halo...how I miss thee....

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    • albongo

      Oct 25th 2011, 12:29

      Maybe the secret in adapting a video game is not to make a perfect copy. To rather adapt the feeling of the story rather than the whole game pixel for pixel. Am I making any sense? Probably not :P

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    • Gav83

      Oct 25th 2011, 22:48

      That Assassin's Creed: Lineage short was actually very good. Costumes were perfect. Cinematography was beautiful and really captured the best bits of the game. Good share dalidab1982!

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    • Gav83

      Oct 25th 2011, 22:48

      That Assassin's Creed: Lineage short was actually very good. Costumes were perfect. Cinematography was beautiful and really captured the best bits of the game. Good share dalidab1982!

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    • SiMan

      Oct 25th 2011, 23:20

      I couldn't disagree more with albongo - taking the themes, characters and ideas from a game to make a movie is what hollywood is doing already and, in my opinion, the reason they're getting it wrong. They should treat the source material like they would do a book. Most modern games now have some form of linearstory you could follow. What they should do is reverse-engineer it, the way a movie-tie-in game follows what happens in the film, they should put events that happen in the game into a contect that feels right on film. I'm not saying you should do a live version of everything within a game, but you just take moments from it and reference it in film. They shouldn't let people direct these things if they haven't played the game. If a director was hired to adapt a book you'd be damn sure they would at least read it first. God, it gets my goat up!

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    • SiMan

      Oct 25th 2011, 23:21

      Oh and dalidab, good shout with the Lineage link. very good indeed.

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