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Ubisoft, Sony and New Regency working on Watch Dogs movie

Ubisoft, Sony and New Regency working on Watch Dogs movie

Tue 20 Aug 2013 7:00pm GMT / 3:00pm EDT / 12:00pm PDT
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Hopes "to merge the story-based cinematic experience with the interaction of the video game"

Ubisoft Motion Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency are developing a motion picture based on the Watch Dogs game.

"Since both Sony and Ubisoft have movie and video game branches, this deal creates exceptional opportunities for us to merge the realms of the story-based cinematic experience with the interaction of the video game," commented Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer of Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

"In addition, Sony Pictures and New Regency have deep production expertise and are letting us maintain a strong creative voice in the film's development. Together, we're confident we can deliver a movie that builds upon the excitement that the game is already generating."

New Regency has produced multiple hit movies including Fight Club, Man on Fire, Heat and LA Confidential.

Hannah Minghella, president of Production for Columbia Pictures, added, "The themes and open gameplay of Watch Dogs lends itself perfectly to the big screen.

"The game has intense action and adventure, but the story focuses on information and the control of information, which we think will lead to an exciting thriller. It has tremendous potential as a motion picture and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Ubisoft's internal creative team on the development of the project."

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Greg Wilcox
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Argh. Can't they at least wait until the game is released and does well enough to warrant spending a small fortune getting a film put together. Remember, that Halo movie that was supposed to be HUGE (that ended up dying on the vine)? All it'll take is some lower than expected Metacritic scores (any scores under 8 or so that drag the average down) and this film will turn into vapor. Granted, I'm thinking the game will score highly, BUT you certainly can't plan for that no matter how well it previews.

Oh well, if it happens and is a big smash hit, I just eat some more crow. Personally, I'd rather see that money spent on the movie development go into more games (or a W_D sequel), as I don't care much for non-interactive entertainment based on a game unless it's ogling some behind the scenes videos on the making of one...

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