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Ubisoft, Sony and New Regency working on Watch Dogs movie

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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