Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Nobody outside of Netflix knows exactly how many people watch anything on everyone’s default streaming service, but the numbers are high enough for everyone involved to keep investing in original shows and movies. They’re also large enough to attract major talents. Netflix is responsible for an upcoming Will Smith movie. A Will Smith movie!
Which brings us to today’s little morsel of news: Ubisoft, the video game publisher responsible for its fair share of popular titles, is looking to get into the Netflix business. With a Ubisoft Netflix tv series possibly in the works, which video game property might they be looking at for a small screen tv show?
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When Marvel Studios announced its “phase two,” most of the company’s “phase one” films were already in theaters. There was a proven track record, so audiences had a good idea of what the studio was doing with its characters.
Game publisher Ubisoft has been taking control of game-to-film adaptations featuring its many popular properties, with a “phase one” that includes Assassin’s Creed produced by and starring Michael Fassbender, Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon developed by Michael Bay. It’s a great slate, and now the company is announcing the development of “phase two,” with films based on the Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and Rabbids games.
Trouble is, none of those phase one films actually exist just yet. Ubisoft clearly has big plans, and is relishing the control over its properties. Six films in development is a lot. Can the company deliver, or is the “active overseer” role perfect to make sure that the films happen, but in a way that will be true to the games? Read More »
A few months ago, U.S. Copyright Group tried to sue over 20,000 people for downloading indie films such as Uwe Boll’s Far Cry. Seeing some modest success with that plan, they arranged to follow it up with a new lawsuit, targeting people who had downloaded The Hurt Locker. The original idea was to use software to track down the IP addresses of people downloaded these films over bittorrent networks. The Group would provide the IP addresses to Internet service providers (e.g. Comcast, Time Warner Cable, etc.) and subpoena them to turn over downloaders’ real names and addresses. These people would then be offered the opportunity to settle for a modest sum of money. Refusal would result in a lawsuit.
It’s a classic, time-honored way of ruthlessly extracting money from people that want your product, used by the RIAA back in its golden years. But it turns out, Time Warner Cable isn’t too happy with the plan.
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In what looks like it may be a repeat of the RIAA’s litigation against individual music piraters, Eriq Gardner at THR, Esq. is reporting that over 20,000 movie torrent downloaders have been sued recently for copyright infringement by US Copyright Group in Washington D.C. federal court. Five lawsuits have been filed against people who illegally downloaded the films Steam Experiment, Far Cry, Uncross the Stars, Gray Man, and Call of the Wild 3D. Lawsuits on behalf of five more films targeting another 30,000 people are on the way.
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Director Uwe Boll, who is famous for ruining the big screen adaptations of popular video games like Bloodrayne, House of the Dead, Dungeon Siege and Postal, is back again with yet-another- video game adaptation – Far Cry.
Based on the best-selling videogame franchise that sold over 3 million copies, Director Uwe Boll (In the Name of the King, Bloodrayne) unleashes his latest non-stop action thriller Far Cry on DVD November 24 from Vivendi Entertainment. Til Schwiger (Inglourious Basterds), Udo Kier (Grindhouse), and Emmanuelle Vaugier (Saw IV) star in the action-packed story of a reporter who investigates the deaths of mercenaries on an island off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Jack Carver (Schweiger), a retired special forces officer, escorts star journalist, Valerie (Vaugier), on the trail of a story on a mysterious island off the Pacific Northwest. Upon docking, they are attacked and pursued by a squad of mercenaries employed by scientist, Dr. Krieger (Udo Kier). In their attempt to escape, they uncover Dr. Krieger’s secret lab and unleash the genetically engineered beasts that he’s created.
Vivendi Entertainment is releasing the film direct-to-dvd on November 24th, and have released a promotional trailer on IGN. It looks as bad as you may be expecting. DreadCentral wrote in their review of the film, “Far Cry is what you get when Uwe Boll stops trying.”Watch the trailer for yourself embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Oh no, it looks like Uwe Boll‘s adaptation of Far Cry is finally being released in September. DVDForum has some production photos. Check them out if you dare.