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Video game publisher UbiSoft has really taken possession of the film translations of its game properties. The company has been working to develop a load of film: Splinter Cell, starring Tom Hardy, with New Regency; Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender, who is also producing for Fox; Watch Dogs with Sony; and Ghost Recon with Michael Bay and Warner Bros.

Ubi has also been pushing its Raving Rabbids characters to television and other forms of merchandizing, and is now taking the little guys to the big screen. Info on that is below.

Sony, meanwhile, has some of its own properties in development, including Ratchet and Clank (teaser here), Sly Cooper (teaser here), and Heavenly Sword. We’ve seen one teaser for Heavenly Sword, and now there’s a new one, which you can also see below. Read More »

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Super packed edition of Theme Park Bits featuring lots of closings. Below, read about the following:

  • The Back to the Future themed restaurant Doc Brown’s Chicken at Universal Hollywood is closing in January.
  • The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland is closing for refurbishment.
  • Universal Studios Japan gets $250 million investment to build a Harry Potter park.
  • A Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Shanghai Disneyland might use new technology.
  • Check out an image of where Harry Potter land will be in California.
  • Disneyland and Walt Disney World visitors can enjoy some Mary Poppins exclusives starting this week.
  • See photo and video from the new Raving Rabbids, The Time Machine ride at Futuroscope in France.
  • Rumor has it there might be a Warcraft presence at Universal Orlando in the future.
  • Listen to some of the original sounds and music from the Haunted Mansion.

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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 »

UbiSoft is leading a change in the video game industry when it comes to crafting film adaptations of games. The company has taken the reins of its own licenses and is actively developing several features with deals that attract top talent. Michael Fassbender is producing and starring in Assassin’s Creed, and Tom Hardy was recently attached to a film based on Ubi’s Splinter Cell series.

Now Ubi is developing a film based on the Ghost Recon game series, a set of tactical military shooters that is another one of the company’s Tom Clancy-branded franchises. And for the kids (or anyone who wants a little lunacy) the company is also working on an animated TV series based on the series of games that began with Rayman Raving Rabbids in 2006. Read More »

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Even if you’ve never played any of the video games from the Raving Rabbids series, there’s a good chance that you’ve caught some of the wacky antics that can be expected from them during a commercial break or two. The series is a spin-off of the Rayman line of games, and is based around a species of mischievous, maniacal rodents that serve as the antagonists of the franchise. Since their many media appearances, they’ve grown in popularity so much that they’ve even managed to eclipse the original series that spawned them.

And as with anything that grows popular, there’s no hesitation to capitalize on it: A Raving Rabbids TV show is currently in the works, and the studio producing it is none other than Aardman Animation. Learn more after the break. Read More »

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