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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Among the many films that game publisher UbiSoft has developed from its own internal properties is Ghost Recon, based on concepts from Tom Clancy novels. The games feature an elite, ultra-high tech US military force. The film rights are at Warner Bros., with Michael Bay developing and producing. And now the Y: The Last Man and Human Target writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have been hired to knock the concept of the military unit into shape for a film. Read More »
A while ago the video game company Ubisoft made a big move: it decided to develop its own game properties as films. The idea is that Ubi can come up with better movies based on its own games than external producers could; that’s untested as yet, but the early results are impressive. They’re still partnering with outside entities to actually get the films made, but the development effort is being spearheaded by Ubi.
And so we have the Michael Fassbender-produced Assassin’s Creed film in the works, and a Splinter Cell movie potentially starring Tom Hardy. Both are produced by New Regency, with Fox set to release Assassin’s Creed on Memorial Day 2015. Now Michael Bay and his company Platinum Dunes have come on board to develop a film based on the near-future warfare series Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon with Warner Bros. It’s Bay’s first project with WB, and potentially a movie he will direct. 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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You’ve hopefully seen Logorama, the CGI animated film that won the best animated short Oscar on Sunday night. Credited to the French team H5, which is made up of François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain, the short has led to a lot of curiosity about whether we might see a feature that displays some of the same filmmaking chops and sense of playful anarchy.
Now it seems that Alaux and de Crécy are moving into live-action, though not quite in the typical manner. They’ll direct a short to tie in with French video game publisher Ubisoft’s upcoming title Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Read More »