During yesterday’s Sony Gamescom press briefing Ubisoft announced that its film and television division, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, is collaborating with Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency on development of a feature film based on Watch Dogs, Ubisofts highly anticipated open-world action-adventure video game. The game isn’t even out and already there is a movie deal, I guess that just goes to show the popularity of Ubisoft’s game franchises. I can’t say I disagree with them, the concept of Watch Dogs could and should make for an exciting thriller of a movie. Whether this project truly gets going will ultimately depend on how well the game does but if the quality and performance of Ubisoft’s recent major game releases is any indication, then I think we will be in for quite a treat once the game hits stores and finally when the movie eventually hits theaters.
Watch Dogs centers on Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker bent on revenge and inflicting his own brand of justice after a violent family tragedy. Using all of his skills, Pearce hacks into Chicagos Central Operating System (ctOS), which controls the citys infrastructure, including security cameras, traffic lights, and public transportation, as well as databases containing key information on the citys residents. In the game, Pearce turns the entire city of Chicago into his ultimate weapon.
The project will be overseen at Ubisoft by Ubisoft Motion Pictures. At Columbia, Minghella and Sam Dickerman will oversee development while Alexandra Milchan and Andrew Calof will work on the forthcoming film for New Regency.