Ubisoft’s ‘Assassin’s Creed’ video game movie adaptation looks to be producedand distributed by Sony Pictures. The rights to the movie were apparently hotly contested by a number of large studios, with Sony getting the winning ticket.
Variety reported Thursday final negotiations were underway. Other studios showed interest, including Universal.
“Assassin’s Creed” is a third-person adventure game series (four titles since 2007) that has sold more than 26 million copies. In case the title didn’t tip you off, the game centers on a lineage of assassins, but the sci-fi story flips backward in time to explores their secret conflict with the Templars, who have spread their influence across history.
Ubisoft sees adaptions as a way to turn its games like Assassin’s Creed into larger brands that will get the titles in front of more consumers while creating lucrative new revenue sources for themselves.
Ubisoft has worked diligently to bring their franchises into other media, forming Ubisoft Motion Pictures back in May. The company is already at work on a television adaptation of their “Raving Rabbids” franchise in collaboration with Nickelodeon. Division head Jean-Julien Baronnet previously stated that the company was also interested in seeing the “Splinter Cell” and “Ghost Recon” franchises – both under the Tom Clancy moniker – receive the film treatment.
The “Assassin’s Creed” series is about to release its fourth iteration