Well as per usual it has been a slow weekend for news. And by that I mean… it’s the weekend and therefore… there is NO news. Even this news post is actually a few days old, in a way.
You see the fact that Ubisoft is teaming up with Sony to make an Assassin’s Creed Movie is actually not all that new. In fact it’s been circulating the blogosphere for the past week and bit. I haven’t mentioned it yet largely due to my laziness and the fact that development of the film hasn’t even started yet. So while I eagerly await yet ANOTHER Assassin’s Creed related dose of awesome, this one will be a while off.
But as it is the weekend and there is nothing else worth mentioning, minus the fact that Uncharted 3 was released two days ago, Mordern Warfare 3 will be released in two days and Skyrim is coming in five days, I figured that I would make a little news post about it.
So really I have told you about half of what the news story is. I.e. Ubisoft will be working with Sony to make an Assassin’s Creed film. The other half of the news is that apparently a fair few people in Hollywood believe that this film will never, ever see the light of day.
Why you ask? Ubisoft has apparently insisted on “ridiculous” levels of control over the creation of the film. Rather than just allowing Sony to go away and make the film, Ubisoft want to have control over the plot, the casting even the ability to simply stop production of the film if they want. Because of this insistence a lot of the big movie companies turned down the opportunity to make the film (Warner Bros, Universal Studios and Dreamworks amongst them) because they believe that the companies demands are too much.
Of course, in a way it does make sense as Ubisoft are apparently the ones who are going to be fronting most of the money for the film, plus Assassin’s Creed is one of Ubisoft’s flagship games. This is the game series that has made them oodles of money, and will probably make them a few more oodles yet!
I can only hope it works out really. By having a lot of control in it, Ubisoft WILL be able to make sure that the film reflects what Assassin’s Creed is. Hopefully it will have the essence and feel of Assassin’s Creed (and therefore be awesome). On the other hand, by having so much control in it, the film might not actually turn out to be that good. After all you can’t just turn a video game into a film and expect it to work. Parts of it will have to change for it to be watchable.
Honestly I can’t really comment on how it’s going to turn out. But Ubisoft! I wish you well and I hope to hell you don’t let me down here!