Games weren’t the only thing announced at today’s Sony Gamescom presentation: Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet announced that Ubisoft is partnering with New Regency, Columbia Pictures, and Sony Pictures to bring the Watch_Dogs universe to the big screen!
Watch_Dogs is “built around the concept of information warfare, data being interconnected, and the world’s increasing use of technology—questioning who exactly runs the computers they depend on. The game is set in an alternate reality version of Chicago, Illinois, which is one of many cities to feature a supercomputer known as a ‘CtOS’ (Central Operating System). The system controls almost every piece of technology in the city, and contains information on all of the city’s residents and activities which can be used for various purposes. In the game’s universe, the Northeast blackout of 2003 was found to be caused by a hacker, prompting the development of CtOS. The game will follow an antihero named Aiden Pearce, a highly skilled hacker described as a person who uses both ‘fists and wits.'”
Baronnet has stated that the films “are not adaptations” and that they will be creating brand new stories for the film.
According to Variety, Ubisoft will retain full creative control of the project. “That means the division, under the direction of UMP CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet, will hire screenwriters, directors, cast and choose the production shingles and studios it wants to work with. Ubisoft will finance the development of the scripts.”
Hannah Minghella of Columbia Pictures had this to say about her partners and the project:
“The themes and open gameplay of ‘Watch Dogs’ lends itself perfectly to the big screen. The game has intense action and adventure, but the story focuses on information and the control of information, which we think will lead to an exciting thriller. It has tremendous potential as a motion picture and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Ubisoft’s internal creative team on the development of the project.”
Watch_Dogs isn’t the only game being ported to the big screen by Ubisoft’s Motion Pictures devision. Assassin’s Creed, Fary Cry, and Raving Rabbids are all receiving similar treatment. No release date or further information has been released by Ubisoft or their production partners.