Ubisoft Launches Movie Studio

At E3 2009, I distinctly remember Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, talking extensively about the convergence of media, and how important that would be in the coming years. Now, as Ubisoft has announced the creation of a new movie studio, we could be seeing the first steps of that cross media vision in action.

According to Variety, Ubisoft Motion Pictures will be headed up by Jean-Julien Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson's EuropaCorp and will focus on adapting Ubisoft's star properties such as Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell.

Ubisoft has already created their own animation studio, based in their Montreal studio, which has, until now, focused on creating high quality promotional trailers for Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell - we're curious to see how Ubisoft's plans come together in the coming years. It seems like the foundations are being created for something big, across various types of media.

Ubisoft launches film, TV shingle [Variety]


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    Personally, I rather see high quality animated films and series of Ubisoft's series (e.g. AC and SC), and less eager to see live-action versions of those franchises.

    But that's just me.

    I really wish the video animation, or CG, or whatever you would call them team at Blizzard would create a movie studio. Or just start putting out random shorts like the Pixar ones. Blizzard always has the most amazing cut scenes.

    If thats a pic of Yves himself, HOLY SHIT he looks like Uwe Boll.

    I really really really hope other studios follow along with this idea and do their own movie adaptations... Notice we haven't seen many game adaptations recently, because most of them are stalling before they get off the ground.

    I really hope Blizzard decide to make their own CGI movie... I'd see it, it would be epic!

    They also did the short for Ghost Recon... that was pretty epic.

    I'm with some of the other guys.. i'd love it if they'd just stick with animated movies.. would be so so much better

    Also +1 to the team from Blizard needing to turn their attention to full length motion pictures

    Whether they should be animated or not depends on the game i think.

    Like a WoW or Halo Movie due to the nature of the characters shouldn't even be attempted in live action.

    But something like AC or SC could both be done as a Live action movie, the only reason i think neither has been attempted(aside from this move from ubisoft) is that a SC movie would essentially be like a bourne type movie.

    And an assasins creed movie doesn't really fit in 2 hour format, unless they take alot of emphasis of the assasin part

    Ubisoft then announces that all T.V.'s have to be connected to the internet before being able to watch any of their movies on DVD. They go on to say that any DVD features will not be present (no pausing, scene skipping, fast forwarding), in all DVD's so if you lose connection to the internet, you will have to start again.

    In other news, a group of local pirates have already circumvented Ubisoft's DVDRM further illustrating that Ubisoft's only hurting their paying customers.

    An exciting step in transmedia, I reckon. This coming after Random House and THQ announcing a partnership a few weeks back with the aim of collaborating to create and develop original IP for publication over multiple media platforms.

    I'm really excited about transmedia and I love the idea of a story arc or a universe being the main focus. Gets my mind racing about the possibilities. The idea of the storytelling being a priority and the form in which it takes (game, film, comic, book) being sort of secondary makes me pretty excited about the creativity we're going to see soon and the quality of the content.

    I'd love a proper Assassin's creed movie... probably not live action, but the animated stuff (e.g AC: Brotherhood trailer) would be great ^_^ if they did it well, it'd be easy-er to follow on to a sequel as the games do it a lot.. >.>

    I love the idea... hopefully they can pull off all this transmedia stuff and do it well, its a great step in the right direction. (in my over-excited opinion, that is)

    I thought that said 'Move' studio and was for Move games.

    I wonder if this means they'll be splitting resources in order to make both games and films? I'm having trouble seeing how they will have funding for both film and game

    For some reason Ridley Scott is who I want to do an Assassin's Creed movie...

    and @Alinos yeah, unfortunately because Conviction is the most recent Splinter Cell any attempted movie would likely follow its' very "bourne-esque" approach and because of that it would feel cliche and not very exciting :-/...

    a movie based on the Original SC games? That'd be something I'd be interested in seeing done well.

    For those who've seen it, the Assassin's Creed: Lineage short film was an awesomely done tie-in to Brotherhood. Doing short films to compliment their games could be really good.

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