Ubisoft In Talks With Netflix For ‘Watch Dogs,’ ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ Or ‘Tom Clancy’ TV Series
Which Ubisoft favorite are we seeing soon on Netflix? Is it Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed, a Tom Clancy title, or maybe even Far Cry?
It’s just a few more weeks before the much-anticipated Assassin’s Creed movie premieres in US theaters. Assassin’s Creed has been one of the most successful franchises, not only of Ubisoft, but across the gaming industry, and it was only high time this legend get its own movie adaptation–although with the long list of disastrous game-to-movie adaptations, we are seriously worried for Assassin’s Creed. Digital Spy notes that Oscar-nominated Michael Fassbender is underlining the Assassin’s Creed cast and we’re very much excited what the movie can do for the franchise.
But Ubisoft is not stopping with Assassin’s Creed. In fact, Ubisoft is determined to be even more aggressive with its various endeavors, following a recent news briefing that stated Ubisoft will stay independent for as long as it can.
Reuters reported that Ubisoft’s chairman and chief executive Yves Guillemot announced at the recent press briefing that despite pressures from one of its major shareholders Vivendi, Guillemot is trying his best to keep Ubisoft independent. In fact, the report notes that Ubisoft is gearing to acquire some $110 million-worth of assets in the mobile phone games sector and increase its workforce by 500 to 1,000 people in France over the next five years.
In addition to these aggressive moves to keep Ubisoft together, iDigital Times reports that Guillemot has confirmed he is in serious talks with Netflix over a series. While no other information has been released by Ubisoft regarding the upcoming Netflix project, it is highly possible that a Ubisoft title could be remade into a Netflix TV series. After the Assassin’s Creed movie, surely, Ubisoft is ready to take things to a whole new level by banking on Netflix.
Ubisoft first dabbled into movie and television producing back in 2011 when they created Ubisoft Motion Pictures, a division that focuses primarily on bringing Ubisoft gaming titles to the big and small screens. One of the first projects of the Ubisoft Motion Pictures was the animated TV series Rabbids Invasion, which started to air on Nickelodeon in 2013. Rabbids Invasion was based on the Raving Rabbids video game series produced by Ubisoft and is still in production, currently at its third season.
Another quite successful endeavor by Ubisoft in the film industry is The Division: Agent Origins, a short film this year based on Ubisoft’s open world third-person shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division. In fact, Cinema Blend was one of the many critics who looked favorably at The Division: Agent Origins despite the inevitable knack of video games to turn into horrible film adaptations.
With the success of Rabbids Invasion and The Division: Agent Origins, it’s highly certain that another one of Ubisoft’s titles will get the television treatment. We know that Splinter Cell, The Division, Far Cry, Ghost Recon, and Watch Dogs are rumored to be in development for a possible movie adaptations, Slash Film reports it’s easy to bring one of these titles to the television.
In fact, Assassin’s Creed could easily be continued into a TV series, too, if the movie does as good as fans hope it to be. Watch Dogs 2 is Ubisoft’s hottest title at the moment and if the franchise continues to be promising, a proper TV series based on Aiden Pearce is not too hard to imagine, as well. The Division’s short film, too, left a lot of fans begging for more so a TV series might not be such a bad idea.
— Watch Dogs 2 (@watchdogsgame) November 13, 2016
Multimedia has been the trend nowadays and we’d love to see Ubisoft bring more of its franchises outside the gaming platforms and into the wider world of media.
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