Movies based on video game properties too often end up looking like middle of the road genre fare (Resident Evil) or, worse, forgettable big budget stuff that doesn’t please fans of the property or a general audience (Doom, Prince of Persia). Ubisoft, the game studio that publishes the Prince of Persia games, is trying to make sure its properties don’t again get that lackluster treatment. Ubisoft has been working on its own to develop films based on its other properties, beginning with Assassin’s Creed, which trace the story of a modern man whose ancestors were highly trained, accomplished assassins.
I’m a big Assassin’s Creed fan and although most people’s initial thought is “yet another video game franchise’s reputation is going to be tarnished by a dreadful film”, I am genuinely looking forward to this. Michael Fassbender has already signed on to star and co-produce.
Back in May 2011, Ubisoft made the unique decision to launch it’s own film and television division called Ubisoft Motion Pictures. Whilst not directly released by that division, Assassin’s Creed: Embers was effectively their first attempt at moving beyond video games for the franchise (as well as beautifully wrap up the Ezio storyline).