Insider: Assassin’s Creed Film Deal Set to ‘Undervalue What Movie Studios Do’

Things are awry in Hollywood, as per usual. The proposed Assassin’s Creed movie deal between Ubisoft and Sony Pictures has stirred up quite a storm in the film industry, it appears.

Vulture has reported that that the aforementioned deal has given Ubisoft an unheard of amount of control over any potential Assassin’s Creed project. To make the deal, Sony had to grant Ubisoft approval over almost every aspect of the film – budget, casting, scripting and even the release date.

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An astonished industry insider who spoke to Vulture stated:

“As a director, even Steven Spielberg cannot get this kind of deal.”

A Hollywood talent agent who represents another gaming publisher also weighed in with his opinion:

“The whole Ubisoft/Sony deal is a waste of ink, paper and time. The level of control Sony gave up means, effectively, that Assassin’s Creed will never — and I mean never — get made.”

The head of another movie studio even went so far as to say:

“It’s [Ubisoft’s] billion-dollar brand, so I get that they’re protective. But they’re not moviemakers, and the only way to make sure it’s a bad movie is to undervalue what movie studios do — and this is a deal that totally undervalues what movie studios do.”

The deal has clearly got a lot of people involved in the film industry fired up – however – could such a level of editorial control for the movie finally result in a better game-to-movie translation?

Source: Vulture

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23 Comments

  1. could see this either being very bad.. or very good..

  2. Ubisoft may be acting this way as most video game films do tend to insult the fans and generally be crap.

    But if they really want to make sure it decent and true to the source, they should make a CGI film as from the video game CGI(excluding that POS that was Spirits Within) they tend to be decent. :)

    • I wouldn’t consider Spirits Within to be a POS. It’s actually not that bad if you don’t look at it as a FF movie. :)

  3. I’d say it’s perfectly understandable that Ubisoft are doing that. Considering the wealth of terrible game movies I’d want control over my franchise too.

    What they should do, however, is relinquish control and give it to an amazing director. Peter Jackson?

    • If he wasn’t busy with The Hobbit that would be ideal. I think Zack Snyder (300, Suckerpunch) would do an alright job, he’s good at making things heavily stylized and I think that’s the way they should approach this. Or Edgar Wright, he really pulled the Scott Pilgrim off very well I thought.

      Whichever director though, I think you’re right. I think most movie crossovers fail because either the director is a twat or he doesn’t understand the game properly, so a good director who is also a nerd nicely solves that dilemma.

      • Suckerpunch was awful, 90 minutes of school girl fantasies with guns dreamt up by school boys.

      • I don’t understand what you are saying. ;)

      • Suckerpunch was awful, it lacked balls. It just pussyfooted about the place for ages, and that’s ignoring the awful story and acting. If zack snyder were to take it, there’d have to be another person, who actually has balls, to make sure the film isn’t awful. (this is actually from a bit of a snyder fan – directing anyway). I think peter jackson would do a good job, but he does epics, and i think AC needs to be slightly more action oriented. P.s. I think the hobbit is nearly done… What i’m really saying is that if Peter Jackson and zack snyder did it together, i’m pretty sure it would own. Really unlikely though. lol

    • I completely agree, they may as well protect their IP if they care about it and want to control the direction it goes in if Sony Pictures want to give them the ability to do so.

      I can’t see that it will make much difference to Ubisoft whether a film is made or not, at least this way, if a film IS made, it will be made on their terms and will spare them the embarrassment of a “Mario Brothers” or “Chun-Li”.

  4. Undervalue what movie studios do? – For movies based on games he clearly does not know what he is talking about.

    and yes – CGI movie would be way better for every game movie.

    • Heh, I know right. Is it possible to undervalue what movie studios do with game properties?

      • Yeah, it could be brilliant if it was CGI!

  5. I wish naughty dog had more control over the uncharted movie

    • Do what i do? Ignore it and just play the video games, they’re movie quality anyway :P

      • Wait, Uncharted 1-3 are games? ;O

  6. This is exactly why movies based on games suck most of the time. Movie studios think they are so great at making movies and that they know exactly what fans really want that they don’t even realize that it’s utter shit that they end up producing. If the movie never gets made because of this deal then its probably for the better because if the studios don’t agree with the devs about the game it would probably end up sucking anyways. I’d say this is a really good move that makes sure that the movei either gets made the way fans would like it or doesn’t get made at all.
    Let Chris Nolan write the script and take my money, already!! *throws money at the screen*

    • have you seen the two street fighter movies?
      capcom produced those.

  7. did they not see what that did to the halo movie?

  8. “The deal has clearly got a lot of people involved in the film industry fired up – however – could such a level of editorial control for the movie finally result in a better game-to-movie translation?”

    didn’t work for the street fighter movies.

  9. Considering it’s Ubi’s series I think they are absolutely right to want so much control over the project. More publishers should have done the same. Also, considering the high level of quality of that little mini series Ubi put out before AC2 or brotherhood, I’m confident in them.

    • yeah but if it costs them the chance to get the movie made at all, will it be the right choice.

      seems to me they want to make the movie, but get the studio to pay for it.
      and it just doesn’t usually work that way.

      that attitude from ms cost us the chance to see a Neill Blomkamp directed, Peter Jackson produced Halo film.
      after seeing what the two of them could create in District 9 i think never getting the chance to see their halo movie is a tragedy.

  10. chances are it’ll have the same feeling as the games but take far longer and cost too much

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