Let’s be real for a second, and recognize that, for the most part, videogame movies suck.They tend to make a lot of money, but they often miss the point or feel of the game they’re based off of entirely. Ubisoft may have the answer to that. CEO Yves Guillemot says, because Ubisoft has creative control, they’re in a position to deliver the movies that gamers and fans deserve.
“The best way to do that is to make sure you control what is important in movie creation,” Guillemot says. “It’s the scenario and the cast and the director. And if you are capable of negotiating with those guys in the movie production studios, making sure they are on the same page as you, that they understand the IP – what is strong, what makes it interesting for the gamers – then you can create something that will match people’s expectations.,” Guillemot told the Ubisoft Blog.
Ubisoft has 6 movies (that we know of) in the works, with its own television and movie division. The following franchises have been confirmed for movie releases: Rabbids, Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon, Watch Dogs, Far Cry, and Splinter Cell, with X-Men: Days of Future Past actor Michael Fassbender slated to play the lead in the Assassin’s Creed movie while Tom Hardy of Batman (Bane) and Inception fame has been cast for the Splinter Cell movie.
Videogame movies are on the minds of more than a few game makers and movie makers alike. A few years ago, director Neil Blomkamp of District 9 and Elysium fame was in talks to direct a Halo movie, and Sony is in pre-production on a Last of Us movie. If Ubisoft and other game makers can finally break the trend of making sub-par videogame movies, perhaps a videogame movie golden age (much like the era of comic book movies we’re currently in) isn’t too far off.
Guillemot also says that movies will be beneficial to gamers in the long run. By investing in movie properties and generating new revenue streams, more resources will be made available to game development. Along with that, new technology and tools that will be made for movie production can also be leveraged by the gaming studios to bring a more cinematic feel to gaming.
So far it looks like Guillemot and Ubisoft aren’t looking for a quick cash grab or letting go of creative control over their properties, which can only be a good thing for gamers.
Here’s to some cautionary optimism towards a new era of videogame movies.