[Movies] Sony and Ubisoft Announce Watch Dogs Feature Film
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.20.2013
Based on the upcoming video game...
Ubisoft announced today at Gamescom that they are developing a feature film based on their upcoming Watch Dogs. Ubisoft Motion Pictures confirmed the news via press release; it is teaming with Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency to develop the film, which releases on current and next-gen systems this winter.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet said, "Sony Pictures and New Regency are ideal partners for us. Their deep production expertise and willingness to allow us to maintain a strong creative voice in the film means that we're on track to deliver a movie that can build upon the excitement that 'Watch Dogs' already is generating as a game."
Columbia Pictures production president Hannah Minghella added, "The themes and open gameplay of 'Watch Dogs' lends itself perfectly to the big screen. The game has intense action and adventure, but the story focuses on information and the control of information, which we think will lead to an exciting thriller. It has tremendous potential as a motion picture and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Ubisoft's internal creative team on the development of the project."
The game is centered on Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker bent on revenge and inflicting his own brand of justice after a violent family tragedy. Using all of his skills, Pearce hacks into Chicago's Central Operating System (ctOS), which controls the city's infrastructure, including security cameras, traffic lights, and public transportation, as well as databases containing key information on the city's residents. In the game, Pearce turns the entire city of Chicago into his ultimate weapon.