Does UbiSoft have too much power over the Assassin's Creed movie?
Could the deal that UbiSoft has struck with Hollywood prevent the Assassin's Creed movie ever getting made?
One of the most frustrating things about being a fan of both movies and video games is just how poor films based on games have been over the years. There have been a few passable adaptations, but largely they’re sub-standard and fail to capture the spirit of the properties they’re based on.
With this in mind, UbiSoft appears to be taking the adaptation of Assassin's Creed incredibly seriously, and is exercising a great deal of caution. Given the massive success the games in the series have experienced to date, and with the new instalment on the horizon, UbiSoft was in a good position to call the shots. And it seems that's what it did, securing a deal that gives it a lot of creative control over the project.
Ubisoft has final say over pretty much all aspects of the production, including director, budget, principal cast, script and release date. The deal even allows it, apparently, to scrap the film should it not meet their standards.
Whilst it’s a deal that will no doubt please a number of fans of the series and UbiSoft itself, Vulture is reporting that industry insiders aren't happy. It has been pointed out that not even someone like Steven Spielberg would get this kind of deal, and others are apparently stating that the idea of Ubisoft telling studios how to make movies is ridiculous.
Most worryingly, one Hollywood talent agent said that "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.”
In fairness, it’s not as if UbiSoft doesn’t have enough justification for its approach, and it'll apparently be financing a large portion of the project anyway. With Assassin's Creed being one of the most successful video game franchises of recent times and the company's lead property, there's a strong argument for keeping itself covered. Whether that stops the movie happening, though, we'll find out in due course.
More news on the Assassin's Creed movie when we get it