The past couple of months have brought speculation and a lot of talk among the fans of one of the most popular video game titles in the world, Assassin’s Creed, about the upcoming movie adaptation of the Ubisoft game. This speculation was confirmed in October 2011, when NYMag published that Assassin’s Creed will indeed be turned into a movie produced by Sony Pictures. While turning a video game into a movie is not a rare occasion, the Assassin’s Creed deal has surprised plenty of insiders in both the film and the video game industry.
A lot of buzz has been generated by the rumors of the Assassin’s Creed movie, but most of them are centered around the control Sony Pictures has allowed Ubisoft over the whole deal. Sony has essentially relinquished a huge amount of control to the game publisher—allowing Ubisoft to approve the major aspects of the movie, including the budget, the main cast of characters, the script, and international release date. Needless to say, this kind of control has never been seen before in the history of video game to movie adaptations.
Of course, Hollywood insiders are very skeptical about this deal, and have essentially condemned the Ubisoft and Sony Picturesdeal to the back burner, and one talent agent went as far as to say that the Assassin’s Creed movie will never be made. One of the factors that might have led this talent agent to come up with this pessimistic conclusion is the fact that the Disney production of Prince of Persia tanked. Another industry fact is that even the most popular directors working in the movies today—Steven Spielberg—never gets this kind of control over the films he is directing.
Ubisoft certainly hopes that control over the Assassin’s Creed adaptation will allow them to improve on the mistakes of the Prince of Persia adaptation, but what does a video game company know about the film industry?