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The Possible New Director For Video Game Adaptation Of Assassin's Creed Is…

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Several days ago we heard a rumor that video game company Ubisoft and Ubisoft Motion Pictures was in the very early stages of launching several films from their hot video game properties, and one of them is Assassin’s Creed. Today we also discovered that they are not only planning to launch that game but Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon as well.

What was very interesting to us is that while we were trying to track down the story from our sources we discovered a couple of days ago that Ubisoft was thinking about going in-house for the films, since a director who currently works with the company is already in good standards with them.

Who is that person you might ask? Well, that director is Matty Rich– the same director who was behind the helm for the films Straight Out Of Brooklyn and The Inkwell. What many people do not know is that Rich has been working with Ubisoft for years, directing and working behind the scenes with other games such as 187 Ride Or Die.

Anyway, no official word has been released on who Ubisoft will use, but we will fill you in as the story develops. In the meantime, here is the exclusive article that was released by Variety today;

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film and TV production arm of the French game-publishing giant, is developing 3D features based on some of its top vidgame franchises — “Assassin’s Creed,” “Splinter Cell” and “Ghost Recon.”

Launched in January, the division is headed by former EuropaCorp CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet, along with Didier Lupfer, senior VP of production and development, and Jean de Rivieres, senior VP of international marketing and distribution.

An epic action-adventure, “Assassin’s Creed” turns on the conflict between Templars and Assassins, two secret orgs with different ideologies who have influenced, according to the game, most major historical events.

An action drama in the vein of “The Bourne Identity,” “Splinter Cell” turns on an elite secret agent fighting world terrorism and struggling to protect his daughter.

“Ghost Recon,” a tech-driven war actioner set in the near future, follows a secret, elite team of soldiers fighting for world peace with cutting-edge military technology.

Baronnet said Ubisoft Motion Pictures has been working with the games’ producers and Ubisoft’s marketing team to identify the DNA of each game and come up with storylines that are consistent.

“Assassin’s Creed,” “Splinter Cell” and “Ghost Recon” are Ubisoft’s hottest vidgame franchises and have sold 28 million, 22 million and 17 million units worldwide, respectively.

“Our strategy is not to diversify but to bolster the appeal of our franchises — that’s why we want to make sure our films will reflect the brands accurately and consolidate our fan base while expanding beyond the games’ primary target audience,” de Rivieres said.

Baronnet said, “We want to keep ownership, retain control over the film content, and we’re open to work with studios on the development of our projects, and eventually collaborate on the pre-casting, pre-budget and script.”

The group’s projects have drawn great interest from U.S. studios and screenwriters, he said.

Baronnet, Lupfer and de Rivieres will travel to Los Angeles in June to meet with studios and agents.

“We will have a script ready by the end of the year,” de Rivieres said.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures will tap into the resources of the game publisher and work with some of its 23 studios, which include Ubisoft Digital Arts and Hybride Technologies.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures is also developing “Raving Rabbids,” a gag-laden, CGI 3D toon series based on the hit vidgame and comprising 78 episodes of seven minutes.

Baronnet said the company was in advanced negotiations with a French TV broadcaster and in talks with a U.S. net for distribution.

Contact the variety newsroom at news@variety.com

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