Sony Pictures and New Regency are teaming up with Ubisoft to bring “Watch Dogs” to the big screen.
The “Watch Dogs” movie, announced today during Sony Computer Entertainment’s news conference at Gamescom, is based on Ubisoft’s highly anticipated action-adventure game due out in November.
“The themes and open gameplay of ‘Watch Dogs’ lends itself perfectly to the big screen,” Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures, said in a news release. “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.”
Minghella added that the studio will work closely with Ubisoft’s internal creative team to develop the film.
“[Sony and New Regency's] 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,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer for Ubisoft Motion Pictures, in the release.
“Watch Dogs” shone at E3 2012 and 2013, and is one of the most anticipated video games of the year. Due out for PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U on Nov. 19 with an unspecified release date for PS4 and Xbox One, “Watch Dogs” explores Chicago through the eyes of technologically savvy vigilante Aiden Pearce, whose motivations and intentions can vary according to the player’s wishes. Pearce, a hacker seeking justice after a violent family tragedy, can hack into Chicago’s Central Operating System, controlling security cameras, traffic lights, public transit and more.
“Aiden Pearce is after vengeance, and he wants to get the people who hurt his family,” lead script writer Kevin Shortt told Hero Complex earlier this summer. “At the same time, he’s trying to protect his family from anything like that ever happening again. The way he does that is he monitors them 24/7 with surveillance cameras. He’s a bit obsessive. He’s paranoid, over the top. As he’s doing that, he starts to see crimes elsewhere — seeing a guy getting mugged or a woman being attacked. He’s the kind of guy that can’t just stand by and do nothing, so almost by accident he becomes this vigilante in Chicago trying to stop crimes anywhere.”
Tuesday’s announcement at Gamescom, the video game expo in Cologne, Germany, follows news earlier this month that Ubisoft planned a trio of films based on “Watch Dogs,” “Far Cry” and “Rabbids.” Film adaptations of “Assassin’s Creed” and “Splinter Cell” are already in the works,
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