Ubisoft’s exciting new action-adventure game “Watch Dogs” won’t be released until Nov. 19, but the video game publisher is already crafting a big screen adaptation of the project. The developer announced during Sony’s Gamescom press conference that it is teaming with Sony Pictures and New Regency to bring the feature film to life.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet says Ubisoft will have a “strong creative voice in the film’s development,” while Columbia Pictures President Hannah Minghella says in a statement that “Watch Dogs” is “perfect” for the big screen and has “tremendous potential.”
Set in an alternate reality version of Chicago, “Watch Dogs” follows hacker Aiden Pearce in a world where data is interconnected by “CtOSs” (Central Operating Systems). The game deals with the concept of information warfare and discusses the themes of the world’s increasing dependence on technology.
Neither a director, stars nor release date have yet been announced for “Watch Dogs.” Other franchises Ubisoft is turning into movies include “Assassin’s Creed,” “Splinter Cell,” “Far Cry,” “Ghost Recon” and “Rabbids.” None of them have been released yet, but Ubisoft is at least retaining creative control over the projects.