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Ubisoft: Don't Worry, Our Films Based On Games Won't Suck

Yes, it's true. Most movies based on video games aren't very good.

However, Ubisoft vows to generate really top-notch feature films based on their most popular franchises. As posted at the Ubisoft blog, company CEO Yves Guillemot explains that making video game movies successful is all about "control."

"The best way to [make sure a video game movie doesn't fall flat] is to make sure you control what is important in movie creation. It's the scenario and the cast and the director. And if you are capable of negotiating with those guys in the movie production studios, making sure they are on the same page as you, that they understand the IP-- what is strong, what makes it interesting for the gamers--then you can create something that will match people's expectations."

The publisher currently has six movies in the works, and that includes films based on the hugely popular Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed and Far Cry IPs. Ubisoft created a special internal division - Ubisoft Motion Pictures - that is dedicated to making movies and TV shows based on these games, and this gives them control over "key elements" in the film creation process.

Yeah, that's probably the only way you can ensure control: Make it yourself.

Tags: video game movies, films based on games, watch dogs movie, assassins creed movie

7/10/2014 11:44:27 AM Ben Dutka

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Bio
Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 12:00:03 PM
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This actually sounds like a recipe for worse movies.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 12:46:41 PM
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Creative control is important, but just picking the crew you think will handle it best isn't creative control, and what's more important than that is a director who is a gamer heart and soul so he/she can bring the game feel to the movie. THAT my friends is the only way to make a good game movie, to bring the feel that made it a success over to film without cheese or humdrum cliches.

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Masszt3r
Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 1:50:19 PM

I'm not sure having a director that is a gamer at heart would be the way to go. Even someone like Kojima could struggle to make a good film because, as good as he is in direction and writing for his works, games are different from films. I would rather have that gamer at heart be a creative consultant. For example, George Lucas would be a great consultant for the new Star Wars films because he knows that universe. I would love for him to write the story, but I wouldn't want him as a writer of dialogue and would hesitate to have him as a director because out of 4 SW films he directed, one is my favorite film to date, another one was epic but lacked substance and the other two simply didn't work.

But who knows, they could surprise us.

As far as creative control, it is definitely important. I'm glad they didn't just throw the rights to these films to random studios. Who better to make the films then the guys who created the games.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 2:11:33 PM

I agree with your point, however I meant more like an experienced director who also games rather than a gaming honcho. Nobody seems to "get" what games are doing that is different so they don't even try to translate that feeling to film, they just put the game story under the auspices of regular mainstream film making. Like Hitman wasn't a bad movie but they didn't even attempt to grab onto the suspenseful moments of stealth, hiding bodies, slipping through somebody's house carefully with just a piano wire. I believe only a gamer could shoot that so it resonates with filmgoers the same way the game did :)

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Masszt3r
Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 2:20:56 PM

Gotcha.

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Bio
Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 2:22:32 PM

What games do differently than movies doesn't translate to film; if it did, it wouldn't be something games were doing differently. The important thing would be properly translating a narrative and experience to the new medium, and for that you need good writers and directors, not people who play videogames.

And honestly, the problem with most videogame movies is that most videogames really don't have great overall narratives, relative to film and literature. People who call themselves 'hardcore gamers' and such tend to greatly overvalue the actual story in games they play, conflating the overall experience and the story proper, not realizing all the time they spend in a game world, leveling up their character or whatever, leaves them personally vested in that world in a way that simply does not translate to film, that no director could ever do justice.

That's probably why the few decent videogame movies I've ever seen were based on games that had little to no story even by game standards, and were also intentionally pretty dumb.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 3:34:20 PM

Films don't have very good stories either, what matters is how you tell the story. I refuse to just say it doesn't translate and let it be, a talented person can transport the viewer to any place they want, even the helpless depths of claustrophobic and lonely Rapture.

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Masszt3r
Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 4:34:52 PM

Uncharted 2 is an example of a not very "original" story that was masterfully told. So while a lot of games don't have great stories, the way they are developed make up for that lack of uniqueness, which by the way is very difficult to find nowadays since there are already so many ideas floating around..

I do believe that having a "gamer" participate in the creation of the film can only help it. I think what World meant is that directors should have hands on experience in videogames and analyze them so they can have an idea of how those stories are told and properly relay that feeling and knowledge to a film.

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Bio
Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 6:01:14 AM

"Films don't have very good stories, either" =
If you only watch comic book movies, I guess.

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Corvo
Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 4:49:45 PM
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What if the game the movie is based on sucks? Checkmate Ubisoft.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 12:39:07 AM
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well no one will know how to get a movie worthy of have the name on it than ubisoft themselves cos they know that they will get given alot of 'hell
' lets just say from evenyone if they get it wrong.

happy gaming

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Godslim
Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 8:20:37 PM
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*cough* bad farcry movie already out *cough*

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