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Despite the on-going observation that film adaptations of video games are almost universally terrible, it seems that game developers and publishers are still holding the silver screen on a lofty pedestal, the mark of a successful franchise.
The latest name to be attached to Hollywood gossip is Assassin's Creed, with Sony Pictures hinting that it is close to a deal on the franchise. It's only appropriate that this is not a single-picture deal, either, with the publisher in talks about multiple films tying into the historical action genre.
The news comes in the wake of Nickelodeon's recent reveal of a Rabbids television series, meaning Ubisoft must be pretty pleased with itself right about now (perhpas believing they can learn from the experiences of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which grossed a "disappointing" $335 million worldwide).
According to Variety, the Sony studio is apparently in the final negotiations to adapt and distribute the film/s, after winning a serious bidding war for the rights. Sony is also working on adaptations of two PS3 exclusives, inFamous and, of course, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.
At this stage, everything is being kept quiet (honestly, everything is probably undecided) when it comes to topics like actors, directors, writers or other crew, but when it happens, it'll be big.
Don't think it'll quite squeak in to the 2012 deadline for this current story arc, however - which raises the question about which plot the film will follow. Will it resurrect Ezio and Altair, or follow the path of the inevitable games to follow?
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Jimmy the Geek
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