Game developer Ubisoft opens film division
Comic book companies like Marvel have their own production companies and now production companies like The Weinstein Company have opened up video game divisions, so it was only a matter of time before video game companies themselves got in on the action and began directly developing their properties into films. Such is the case with Paris-based game developer Ubisoft, who has established Ubisoft Motion Pictures aimed at adapting and developing its games for film and TV.
Thus far, Ubisoft has seen some success with big screen video game adaptations of their titles, like 2010's PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME which grossed around $335 million worldwide. Other Ubisoft properties ripe for plucking are Assassin's Creed, Driver, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and a number of other Tom Clancy-based properties.
The company has been on the other side of development more than a few times, having produced games out of film and TV properties along the likes of AVATAR, TMNT, BEOWULF, KING KONG, LOST, CSI, amongst others. It was the 2007-founded Ubisoft Digital Arts computer animation studio that created the 3D video game based on AVATAR. In 2008, the company absorbed Montreal-based visual effects house Hybride Technologies as they began to assemble their arsenal for UMP.