“Assassin’s Creed” and “Splinter Cell” video games are getting their first big screen adaptations from Ubisoft and New Regency. Now, Variety is reporting that the two studios are already planning the sequels for the two hot properties.
Taiwanese production company Catchplay is co-financing the “Assassin’s Creed” movie. They told Variety that US producer New Regency is planning to turn the two video game properties into long lasting movie franchises.
“They are both adaptations of successful Ubisoft games and would make ideal sequels,” said Daphne Yang, CEO of Catchplay, while speaking on Tuesday at the launch of a pan-Asian streaming video service by Catchplay.
Variety also reports that in January last year, Catchplay struck a three-picture deal with New Regency, covering “Assassin’s Creed,” “Splinter Cell,” and “The Revenant.”
Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the cinema division of Ubisoft Entertainment, is overseeing “Assassin’s Creed.” The movie is being directed by “Macbeth” and “The Snowtown Murders” director Justin Kurzel. It stars “Macbeth” actors Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, among others.
The “Splinter Cell” movie is based on Tom Clancy’s award-winning series of stealth video games of the same title. It does not have a director or cast member announced yet. Earlier, a Variety article mentioned that “The Bourne Identity” and “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman was attached to helm the movie. A later exclusive report from The Tracking Board said Liman has left the movie adaptation. Actor Tom Hardy (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) is still attached to star in the movie, though.
“With Liman off, the producers are looking instead at Joseph Kahn. In the past, Kahn has made such features as Detention and Torque, but he is primarily known for his music video and commercial work. He has directed videos for a number of artists, from U2 to Britney Spears to Eminem. Most recently, he directed the popular video for Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space,’” mentions the report from The Tracking Board.
Tom Hardy will next appear in the much anticipated World War II film “Dunkirk,” which is being directed by Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight”). It was reported earlier that Nolan will be using a real World War II Naval Destroyer. He will also shoot the film in 65mm Super Panavision and IMAX 65mm film.
In an interview with Esquire magazine, Hardy revealed that he is contract-bound to appear in three more “Mad Max” sequels as Max Rockatansky. However, no dates have been announced. This leaves the door open for Hardy to star as Sam Fisher in the planned “Splinter Cell” movies.
“Assassin’s Creed” comes out on December 21, 2016. The “Splinter Cell” movie starring Tom Hardy is slated to be released sometime in 2017.