A couple of weeks ago we brought you news that Sony Pictures were finalizing a deal to bring the popular RPG game, Assassin’s Creed, to the big screen. Some of the details of that deal have emerged since and have left Hollywood spectators shocked and flabbergasted.
According to Vulture, the deal is not as normal as it appears on the surface, as it seems Ubisoft have managed to gain themselves a substantial amount of control over the project. This means that despite Sony gaining the rights to the movie, control of things like release date, script, principal cast and budget, are all out of their hands. This amount of power over a movie is unheard of in the industry, even for a successful director like Steven Spielberg.
Some Hollywood spectators believe that this amount of power can only ultimately lead to the downfall and doom of the movie, as they have seen it happen many times before with other big video game adaptation movies. One Hollywood agent and video game publisher representative believes the Assassin’s Creed movie may never be made at all, claiming the deal is a waste of time. They said ‘The level of control Sony gave up means, effectively, that Assassin’s Creed will never – and I mean never – get made.’
The likes of Universal Studios, Warner Bros. and DreamWorks are reported to be among the list of movie labels to have turned down the so called Creed project deal. A certain studio chief was reported to have said ‘They want to be able to pull the plug on the whole movie’s development if they decide to. It’s ridiculous.’ It is thought that the reason for Ubisoft’s insistent control is because their franchise is still currently huge, meaning they are protective over it as they are fearful that a bad movie adaptation could taint the franchise. This therefore begs the question ‘why make a movie at all?’
What do you think of this deal? Would you like to see an Assassin’s Creed movie made?