Ubisoft Film & Television

Ubisoft Entertainment Film & Television
FormerlyUbisoft Motion Pictures
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryFilm industry
Founded27 January 2011; 11 years ago (2011-01-27)
Headquarters
Key people
  • Gérard Guillemot (CEO)
  • Hélène Juguet (Managing Director, French branch)
  • Jason Altman (Head of Film & Television, US branch)
ParentUbisoft
Websiteubisoft.com/en-us/entertainment/film-tv

Ubisoft Film & Television (formerly known as Ubisoft Motion Pictures) is a French-American film and television production company and a subsidiary of video game publisher Ubisoft based in Montreuil and Los Angeles. The company was founded on 27 January 2011, and is in charge of producing films and television shows based on Ubisoft franchises and inspired by Ubisoft's worlds and gaming culture.

History

Ubisoft Film & Television was created as Ubisoft Motion Pictures in January 2011 as the film production branch of the video game company Ubisoft. Its mission is to bring Ubisoft's games into new areas of entertainment and share original stories set in the world, culture, and community of gaming.

In 2012 and 2013, Ubisoft Film & Television announced a whole lineup of movie adaptations, including Assassin's Creed.[1] On the TV side, the studio released its first kids' show Rabbids Invasion in 2013. The show, which premiered on Nickelodeon and France 3, was renewed for a second season in December 2013 and a third one in 2015. A fourth season was announced in July 2018 and was broadcast on Netflix worldwide.[2]

Following the success of Rabbids Invasion, Ubisoft Film & Television and the French theme park Futuroscope opened the Raving Rabbids–based attraction The Time Machine in December 2013. The attraction, which has been awarded the Themed Entertainment Association Award[3] for "Outstanding Achievement" in 2014, takes visitors for a trip through the great moments in History.

The company's first feature film, Assassin's Creed, opened in theaters in 2016 and starred Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The same year, GameSpot reported that Ubisoft is in talks with Netflix for a TV series based on their video games.[4]

Tom Clancy's The Division is in development as a feature film for Netflix with David Leitch, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jessica Chastain attached. Additional feature films in development include Just Dance, Rabbids, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, executively produced by Michael Bay for Warner Bros.

The studio has greatly expanded its TV series lineup. Several animated projects[5] were announced in September 2019 and a first live action TV series was launched: Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet on Apple TV+. Interestingly, this project is also the first not to be attached to any Ubisoft game franchise. The series, which stars an ensemble cast that includes Rob McElhenney and F. Murray Abraham, has been renewed for a second season.[6]

In June 2021, Netflix announced it had picked up Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix as well as the Splinter Cell and Far Cry animated series during the Geeked Week.[7]

Productions

Films

Released

Title Year Franchise Co-producers Distributor(s) Budget Gross
Assassin's Creed 2016 Assassin's Creed New Regency
DMC Film
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
20th Century Fox $130 million $240.7 million
Werewolves Within 2021 Werewolves Within Vanishing Angle IFC Films $6.5 million $869,606[8]

Upcoming

Title Year Franchise Co-producers Distributor(s)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon[9] TBA Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Bay Films
Platinum Dunes
Warner Bros. Pictures
Tom Clancy's The Division[10] TBA Tom Clancy's The Division Nine Stories Productions
Freckle Films
87North Productions[11]
Netflix[12]
Rabbids[13] TBA Raving Rabbids Mandeville Films[13]
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Lionsgate[13]
Just Dance[14] TBA Just Dance Olive Bridge Entertainment[14] Screen Gems
Beyond Good & Evil[15] TBA Beyond Good & Evil TBA Netflix
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell[16] TBA Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell New Regency
Thunder Road Films
Paramount Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

Live-action series

Released

Title Year Co-producers Network(s)
Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet[17][18][19] 2020–present RCG Productions
3 Arts Entertainment
Lionsgate
Apple TV+

Upcoming

Title Franchise Co-producers Network(s)
Untitled live-action Assassin's Creed series Assassin's Creed TBA Netflix
Child of Light[20] Child of Light TBA TBA
Untitled live-action Driver series[21] Driver TBA Binge
Skull & Bones[22] Skull and Bones Atlas Entertainment TBA

Animated series

Released

Long-Form
Title Year Series Co-Producers Network(s)
Rabbids Invasion 2013-present Rabbids TeamTO
Supamonks
Anima
France Télévisions
CNC
France 3 (France)
Nickelodeon (U.S.)
Netflix (Worldwide)
Short-Form
Title Year Series Network(s)
Rabbids Short Stories 2019 Rabbids YouTube

Upcoming

Title Franchise Network
Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix[23] Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Netflix[23]
Far Cry[24] Far Cry Netflix[23]
Hungry Shark Squad[5] Hungry Shark TBA
Untitled Cyber Mysteries tween series[5] Inspired by Watch Dogs TBA
Untitled comedy-adventure series[5] Inspired by Rayman TBA
Untitled Assassin's Creed anime series Assassin's Creed Netflix
Untitled sketch comedy series about video game culture[5] TBA TBA
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell[25] Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Netflix[23]

References

  1. ^ "Who will Michael Fassbender star as in Assassin's Creed movie?". 9 July 2012.
  2. ^ "With Nintendo's help, Ubisoft grows Rabbids brand in Asia". Kidscreen. 22 September 2017.
  3. ^ "The Time Machine wins its 2nd Award!".
  4. ^ Makuch, Eddie (8 November 2016). "Ubisoft in Talks With Netflix for a Series, CEO Says". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e Stanley, Patrick (10 October 2019). "Ubisoft Planning Animated TV Adaptations of Popular Game Franchises (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Now Available on Apple TV+". Ubisoft. 7 February 2020.
  7. ^ "About Netflix - Geeked Week Day 5 Recap: All the News and Sneak Peeks". About Netflix. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Werewolves Within (2021)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  9. ^ Fritz, Ben (1 January 2013). "In Hollywood, game company Ubisoft takes a thumbs-on approach". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (2 June 2016). "Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Ubisoft's 'The Division' Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Variety Media. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  11. ^ Sirani, Jordan (2 August 2016). "The Division Film Officially Announced with Gyllenhaal and Chastain in Lead Roles". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  12. ^ Sneider, Jeff (10 June 2019). "Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain Action Movie 'The Division' Lands at Netflix". Collider. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  13. ^ a b c D'Alessandro, Anthony (12 December 2019). "Lionsgate Closes Pic Rights On Ubisoft Video Game Series 'Rabbids' With Mandeville To Produce; Todd Strauss-Schulson In Talks To Direct". Deadline. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  14. ^ a b Fleming, Mike Jr. (14 January 2019). "Screen Gems Wins Deal To Turn Ubisoft Video Game 'Just Dance' Into Movie". Deadline. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (31 July 2020). "'Detective Pikachu' Director and Netflix Tackling 'Beyond Good & Evil' Adaptation (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  16. ^ Trumbore, Dave (30 January 2017). "'Splinter Cell' Movie Aims to Distance Itself from Bond, Bourne, and Video Game Adaptations". Collider. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (9 August 2018). "Rob McElhenney & Charlie Day Comedy Lands Straight-To-Series Order at Apple". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  18. ^ Otterson, Joe (9 August 2018). "Apple Orders Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney Comedy Straight to Series". Variety. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  19. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (9 August 2018). "Rob McElhenney-Charlie Day Comedy Scores Apple Series Order". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  20. ^ Crecente, Brian (30 October 2018). "Ubisoft Working on 'Child of Light,' 'Werewolves Within' TV, Movie Adaptations (EXCLUSIVE)".
  21. ^ "'Driver' Live-Action Series Based on Video Game Franchise in the Works from Binge & Ubisoft". 14 September 2021.
  22. ^ "Ubisoft Film and Television and Atlas Entertainment Collaborate on Skull & Bones TV Series". news.ubisoft.com. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  23. ^ a b c d Otterson, Joe (11 June 2021). "'Far Cry' Anime Series Set at Netflix, Streamer Picks Up Adi Shankar's 'Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  24. ^ Otterson, Joe (11 June 2021). "'Far Cry' Anime Series Set at Netflix, Streamer Picks Up Adi Shankar's 'Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  25. ^ Otterson, Joe (30 July 2020). "'Splinter Cell' Anime Series From 'John Wick' Writer Derek Kolstad Set at Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 3 August 2020.

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