Film adaptation of Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs to be scripted by Zombieland writers

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Total surveillance is equal to total power for those who know how to exploit it and gamers will be given access to that power on May 27th when Ubisoft’s hugely anticipated open world hacking based thriller, Watch Dogs, becomes available on consoles. It was announced in August 2013 that, along with several other Ubisoft franchises, Watch Dogs will be receiving a movie adaptation. The game isn’t out for another month, but the film is already starting out on its way to production.

In a story broken by Deadline, the latest additions to the project are scriptwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, well known for their work on Zombieland, but also responsible for G.I. Joe: Retaliation as well as a Deadpool screenplay that is yet to be greenlit, despite being popular with fans. It is currently unknown whether the film will follow the same plot as the game.

It is a choice that seems promising in spite of the historical evidence suggesting that video games and movies don’t mix, but Ubisoft’s recently founded motion picture branch seems determined to set off on the right foot, having also announced connections with big names such as Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender who are set to respectively star in upcoming Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed movies. A collaboration with Sony and New Regency also suggest a determination to make it work. Other aspects of Ubisoft’s work to publicise Watch Dogs include the launch of a fashion range by Frank & Oak aiming to sell examples of clothing found in the game.

If the hype for the game is anything to go by then a movie effort should pan out well. The potential for commentary on the growing surveillance state should give the writers plenty of room to come up with interesting premises, but as it stands now, we’ll have to wait until May to see if the game is even worth the trouble.

Sources: Deadline | Frank & Oak

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