It could be a frustration with the qualitative output of video game adaptations over the past decade, but it’s far more likely that Ubisoft’s decision to open up a film division has more to do with the cha-ching of cash registers. They no doubt saw what came of a mediocre adaptation of their Prince of Persia property — $327 million dollars worldwide — and thought “hey, that’s a lot of money.” So they’ve opened up Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which according to Variety will be led by Jean-Julien Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. There’s no doubt that they will begin working to secure funding for adaptations of their biggest properties, namely Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell, and we can only hope they do so intelligently, with care and with co-financers. Because no one wants to see a $20-million dollar indie presentation of Assassin’s Creed, am I right?

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