4 Ubisoft Video Games That Should Be Turned Into Movies

BGE-cover.jpgVideo games don't have a sterling reputation when it comes to film adaptations, but that's not stopping mega-gamemaker Ubisoft from entering the cinematic fold. According to Gamespot, the company doesn't really want to crank out motion pictures, but it's a necessary evil. "We will start making movies not because we want to, but because this is what we have to do," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said. "If we don't, we will not be able to take advantage of the next generation." Well, let's make the best of this! Here are four game titles that should see the big screen.

Assassin's Creed

This magnificent historical/sci-fi franchise concerns a bartender named Desmond Miles who is kidnapped, forced to relive the memories of his assassin ancestors, and sent off to recover artifacts like a burlier Lara Croft. As it happens, the majority of the franchise takes place in a destruction-laden 2012, which means a film adaptation could be positively salient. Though the model for Desmond's character is based on a more menacing chap named Francisco Randez, Shia LaBeouf would be ideal in the lead role. I'm the kind of person who is fine with that.

Rayman

Hard to believe that Rayman has been with us since the mid '90s (but then I recall that the original Playstation is that old now [OMG {I'm going to die}]). The animated goofball with cute, disembodied limbs has already been voiced by Ren & Stimpy legend Billy West in an animated series, but since he's continued to make a living of 3D hijinx in the new millennium, a cinematic adaptation could be slightly more intriguing than -- say -- an exhumation of any of his one-time colleagues like Crash Bandicoot.

Red Steel

The first-person shooter received plenty of dubious reviews when it first arrived on the Wii in 2006, but the sheer excitement of a protagonist versed in katanas and firearms is too fun to pass up. There's no reason it should be any less senseless than Prince of Persia, but amazing idiocy should always be encouraged.

Beyond Good and Evil

Unless I'm forgetting some standout action hero in video games of the past 10 years, no one is cooler in post-millennial gaming than Jade. The green-lipped, lighthouse-inhabiting outerworld journalist is more righteous than raunchy, and though Beyond Good and Evil was a commercial flop in 2004, it may be the first title that would work better as a movie than a video game. Bring on the alien races and pea-green headbands! (And Jennifer Lawrence in the title role?)



Comments

  • SD says:

    Shia LaBeouf for Desmond in Assassin's Creed? Dear god no! Let him stay in Michael Bay movies where I don't have to watch him.
    That aside it would be hard to write an AC movie without knowing the ultimate direction the story in the games will take. Unless they go down the Resident Evil road and make films that bear no resemblance to the games other than character names.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    Beyond Good and Evil would make an amazing film! I would much rather have Guillermo del Toro on this one than Tim Burton. The weird details of the world and its flora and fauna would be an excellent playground for Del Toro's imagination.

  • Claudette Kamen says:

    Hi. Thank you for writing this article. That helped me very-much.

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