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Ubisoft Film & Television
Subsidiary
IndustryFilm industry
Founded2011; 9 years ago (2011)
FounderYves Guillemot Edit this on Wikidata
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/office/film-television.aspx

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

History[edit]

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.

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[2] 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 reports that Ubisoft is in talks with Netflix for TV series based on their video games.[3]

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, Werewolves Within, Rabbids, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, executively produced by Michael Bay for Warner Brothers.

The studio has greatly expanded its TV series lineup. Several animated projects[4] 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.[5] Rabbids Invasion is airing worldwide.[6]

Productions[edit]

Released[edit]

Title Year Franchise Co-producers Distributor(s) Budget Gross
Assassin's Creed[7] 2016 Assassin's Creed New Regency, DMC Film, The Kennedy/Marshall Company 20th Century Fox $130 million[8] $240.7 million[9]

Upcoming films[edit]

Title Year Franchise Co-producers Distributor(s) Talents
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon[7] TBA Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Bay Films Warner Bros. Pictures Michael Bay[10]
Tom Clancy's The Division[11] TBA Tom Clancy's The Division Nine Stories Productions
Freckle Films
87North Productions[12]
Netflix[13] Jessica Chastain[11]
Jake Gyllenhaal[11]
David Leitch[11]
Rabbids[14] TBA Rabbids Mandeville Films[14]
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Lionsgate[14] Todd Strauss-Schulson[14]
Just Dance[15] TBA Just Dance Olive Bridge Entertainment[16] Screen Gems TBA
Werewolves Within[17] TBA Werewolves Within Vanishing Angle TBA Cheyenne Jackson[18]
Sam Richardson[18]
Michaela Watkins[18]
Michael Chernus[19]
Josh Ruben[18]
Mishna Wolff[18]
Beyond Good & Evil[20] TBA Beyond Good & Evil TBA Netflix Rob Letterman[21]

Television series[edit]

Released[edit]

Title Year Co-producers Networks Talents
Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet[22][23][24] 2020 RCG Productions
3 Arts Entertainment
Lionsgate
Apple TV+ Rob McElhenney[25]
F. Murray Abraham[25]
Danny Pudi[25]
Charlie Day[25]
Michael Rotenberg[25]
Nicolas Frenkel[25]
Megan Ganz[26]
David Hornsby[26]
Jason Altman[25]
Danielle Kreinik[25]
Gérard Guillemot[25]

Upcoming[edit]

Title Franchise Co-producers
Child of Light[17] Child of Light TBA
Skull & Bones[27] Skull & Bones Atlas Entertainment

Animation[edit]

Released[edit]

Title Year Franchise Network(s) Talents
Rabbids Invasion[28] 2013 Rabbids France Télévisions
Nickelodeon
Netflix
TBA
Rabbids Short Stories[29] 2019 Rabbids YouTube Machinima[30]
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios[30]
Explosm[30]

Upcoming[edit]

Title Franchise Talents Format
Rabbids Invasion Special Episode[17] Rabbids TBA TBA
Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Vibe[4] Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Adi Shankar (Lead Director)[4] 9x22-minute[31]
Hungry Shark Squad[4] Hungry Shark Mostapes (Directing Studios)[31] 78x7-minute[31]
Untitled Cyber Mysteries Tween Series[4] Inspired by Watch Dogs TBA 13x22-minute[31]
Untitled comedy-adventure series Inspired by Rayman TBA 52x11-minute[31]
Untitled sketch comedy series about video game culture[4] TBA TBA TBA
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell[32] Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Derek Kolstad (Lead writer) TBA

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The Time Machine wins its 2nd Award!".
  3. ^ Makuch, Eddie (8 November 2016). "Ubisoft in Talks With Netflix for a Series, CEO Says". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Stanley, Patrick (10 October 2019). "Ubisoft Planning Animated TV Adaptations of Popular Game Franchises (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
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  9. ^ "Assassin's Creed (2016)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
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  12. ^ Sirani, Jordan (2 August 2016). "The Division Film Officially Announced with Gyllenhaal and Chastain in Lead Roles". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
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  18. ^ a b c d e "'Veep's Sam Richardson To Star in Josh Ruben's Horror-Comedy 'Werewolves Within' Written By Mishna Wolff". Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  19. ^ "'Werewolves Within' Scares Up Rest of Cast: Cheyenne Jackson, Michaela Watkins, More". Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  20. ^ Kit, Borys. "'Detective Pikachu' Director and Netflix Tackling 'Beyond Good & Evil' Adaptation (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  21. ^ Kit, Borys. "'Detective Pikachu' Director and Netflix Tackling 'Beyond Good & Evil' Adaptation (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  22. ^ Petski, Denise (9 August 2018). "Rob McElhenney & Charlie Day Comedy Lands Straight-To-Series Order at Apple". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  23. ^ Otterson, Joe (9 August 2018). "Apple Orders Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney Comedy Straight to Series". Variety. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  24. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (9 August 2018). "Rob McElhenney-Charlie Day Comedy Scores Apple Series Order". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Renewed for Second Season Ahead of Series Premiere". news.ubisoft.com. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  26. ^ a b ""Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet"".
  27. ^ "Ubisoft Film and Television and Atlas Entertainment Collaborate on Skull & Bones TV Series". news.ubisoft.com. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  28. ^ "Les "Lapins Crétins", une licence récompensée". www.20minutes.fr (in French). Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  29. ^ "Ubisoft Releases New 'Rabbids' Shorts As It Expands Its Animation Slate (Exclusive)". Cartoon Brew. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
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