Sony, Ubisoft & New Regency Plot 'Watch Dogs' Video Game Adaptation
by Ethan Anderton
August 20, 2013
Though the new Sony Playstation 4 may not be on shelves until this holiday season, that's not stopping Hollywood from picking up an anticipated video game property for the big screen. One of the highly anticipated sandbox environment video games hitting Sony's video game console at launch is Watch Dogs, which follows Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker bent on revenge and inflicting his own brand of justice after a violent family tragedy. Now Sony Pictures Entertainment, in conjunction with New Regency, is picking up their parent company's video game from Ubisoft, and working with their film and TV division to develop it.
If you're unfamiliar with the video game Watch Dogs, check out one of the more recent trailers for it:
As the press release further explains the game's story, "Using all of his skills, Pearce hacks into Chicago’s Central Operating System (ctOS), which controls the city’s infrastructure, including security cameras, traffic lights, and public transportation, as well as databases containing key information on the city’s residents. In the game, Pearce turns the entire city of Chicago into his ultimate weapon." Sounds pretty bad ass, but again, turning a video game of this size and scope into a feature film can be difficult since it loses the novelty of letting the player control the story and action. As we all know, video game movies are hard to crack, but maybe Sony can make this one work. It's early days though, so stay tuned for additional updates from here.