'Zombieland' Writers to Script 'Watch Dogs' Video Game Adaptation
Back when the video game was meant to be a launch title with the Playstation 4, there were already plans for New Regency, Sony Pictures and Ubisoft to turn Watch Dogs into a feature film. But since the video game doesn't hit shelves until next month, there hasn't been much in the vein of development on the film. Now there's at least progress towards a script as Deadline reports Zombieland writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been hired to script the adaptation of the game that follows a hacker who turns Chicago into his personal stomping grounds to carry out his own brand of justice following a family tragedy.
If you haven't heard of Watch Dogs, here's a trailer that lays out the story with game footage:
And while that sounds like most video games, this one is interesting because the hacker uses his ability to tap into a citywide computer system and control everything from traffic lights to accessing intel that allows him to engage the bad guys, and thwart attempts to kill innocents, essentially turning the city itself into a weapon. That sounds like it might be harder to visualize and make exciting without becoming a film filled with the less interesting parts of a show like "24," not to mention the difficulty of adapting video games to film, but it would be nice to see Sony and New Regency make this work. Interested?