Yet another Ubisoft property is starting to rapidly gain ground on its leap to the big screen!
After Ubisoft announced plans for a Raving Rabbids feature film, alongside the desire to adapt movies from several of their other properties, specifically Far Cry, Ghost Recon and the upcoming Watch Dogs, the French mega-publisher confirmed today that Sony Pictures has been hired as the studio to distribute the currently-untitled Raving Rabbids movie.
Sony was originally in negotiations to distribute the movie adaptation of Ubisoft’s highly popular Assassin’s Creed games, but Fox and New Regency ended up being the studios hired for that job. The Assassin’s Creed movie currently has X-Men: First Class and Inglourious Basterds actor, Michael Fassbender starring and co-producing, and will be released on August 7th, 2015, in 3D. Currently, specific plot and character details are unknown.
Ubisoft has confirmed that the Raving Rabbids movie will be a hybrid of CG and live-action, presumably rendering the Rabbids in CG, interacting with human actors and extras in the modern world. Ubisoft has also pledged to work “vigorously” with Sony in realizing the movie properly. No specific plot details have yet come to light however.
Since their debut as mischievous, comical villains in the Rayman Raving Rabbids games, the titular Rabbids have spun away from Rayman and become their own highly popular franchise. They’ve seen the release of several party games on Wii and DS most notably, as well as one more conventional action-adventure game, Rabbids Go Home, also released for Wii and DS. The Rabbids have also been given their own television series in Rabbids Invasion, which will eventually have some sort of interactive component on the Xbox One.
While the Rabbids have something of a cult fanbase in North America, the characters are wildly popular in Europe, and especially Ubisoft’s native France! The Rabbids are in fact so popular with the French that they’ve even become a theme park attraction, and have also showed up in ads (with Rayman) encouraging kids to read and learn in school.
What would you like to see in a Raving Rabbids movie? Do you like the idea of a live-action/CG hybrid film, or would you have preferred an entirely animated film? As usual, your comments are welcome below.
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