Sony Teams with Ubisoft for ‘Watch Dogs’ Film

By August 20, 2013

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We already knew that Ubisoft was working on a film version of their upcoming video game Watch Dogs, but now we know which studio will distribute it. THR reports that Sony Picture Entertainment is teaming with Ubisoft and New Regency to bring the upcoming PS4 game to the big screen. Here’s the synopsis from the press release:

Watch Dogs centers on Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker bent on revenge and inflicting his own brand of justice after a violent family tragedy. 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.

Check out the trailer for the game below:

There have been tons of films that have utilized this kind of voyeuristic plot before, but with our ever-expanding technology providing increased surveillance opportunities for the government (and the recent NSA scandal still rippling through the news), this seems like a topical project that could successfully translate to the big screen. No director or stars are attached yet, but it makes sense that Sony is bringing the film version to life considering the game is debuting on their PlayStation console later this year. We’ll keep you posted with any worthwhile developments, but we’d like to hear from you: are you interested in seeing a Watch Dogs movie? Let us know in the comments below.

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