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Variety reported that Sony will soon be signing a deal to adapt Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft’s massively successful video game franchise. But Vulture has learned that this is no ordinary rights deal: With Creed one of the highest-selling modern game franchises (three installments have sold 30 million copies globally), Ubisoft was able to demand and receive an unheard of amount of control over the project. To make the deal, Sony had to grant the gaming company approval over just about everything — budget, principal cast, script, release date — and Hollywood spectators are flabbergasted. Notes one incredulous insider, “As a director, even Steven Spielberg cannot get this kind of deal.” And yet it’s this very overarching power that may doom the project, as it has other gigantic video game movies. Notes one Hollywood talent agent who represents a smaller video game publisher, “The whole Ubisoft/Sony deal is a waste of ink, paper and time. The level of control Sony gave up means, effectively, that Assassin’s Creed will never — and I mean never — get made.”
[Trailer - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows]
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[Trailer - Project X]
Darren Aronofsky will be producing XOXO, from a screenplay by his Black Swan writer Mark Heyman. Lionsgate have just picked up the rights. XOXO (“Kiss Hug Kiss Hug”, for people who don’t speak Txt) is a high-concept piece based around a Facebook stalker. All involved are admirably up-front about its being “Fatal Attraction for the social networking age”.
[Trailer - Chronicle Trailer]