Ubisoft is working on TV adaptations of its catalogue of franchises, including a Rabbids special, Hungry Shark, Watch Dogs, and Blood Dragon (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Ubisoft has a film and television division that is creating and developing animated series inspired by its collection of video game franchises. ‘Every show has a different target that it’s aiming at and a different format,’ Ubisoft film and television managing director Helene Juguet told The Hollywood Reporter. So, for the little kids and for families, there will be a Rabbids Invasion special set on the red planet to celebrate four seasons of the Rabbids show.
Rayman will be transformed into a comedy-adventure series, and the mobile game Hungry Shark will receive the adaptation titled Hungry Shark Squad. Ubisoft’s film and television division has an ‘incubator’ team, which consists of a handful of creatives who develop and transform its IP to other media. ‘One of the incubator’s key projects is to translate the essence of video games,’ explained Juguet. ‘Our goal is to translate that into an innovative visual and engaging storytelling in animation.’
Watch Dogs and Far Cry 3’s Blood Dragon will be scaled down to the small screen, but instead of mature themes for a mature audience, these will be pitched to teenagers. Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Vibe will enjoy the influence of Netflix’s Castlevania producer Adi Shankar who has partnered with Ubisoft’s in-house studio.
‘Adi is such a great fan of video games. We share the same culture and references,’ Juguet said. ‘It's been great to give him the freedom to do something very fresh and bold with our characters.’ Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Vibe will in fact be the first building block of the Ubisoft multiverse, in which its other animated series will link and intermingle much like the Marvel cinematic universe.
And finally, Ubisoft revealed that it is currently immersed in the development of an animated sketch comedy about video game culture. Given that it is a French studio and Valve recently attempted to wiggle around loot box regulations by adding an X-ray scanner to CS:GO crates, I expect the American company will be subject to a little banter.