Video game-based movies maybe haven't worked out so well by and large, but that sure isn't going to stop Ubisoft from giving it a few more shots. The Parisian software publisher's film and tv production arm is reportedly validating its existence with the development of 3-D film version of three of the company's biggest properties: Assassin's Creed, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. Division head Jean-Julien Baronnet is currently working with game producers and marketing teams to "identify the DNA of each game"--you know, figuring out which game is stabbing guys and which are shooting guys--to develop the films "not to diversify but to bolster the appeal of [their] franchises." Because making a video game into a movie is certainly not a diversification strategy. You are an asshole if you think that.
A script for at least one of the adaptations is promised by the end of the year, though Ubisoft reps aren't even meeting with studios and agents until next month, so honestly, it could be a while before we inevitably learn that Paul Bettany will be Assassin Creed.