Ah, is there anything more tragic than movies based on video games? Just look to two of the worst films ever made, both based on beloved gaming franchises - Super Mario Bros and Wing Commander.
I'm getting the shakes just thinking about how awful those films are.
However, game-movie adaptations seem to have hit a new phase. Recently, Duncan Jones came on board with Blizzard to helm a World of Warcraft film, and now Ubisoft's announced a partnership with Sony Pictures and New Regency to produce a film based on the not-even-released-yet Watch_Dogs.
Game films usually rely on some kind of already existing cachet to build their audience, so this is a bold move from all concerned. That said, Watch_Dogs tale of urban hacking, revenge, and basic techno-fear and -fetishism is the stuff of which Hollywood dreams are made.
Hannah Minghella, president of Production for Columbia Pictures, said alongside the announcement, "The themes and open gameplay of 'Watch Dogs' lends itself perfectly to the big screen. The game has intense action and adventure, but the story focuses on information and the control of information, which we think will lead to an exciting thriller. It has tremendous potential as a motion picture and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Ubisoft's internal creative team on the development of the project."
Whether or not it's going to act as a prequel, or parallel the game's narrative, or even just be standalone, has not been mentioned.
And since Gamescom is the perfect time for flooding the gaming world with trailer after trailer, here's a taste of the kind of action that might just be on offer in a Watch_Dogs film.