Ubisoft has announced live-action adaptions for two of its games. The developer is working on scripts for a TV series based on Child of Light and a film about the event of Werewolves Within.
According to Variety, both adaptions are a part of Ubisoft’s Women’s Film and Television Fellowship, a program conceived in 2017 to “illuminate female voices within the entertainment industry.” Both adaptations are being written by two of the fellows, Mishna Wolff and Tasha Huo. After being selected, both women were offered the chance to pick one of Ubisoft’s games to transform into a movie or TV series. Wolff wanted to adapt Werewolves Within while Huo picked Child of Light.
“[The game] kept popping into my head,” Wolff said, in regards to her decision to adapt Werewolves Within. “It was just demanding I tell a story.” Huo knew she wanted to tackle Child of Light before even starting the fellowship. “We love that the game centers around Aurora discovering strength,” Huo said. “I love video games and I’m passionate about them, but you want people who have never heard of these games to fall in love with them.”
“We were so thrilled with the outcome of this fellowship, it is exactly what we wanted,” Ubisoft director of film Margaret Boykin said. “We were so lucky to work with these two women.” Ubisoft is also putting together an upcoming movie based on the Rabbids games, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and the Splinter Cell games. The developer is also working on a sequel for 2016’s Assassin’s Creed and movies about Watch Dogs and Far Cry.
Child of Light is a 2014 platformer RPG where players take control of a young, selfish princess named Aurora, who one night falls asleep and awakens in another world called Lemuria. After she befriends a firefly named Igniculus, Aurora is told to collect the stars, sun, and moon and return light to Lemuria. She meets an odd assortment of individuals on her quest, and together the group of misfits mature and grow together. In our Child of Light review, we gave the game an 8/10, congratulating it on its willingness to “explore the dull ache” of woe and enjoying its “interesting and engaging” combat.
Werewolves Within is a 2016 spin on the party game Mafia. A VR title, players sit around a campfire in a small town meeting. Some players are secretly werewolves while everyone else are ordinary townsfolk. The werewolves must keep their identity a secret to win, while the other players use clues to try and deduce who amongst them isn’t really human. In our Werewolves Within review, we gave the game a 7/10, describing its matches as “hair-raising, pulse-quickening experiences” but wishing there was more there to get players to “return to the game.”