Despite having not even been released yet, word has it that New Regency Productions is already looking at developing sequels to Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell.
Sinking 200 million dollars into a movie adaptation of *any* video game is brash enough when you look at the dire history of video game movies, but shooting a sequel to said 200 million dollar movie before it has even been released? The studio heads at Regency Productions should be selling real estate for Mitch and Murray with those kind of brass balls.
Regardless, it looks like that might be the case with not only Regency's upcoming Assassin's Creed movie -- whose $200 million budget is no joking matter -- but with their Splinter Cell adaptation as well.
The words comes passed down from Variety:
Catchplay, the films' Taiwanese co-financier, told Variety that U.S. producer New Regency is looking at turning the two into movie franchises.
"They are both adaptations of successful Ubisoft games and would make ideal sequels," said Daphne Yang, CEO of Catchplay, speaking Tuesday as Catchplay launched a pan-Asian streaming video service.
It's a risky move, committing to a franchise before the first film has found success, but also one that more and more movie studios are trying out in recent years. Look no further than Lionsgate, which shot back-to-back-to-back-to-back adaptations of the Divergent series in an effort to further cash in on the YA novel trend. Unfortunately, the decision to put the cart before the horse is one that may ultimately end up coming back to bite Lionsgate, if Allegiant's abysmal box office reception over the weekend is any indication.
The Michael Fassbender-starring Assassin's Creed is currently in post-production and is expected to hit theaters on December 21st. As for Splinter Cell, all we know is that Tom Hardy has been cast in the film's lead role of Sam Fisher. That movie is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2017.