Former CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, Jean-Julien Baronnet, is opening a movie studio dedicated to developing movie adaptations of video games. He starts Marla Studios just three months after departing from Ubisoft. In an interview with Variety he says he started the studio because it takes more than just understanding films to make a good film adaptation of a video game. Baronnet is currently talking to many game studios to adapt their games, but the names of those studios and game are currently undisclosed. He said that he should start development on the studio’s first film by next year.
The quality of video game movies have been vastly subpar so it’s assuring to hear that someone is working to see better quality films to be made. The upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie that is scheduled to hit this December has many interested and optimistic, but on the other hand it is wise to keep expectations in check. You can check out full quotes from Baronnet in the Variety link above.