by: Meg Greyson
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the duo behind the hit film “Zombieland,” have been hired to write the big screen adaptation of Ubisoft’s WATCH DOGS for Sony and New Regency. The video game has yet to be released, but has already garnered plenty of buzz from the gaming community.
Based in a futuristic, highly connected Chicago, Aiden Pierce hacks into the system to dispense his own form of justice after a family tragedy by controlling everything from traffic lights, security lights and public transportation in an effort to thwart the bad guys and save innocent lives.
In addition to “Zombieland,” Wernick and Reese also worked on “G.I Joe: Retaliation.” The team is currently working on “Zombieland 2” and the long awaited “Deadpool,” based on the smart-mouthed assassin from the Marvel Universe. The team was also rumored to make their directing debut with the film “Doc and Howie,” but have since dropped out.
This project comes among a slate of other video game to film adaptation announcements from Ubisoft’s partnership with New Regency. Most recently, big screen adaptations of Assassins Creed and Splinter Cell, with Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy to star in, respectively. New Regency is the company behind the latest best picture winner, “12 Years a Slave,” and the lasted biblical epic, “Noah.” They will also be releasing the highly anticipated adaptation of the novel “Gone Girl” later this year.
Wernick and Reese are repped by WME