If you’ve never pondered what a live-action, photo realistic Rabbid from the Rayman spin-off franchise looks like, well you will know soon, because a live-action Rabbids movie is in the works over at Lionsgate.
Ubisoft announced it’s joining up with the movie company to adapt the…lovable and…iconic characters for the big screen, but there’s no word on what specifically the movie will be about or when it’s coming. However, the publisher did confirm the screenplay will be coming from Robot Chicken’s Matt Senreich, Tom Sheppard, and Zeb Well, and was revised by Todd Rosenberg.
Mandeville Film’s Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will be acting as producers alongside Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin, while Alex Young will executive produce. Todd Strauss-Schulson, who is most recently known for his directing Isn’t It Romantic earlier this year, as well as other comedies like A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, is in talks to direct.
While Rayman is still getting his own games (although it has been a minute since 2013’s excellent Rayman Legends), the Rabbids have become a well-known face of the franchise in their own right. They first debuted as an antagonistic force in the 2006 Rayman spin-off Rayman: Raving Rabbids, and since then they’ve been antagonistic force in popular culture by spanning over another dozen video games, including one with Mario, an animated series that just released its fourth season onto Netflix, and several merchandising deals across toys, clothes, and a comic book series.
Basically, Rabbids are to Rayman as Minions are to Gru in the Despicable Me series, in that they came on to be an obnoxious but recognizable mascot character that very rapidly became its own force, often overshadowing the originally intended core of the franchise they came from.
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This isn’t Ubisoft’s first shake at making one of its successful properties into a movie, as Assassin’s Creed received a live-action adaptation back in 2016 starring X-Men actor Michael Fassbender. This was the first, and up to this point, only movie released by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which was founded back in 2011. The company does have plans in the works for other movies based on Ubisoft games, however, including Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Watch Dogs, and Just Dance.
Whenever the Rabbids do get their big screen debut, they’ll be joining several other video game animal characters recently starring in live-action movies and all that entails. Whether it ends up going the route of Detective Pikachu, which was mostly praised for its portrayal of Pokemon characters as photo realistic creatures, or go the way of Sonic the Hedgehog, which was widely panned for its originally design of the blue blur until it received a redesign a few months after it was unveiled, which was much more warmly received. Not that that helped the people who made it happen, mind you.