Ubisoft Film and Television has today revealed one of the company's Woman's Film and Television fellowship participants, Heather Quinn, has secured a script deal to develop a romantic comedy movie about gaming culture.
Quinn's story will be an original idea and Ubisoft's Director of Film Development Margaret Boykin calls it "a really fun way into our world," referring to the games industry. “At Ubisoft Film & Television, we are always looking to tell original stories set in the culture and community of gaming."
Quinn meanwhile spoke with similar excitement. "I thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship process and am so glad I had this opportunity. Working with the Ubisoft team was a wonderfully collaborative and supportive process and beyond that, I really enjoy spending time with them as people, so I’m excited to continue working with them to bring this story to life.”
Ubisoft also announced that 2020 Women's Film and Television fellowship submissions are still being accepted through the end of January 2020. The program is in its third consecutive year and meant to draw in new women and non-binary voices into the film and TV industries. Two winners will be selected for a six-month paid fellowship. They're even given the opportunity to work with the French publisher's huge cabinet of original IP in addition to pitching ideas about the gaming community in general.
In addition to the ongoing fellowship program, Ubisoft also revealed earlier in 2019 that they're developing a Netflix movie based on their original IP, Tom Clancy's The Division. The series will star Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain and is set to be directed by David Leitch, who previously directed Deadpool 2, Hobbs & Shaw, and John Wick.
Other Ubisoft game properties recently turned into film or TV projects include an upcoming Ghost Recon movie produced by Michael Bay, a Just Dance movie, a Rabbids animated series currently in its fourth season, and Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, a workplace comedy about game developers, which premieres in February exclusively on Apple TV+.