The writing duo behind Zombieland will be taking the video game “Watch Dogs” to the big screen. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced this week that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick would write the screenplay for the video game film adaptation.
“Watch Dogs” centers on Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker bent on revenge and inflicting his own brand of justice after a violent family tragedy. Using all of his skills, Pearce hacks into Chicago’s Central Operating System (ctOS), which controls the city’s infrastructure, including security cameras, traffic lights, and public transportation, as well as databases containing key information on the city’s residents. In the game, Pearce turns the entire city of Chicago into his ultimate weapon.
Ubisoft will oversee the project. Hanna Minghella and Sam Dickerman will see the development for Columbia. Alexandra Milchan and Andrew Calof will also work to bring the game to film on behalf of New Regency.
There is no word yet on who the studio will be eyeing to star or when the project will head into production.
“Watch Dogs” will release for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC on May 27.