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The two projects are part of Ubisoft’s Women’s Film and Television Fellowship, which was designed to spotlight women working in the entertainment industry. For the inaugural fellowships, Ubisoft selected Tasha Huo to pen a Child of Light pilot and Mishna Wolff to script the Werwolves Within’s film.
“This fellowship is about creating more opportunities for emerging female voices in film and television,” said Ubisoft Director of Film Development Margaret Boykin in a prepared statement.
Ubisoft Director of Television Development Danielle Kreinik added that the company was “blown away” by Wolff’s and Huo’s visions. The two writers were granted a six-month development period to explore Ubisoft’s library for development ideas while being mentored by Boykin and Kreinik, respectively.
According to Variety, the writers pitched Ubisoft Motion Pictures on their ideas at the end of the development program. For Huo, the choice was an easy one. She told Variety that she’d long been a Child of Light fan and thought about adapting it for TV even before the fellowship was created.
“We love that the game centers around Aurora discovering strength,” said Huo. “I love video games, and I’m passionate about them, but you want people who have never heard of these games to fall in love with them.”
Huo described Child of Light as a “playable fairytale with a strong female heroine.” Ubisoft gave her pitch the green light because it was impressed by her ability to use the characters to tell the type of story she had in mind.
As for Wolff, her choice to adapt Werewolves Within surprised everyone, including herself. She initially wanted to adapt another property that she elected not to reveal in her Variety interview. But Wolf was drawn to Werewolves Within’s investigative and deception aspects. In the game, players must either guess which player is the werewolf or attempt to disguise that they are the werewolf.
“It kept popping into my head,” Wolff said. “It was just demanding I tell a story.”
Her adaptation will be a live-action horror comedy with a small-town setting. The town’s residents will play judge, jury, and executioner. When Boykin saw this pitch, she thought it was a “slam dunk.”
In our Child of Light review, Tech awarded it a 9.3, writing that every aspect “has an unmistakably artisanal, organic feel.” Tech awarded Werewolves Within a 6 as a result of it often being “inexcusably hard to play.”
Nick Santangelo is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. He loves video games and sports, but not sports video games. Follow him on Twitter.