When the Mythic Quest tv sequence was first introduced, I actually did not assume it could be excellent, nevertheless it was. When the preliminary pictures of Henry Cavill as Geralt first emerged from Netflix’s Witcher sequence I believed, wow, this actually doesn’t look good—nevertheless it was! So now that Ubisoft has introduced that it is engaged on a live-action sequence based mostly on Driver, I’ve to surprise, will it shock me too?
Not that there is something improper with Driver, and actually it is a pretty apparent candidate for a teevee translation: The unique recreation tells the story of a former race automobile driver turned NYPD detective who goes undercover as a getaway driver to take down a infamous crime syndicate. What makes it an odd selection is that the sequence has been moribund for a decade. We fairly favored Driver: San Francisco, giving it an 80% rating in our overview, however that was in 2011 and, apart from a 3DS recreation in 2014, there hasn’t been a peep from the sequence since. A brand new Driver recreation was in improvement at one level, nevertheless it finally morphed into what we now know because the Watch Canine sequence.
So why trot it out now, once we have not even had a whiff of a brand new Driver recreation in a decade? One risk is that Ubisoft needs to check the waters of stay present improvement with out committing any of its heavyweights. The Driver sequence is being developed for Binge.com, a streaming platform set to go stay in 2022 that shall be devoted to “unique sequence and exhibits created for gaming followers.” That is a a lot narrower viewers than it could get from extra mainstream platforms like Netflix or Apple TV.
“Our mission at Ubisoft is to convey our video games to life in new and thrilling methods and create content material set on the planet, tradition, and neighborhood of gaming,” Ubisoft movie and tv head of TV improvement Danielle Kreinik mentioned. “Working with Binge will enable us to convey a Driver sequence on to the viewers who’s most enthusiastic about seeing this franchise come to life.”
(Cynics may also counsel that there is a Ubisoft govt someplace who simply actually enjoys jerking round followers of its previous, uncared for video games, however I would not wish to take pleasure in such issues.)
To be completely honest, I can see the place this sequence could be good, though your mileage may differ on the definition of “good” right here. I, for example, would love to observe an unironic Seventies-style tackle the style: Hold the vehicles, the garments, and the groove, ditch the informal racism and sexism. On the similar time, although, I am unable to assist however surprise why, if Ubisoft is so desperate to do proper by the “passionate” Driver viewers, it does not simply make a brand new Driver recreation.
Ubisoft’s Driver sequence does not have a launch goal but, however extra particulars shall be revealed “at a later date.” For now, this is 5 minutes of Ryan O’Neal clowning the cops within the 1978 flick The Driver—a movie generally credited for offering “thematic inspiration” for Ubisoft’s recreation sequence in addition to, presumably, the title.