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‘Assassin’s Creed,’ ‘Splinter Cell’ Being Eyed for Sequels

Yet-to-be-released fantasy action movies “Assassin’s Creed” and “Splinter Cell” are already being eyed for sequel treatment.

“Assassin’s Creed” is now in post-production, having been directed by Justin Kurzel with Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons among those in the lead roles. It is set to release in North America and multiple other territories on Dec. 21. “Splinter Cell” is set to be directed by Doug Liman with Tom Hardy as star. It has 2017 indicated as a likely release date.

Catchplay, the films’ Taiwanese co-financier, told Variety that U.S. producer New Regency is looking at turning the two into movie franchises.

“They are both adaptations of successful Ubisoft games and would make ideal sequels,” said Daphne Yang, CEO of Catchplay, speaking Tuesday as Catchplay launched a pan-Asian streaming video service.

The next version of the “Assassin’s Creed” videogame is reported to be released in 2017.

Catchplay, which is backed by Cher Wang, one of the richest women in Asia, founder and chair of the smartphone manufacturer HTC, stretches from distribution in Taiwan to production and content aggregation. Its film investment activity also included finance of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming “Silence,” which predominantly shot last year in Taiwan.

In January last year Catchplay struck a three movie deal with New Regency, covering “Assassin’s Creed,” “Splinter Cell,” and “The Revenant.”

Its deal with New Regency was structured through a Hong Kong-based special purpose company Alpha Pictures and gave Catchplay co-distribution rights in Taiwan. Alpha Pictures is controlled by Alpha Animation and Culture. Rights in China, Hong Kong and Macau were handled through Alpha Pictures.

“The Revenant” was released in mainland China last Friday, earning a strong three-day score of $31.7 million.

At the time of the New Regency deal, Catchplay said the agreement “goes beyond the usual investment and distribution arrangements for tentpole Hollywood studio movies in the Greater Chinese territories (and is a step toward a long-term co-financing and co-distribution arrangement).”

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