Rabbids: Hybrid Live-Action Movie in Progress at Lionsgate
According Deadline, Lionsgate has successfully acquired the film rights to Ubisoft's popular video game franchise, Rabbids, which is a game derived from the fantasy video game Rayman. The studio is currently in the process of developing a hybrid adaptation of Rabbids for live action cinema, with Non-Romantic director Todd Strauss-Schulson in early talks to direct the film.
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Rabbids or otherwise known as Raving Rabbids are described as wild rabbit-like alien creatures that specialize in wreaking havoc and mischief. The characters first appeared in 2006 and were introduced as new antagonists in Rayman's world. Due to its popularity, a solo Rabbids video game franchise, consisting primarily of party video games, has been established and has sold more than 15 million units since its launch.
In 2013, Ubisoft Motion Pictures also produced an animated series focused on video game characters titled Rabbid Invasion. The first three seasons aired on Nickelodeon 2013-2017, with the fourth and final season released earlier this year on Netflix.
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The film will be produced by producers of Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman (Beauty and the Beast) through the Mandeville Films banner, along with Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin of Ubisoft Film & Television. Executive produced by Alex Young of Mandeville, the script for the film is written by Matt Senreich, Tom Sheppard and Zeb Wells. It was previously reviewed by Todd Rosenberg, which was first developed at Sony. Meredith Wieck and Chelsea Kujawa of Lionsgate will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.