Watch Dogs Movie Officially Begins Filming More Than a Decade After Being Announced

Ubisoft is hacking its way into film once again, as its Watch Dogs movie has started shooting.

The gaming publisher shared the news with a behind-the-scenes picture on X/Twitter. It’s a mysterious image that only reveals a clapperboard and an individual who is, appropriately, sitting at a computer. It’s set to be directed by The Deep Dark and Meander’s Mathieu Turi. Story details are being kept secret for now.

Lights_Camera_Action.exe#WatchDogsMovie // @NewRegency

— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) July 3, 2024

Though no plot information about Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs movie has been revealed, we’re not completely in the dark on how the film will come together. In June, Deadline reported that the project had picked up two of 2023’s biggest breakout stars, Tom Blyth and Sophie Wilde. The former is best known for his portrayal in Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, though he’s also appeared in shows like Billy the Kid and The Gilded Age. Wilde terrified audiences with last year’s Talk to Me but has showed up in projects like Boy Swallows Universe and Everything Now, too.

Details on Blyth and Wilde’s roles in the Watch Dogs movie are unclear. The script’s original draft was handled by Christie LeBlanc, with new revisions overseen by Victoria Bata. New Regency CEO Yariv Milchan and company president of motion pictures and television Natalie Lehmann are attached as producers alongside Ubisoft head of content Margaret Boykin.

Watch Dogs exploded onto into gaming with the original Watch Dogs in 2014. The first installment in Ubisoft’s tech-centered told the story of Aiden Pearce, a hacker with the ability to manipulate technology in the environment around him. A sequel located in San Francisco was released in 2016, but the franchise most recently delivered a London-set entry with 2020’s Watch Dogs: Legion.

Ubisoft has been trying its best to get a Watch Dogs movie off the ground for more than a decade. While the project has finally found its footing, we’re still waiting to hear a release date. In the meantime, you can read about the latest news on the Assassin’s Creed series and the publisher’s The Division movie.

Michael Cripe is a freelance contributor with IGN. He started writing in the industry in 2017 and is best known for his work at outlets such as The Pitch, The Escapist, OnlySP, and Gameranx.

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