Ubisoft has "no involvement" with PoP movie

Publisher answers our questions on visual effects studio buyout, which won't be involved with Disney's Prince of Persia

Ubisoft, the game publisher, has "no involvement" with Disney's big screen Prince of Persia movie planned for release next year, a company spokesperson told CVG.

"The new Prince of Persia film is a collaboration between [Prince of Persia creator] Jordan Mechner and Disney," it said. "Ubisoft has no involvement."

Accordingly, 300 and Spy Kids visual effects studio Hybride Technology, which the French publisher recently acquired, will have nothing to do with the silver screen adaptation.

The movie is based on 2003's Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the Prince and Gemma Arterton (the fit one from St Trinian's) as the Princess. Though apparently they're not related, thank god.

Seeing as original series creator Jordan Mechner is on board, we're not too worried about the game bods keeping their distance. It'll probably be a good thing.

Ubisoft told CVG that the Hybride acquisition will help the company, "push technologies and existing techniques even further forward" in its games, and "In the mid-term, we'll be able to offer the type of cinematographic and visual experience in our games that we find today in Hollywood films.

"Hybride and Ubisoft will work together to share technology and develop tools in order to optimize the creation of both video games and visual effects," a company spokesperson said.

"Ultimately, we expect to use the partnership to leverage our brands in the movie industry."

The Prince of Persia film is due out next summer.