Rabbids hybrid live-action movie in the works at Lionsgate
According to Deadline, Lionsgate has successfully acquired the film rights to Ubisoft’s popular video game franchise called Rabbids, which is a spinoff game from the long-running fantasy video game Rayman. The studio is currently in the process of developing a hybrid live-action movie adaptation of Rabbids with Isn’t It Romantic director Todd Strauss-Schulson in advance talks to helm the film.
Rabbids or also known as Raving Rabbids are described as wild rabbit-like alien creatures, who are experts at creating havoc and mischief. The characters first appeared in 2006 and were introduced as the new antagonists in Rayman’s World. Due to their popularity, a solo Rabbids video game franchise, consisting mainly of party video games, was established and has sold over 15 million units since its launch.
In 2013, Ubisoft Motion Pictures has also produced an animated series centered on the video game characters titled Rabbid Invasion. The first three seasons had aired on Nickelodeon from 2013-2017 with the fourth and latest season released earlier this year on Netflix.
The film will be produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman (Beauty and the Beast) producers through Mandeville Films banner along with Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin. Executive produced by Mandeville’s Alex Young, the film’s screenplay is written by Matt Senreich, Tom Sheppard and Zeb Wells. It was previously revised by Todd Rosenberg, which was first developed at Sony. Lionsgate’s Meredith Wieck and Chelsea Kujawa will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.