The Raving Rabbids are coming to the big screen someday. In a new report via Deadline, Ubisoft closed its rights to create a movie based on these zany rabbit-related game franchise. It appears to now be in the hands of Mandeville Films and Lionsgate.
Isn’t It Romantic‘s Todd Strauss-Schulson is potentially going to hold the director role as he’s in advanced discussions about the position, according to the report. Taking the role of executive producer, Mandeville Films’ Alex Young is in the talks. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville Films will act as producers beside Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin.
The screenplay has been penned by Matt Senreich, Tom Sheppard, and Zeb Wells. It was later revised by Todd Rosenberg. Meredith Wieck and Chelsea Kujawa are set to oversee the development for Lionsgate.
The movie’s development has been a long one. Back in 2013, Ubisoft announced Ubisoft Motion Pictures was working on a stop-motion-live-action hybrid movie based around the Raving Rabbids franchise.
The Raving Rabbids is the game franchise centered around gibberish-speaking rabbits. The eccentric creatures were once the antagonist of the widely-known game franchise, Rayman. They got so popular, however, spin-off after spin-off was created until lo-and-behold it became a respected franchise in and of itself. While some more serious games were created, the majority of its library included party games. Allegedly, merchandising was discussed during the deal, as well.