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'Assassin's Creed' games take a stab at Hollywood

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"Assassin's Creed" hero Ezio may be on his way to Hollywood stardom.

This news may not come as a huge surprise: the history-hopping, conspiracy theory-laden "Assassin's Creed" games are headed to the big screen.

After all, the best-selling video game franchise — soon to see its fourth installment — is filled with the kind of action-filled cinematic moments, colorful characters and vivid locations that big Hollywood films are made of. And so Sony Pictures is in the midst of finalizing a deal to adapt the games and bring them to movie theaters, according to Variety.

Sony Pictures landed the film rights in a bidding war that took place over the last several months beating out Universal Studios and others, according to Variety.

The highly anticipated "Assassin's Creed: Revelations" is the fourth game in the series and due to launch on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Nov. 15. It's likely to be one of the year's biggest games. And just one look at the most recent trailer for the game makes it clear why Hollywood studios would be trying to out-bid each other to get their hands on the adaptation:

Of course, the question remains: Just how badly might Hollywood fu ... er ... mess up this adaptation?

Well, there is some good news: Ubisoft – the "Assassin’s Creed" developer/publisher – recently launched Ubisoft Motion Pictures as a way of keeping more creative control over these kinds of developments. So one can guess that, with a game property as big and beloved as "Assassin's Creed," they'll be making sure this adaptation doesn't go the way of, say, "Super Mario Bros."

Then again, another Ubisoft game — "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" — found itself made into a film that was, well, meh ... for lack of a better word.

With so many excellent games — "Mass Effect," "Uncharted," "Dead Island" and now "Assassin's Creed" — all in various stages of movie adaptation, I'm not sure whether I should feel hopeful or downright terrified.

But surely, at least one of these game-to-film adaptations will finally be truly great. Right ... right?

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Winda Benedetti writes about games for msnbc.com. You can follow her tweets about games and other things here on Twitter or join her in the stream here on Google+. And be sure to check out the In-Game Facebook page here.