class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-57679″ title=”Assassins-Creed-Brotherhood-Review” src=”×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”150″ />Since the first Assassin’s Creed came out back in 2007, the hooded figure of the games has become somewhat iconic, even for those of us (myself included) who have never played them.

The first game sold eight million copies in the first eighteen months of its release, and has since been followed up with Assassin’s Creed II and most recently Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, with the series’ next instalment, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, due out on 15th November this year.

Variety are now reporting that Sony is closing in on a deal to develop the games, published by Ubisoft, into a film franchise. Ubisoft have been pitching the idea of adapting it for the big screen for a few months now, in talks with studios including Universal, and it now looks like it will be Sony that they work in tandem with to see the franchise come to life in a new form.

Earlier this year, Ubisoft launched Ubisoft Motion Pictures, through which it will seek not just to have its titles turned into films, but as a way of maintaining greater creative control over the development stages by taking on a partner status, to ensure that the films are made in a way they see suitable for their brand.

Naturally, turning a video game into a film franchise offers a pretty welcome possibility of both making good at the box office and then further increasing the sales of the original video games, so it has quite a promising win-win factor, if the adaptation is done right.

Along with Assassin’s Creed, Sony are also in talks to develop Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and InFamous into films, so clearly they see the potential of adapting video games for the big screen as a symbiotic relationship, with the games having a built-in audience that will want to come out and see the film.

A fifth, and possibly final, instalment in the franchise is set to be released before December 2012 – an important date within the game relating to the prophesied end of the world – which means the film franchise could well have at least four instalments to be made if things go well.

Though nothing is official at this point, talks are said to be moving forward with the deal, so hopefully we can have something concrete to look forward to in the coming weeks and months.