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Sony Pictures Lands Movie Rights to 'Assassin's Creed' Video Games

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October 20, 2011
Source: Variety

Assassin's Creed

The subsidiary Screen Gems already has their own video game franchise with Resident Evil still alive and kicking, but now Sony Pictures is ramping up another video game adaptation for the big screen. Variety has word that the studio is closing a deal to adapt the popular Assassin's Creed video game series into a feature film franchise. Other studios had been vying for the property when Ubisoft started shopping it around Hollywood over the past several months, but Sony Pictures came out on top. The timing couldn't be better with the fourth game, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, hitting shelves on November 15th. Read on!

The video game series follows a bartender named Desmond Miles who is captured by a secret corporation called Abstergo Industries and forced to go back in time to various historical periods like the Renaissance and Crusades to relieve the memories of his ancestors, who are all assassins, in order to recover ancient artifacts. The series has built up quite a fanbase since it started in 2007, so there should be plenty of gamers ready for a feature film version. In addition, the high concept story sounds like a perfect story for a summer blockbuster, as long as it fares better than most of the video game adaptation that hit theaters. Excited?

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Reader Feedback - 24 Comments

1

These games have incredible storylines...it would translate great to film, as long as Paul W.S. Anderson doesn't get his hands on it.

Danimal on Oct 20, 2011

2

if he does, The Three Musketeers might as well act as a prequel to the movie

Bored on Oct 20, 2011

3

Maybe a job for Uwe Boll

Ken7eleven on Oct 20, 2011

4

LOL I laughed, thank you for that Ken!

Davide Coppola on Oct 20, 2011

5

High expectations in this... Let's hope they don't blow it.

Nick Sears on Oct 20, 2011

6

PLEASE don't whitewash this movie or stick in Islamophobia, and we'll be good.

linguisticisms on Oct 20, 2011

7

I don't see why it would. The first game's protagonist has both Muslim and Christian heritage while most of the antagonists are Christians on the crusade. If anything it would only offend the deeply religious of any faith. It is based in a world combining ancient alien creators, Mayan 2012 doomsday prophesies, and that all religions are false. That last part might bug some crazy people.

Prestron on Oct 20, 2011

8

Yeah, but this time actually believe in it, not like with 'Priest' which could have been way better to say the least. Don't screw it up Sony!!

Davide Coppola on Oct 20, 2011

9

PLEASE cast Nic Cage. 

Eatatginos on Oct 20, 2011

10

If they screw this up I will never forgive Hollywood. I can deal with crap like the prince of Persia, but this is different. This could be absolutely epic.

Erin on Oct 20, 2011

11

OMG....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!..... Didn't Ubisoft start their own movie company recently?! What happened to that? They probably would have done the best job. This is by far their best property... Why would they sell it... Ughhhhhhhhhh. Honestly, I hope to GOD!!! That they don't mess this up.

Roderick on Oct 20, 2011

12

Yeah, why isn't Ubisoft's film company doing the movie? Anyway I'm super excited for this!

Anonymous on Oct 20, 2011

13

Apparently the Ubisoft Film company is involved. http://www.1up.com/news/assassins-creed-movie-deal-close-sony-pictures

Brandon V. Fletcher on Oct 22, 2011

14

Splinter Cell next, please...

Anonymous on Oct 20, 2011

15

The main plot is just like in Riddik, the bad Christians being kicked in the azz by one awesome Muslim... :/

pipo on Oct 20, 2011

16

you're so wrong. you tried... but you're so wrong. lol

Roderick on Oct 20, 2011

17

if the movie gets screwed up because incompetent work I will never forgive sony.

Blubberino on Oct 20, 2011

18

Fuck yeah.

Daniel Vu Tran on Oct 20, 2011

19

CG or Real Actors? After have seen the CG trailers they did for the last games I think it would look really awesome!

Marek on Oct 20, 2011

20

i hope GOD OF WAR goes to movies too.

amril on Oct 20, 2011

21

Now its time to put the Halo series to the big screen. Dust off the franchise Peter Jackson.

JBrotsis on Oct 20, 2011

22

Videogames made to movies usually suck. I liked the first Resident Evil's. But that's it. Silent Hill wasn't bad either. But they could make them a lot better. Problem is, game makers are supposed to make games, directors are supposed to make movies. They always change some detail from the game which makes me mad. They should just stay separate. Church and state. School and religion.

Austin Wager on Oct 20, 2011

23

Setting my expectations low for this one. Hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised when I see it. 

Chris Amaya on Oct 20, 2011

24

Really hoping this will be good.  I did kinda like the Resident Evil movies, and Prince of Persia was awesome.  But if they screw this up....heads will roll and fans will rage...

FatalAssassino on Nov 1, 2011

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