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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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  • Danimal
    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.
    • Bored
      if he does, The Three Musketeers might as well act as a prequel to the movie
  • Ken7eleven
    Maybe a job for Uwe Boll
    • http://twitter.com/darktaxidermist Davide Coppola
      LOL I laughed, thank you for that Ken!
  • http://profiles.google.com/snears Nick Sears
    High expectations in this... Let's hope they don't blow it.
  • linguisticisms
    PLEASE don't whitewash this movie or stick in Islamophobia, and we'll be good.
    • Prestron
      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.
  • http://twitter.com/darktaxidermist Davide Coppola
    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!!
  • Eatatginos
    PLEASE cast Nic Cage. 
  • Erin
    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.
  • Roderick
    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.
    • Anonymous
      Yeah, why isn't Ubisoft's film company doing the movie? Anyway I'm super excited for this!
    • http://twitter.com/stalkbrandon Brandon V. Fletcher
      Apparently the Ubisoft Film company is involved. http://www.1up.com/news/assassins-creed-movie-deal-close-sony-pictures
  • Anonymous
    Splinter Cell next, please...
  • pipo
    The main plot is just like in Riddik, the bad Christians being kicked in the azz by one awesome Muslim... :/
    • Roderick
      you're so wrong. you tried... but you're so wrong. lol
  • Blubberino
    if the movie gets screwed up because incompetent work I will never forgive sony.
  • http://www.facebook.com/danielvutran Daniel Vu Tran
    Fuck yeah.
  • Marek
    CG or Real Actors? After have seen the CG trailers they did for the last games I think it would look really awesome!
  • amril
    i hope GOD OF WAR goes to movies too.
  • JBrotsis
    Now its time to put the Halo series to the big screen. Dust off the franchise Peter Jackson.
  • Austin Wager
    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.
  • Chris Amaya
    Setting my expectations low for this one. Hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised when I see it. 
  • FatalAssassino
    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...

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