Michael Fassbender to Star In & Develop an 'Assassin's Creed' Movie
Oh crap, this news is going to make fanboys (and fangirls) go crazy. One of the most popular video game franchises of the last few years is Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed, featuring the shady assassin characters known as Altaïr or Ezio. Guess who else loves the game and wants to take this on? Michael Fassbender. Variety is reporting that Fassbender will be co-producing an Assassin's Creed movie with his production company DMC Film. "Fassbender was our first choice" to play the lead character," and he "is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor" who'll be bringing this video game to life on the big screen.
The report states, while the Assassin's Creed games were first announced as a Hollywood project at Sony, apparently Ubisoft has backed out of that idea. Now, they "plan to stick to their initial plan and develop the film independently in order to maintain greater creative control." That means getting Fassbender one to co-produce along with his development partner Conor McCaughan (Eden Lake, Pitch Black Heist). That also means "turning to its 26 in-house game studios like Hybride Technologies, to handle visual effects work." Ubisoft recently launched a film & television division (after the failure of Prince of Persia) to keep their own projects in house and keep control on how they're developed. It sounds like this will be in very good hands.
Assassin's Creed, created by Patrice Desilets & Jade Raymond back in 2007, is an award winning historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game series that as of 2012 consists of five main games. The focus is on a protagonist character, an assassin, who usually wears a hooded outfit, which became the focus of their latest marketing campaign for AC: Revelations. The game somewhat of a a classic historical, religious (and slightly sci-fi) feeling, almost mixed with Indiana Jones, as the story is actually about being sent back in time to retrieve powerful historical artifacts. This could honestly turn out awesome, I just hope they find a talented director to lead this, but everything else sounds like it's on the right path. Thoughts?