New Regency Partners with Ubisoft for Fassbender's 'Assassin's Creed'
Remember a few months back, in the summer before Comic-Con, it was surprisingly revealed that Michael Fassbender would be starring and producing an Assassin's Creed movie. Like other in-the-works video game adaptations, we weren't sure how long it would take until we would actually see this made. Well there's good news, as production company New Regency has put out a press release confirming that they will be partnering with Ubisoft to bring the Assassin's Creed movie to the big screen. "The development of a screenplay is beginning immediately and the project is being fast tracked as the creative pieces come together, while allowing Ubisoft to maintain control of key elements of the movie’s creative direction."
The report goes on to announce that Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film and television division of Ubisoft, will develop the Assassin's Creed film in close collaboration with New Regency. "Bringing aboard New Regency’s renowned production and distribution expertise while maintaining our own creative and financial flexibility ensures that Assassin’s Creed will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the video game franchise," promises Ubisoft Motion Pictures' CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet. For those skeptical, the release does confirm Fassbender's involvement, and New Regency names him. "Having just finished working with Michael on Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave (with Plan B) made the partnership even more irresistible."
A follow-up report in Variety confirms a few other details, including that 20th Century Fox (who has a deal with New Regency) will distribute the movie. But Ubisoft will still be the primary developers behind this adaptation, getting much more intensely focused and involved in its creation, unlike with Prince of Persia, made by Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Pictures. The report also mentions that "in addition to preserving elements of the game that make up its DNA, like the design of its characters and historical elements, it hopes to tie in the release of a film with a new game launch." Meaning it'll be a new story, but will still involve Altaïr (to be played by Fassbender). "We don't want to make games just for the sake of movies. We want to make them in concert with the games." We'll keep you updated on further development.