'Macbeth' Helmer & Michael Fassbender Reunite on 'Assassin's Creed'

April 29, 2014
Source: Deadline

Michael Fassbender / Assassin's Creed

Not too long ago, the first images from Justin Kurzel's adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play Macbeth surfaced with a glimpse at Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the film. Now a bit of a reunion from the lower profile drama is in the works, and on a much bigger project. Deadline has word that Kurzel is now in talks with New Regency and Ubisoft to direct their adaptation of the popular video game Assassin's Creed, which already has Fassbender attached to lead the film. The companies must like what Kurzel and Fassbender (who is also producing the video game flick) are churning out for The Weinstein Company film.

It's not a done deal yet, but Fassbender and Kurzel are eager to get started on the film, which is already slated for release on August 7th, 2015. There's plenty of time for the project to get started, and while video game movies always force us to be cautiously optimistic, this pairing seems extremely promising. For those who haven't played the game, the first installment was set in 1191 AD during The Third Crusade and followed an assassin named Altair, a hooded killer tasked with stopping the conflict and shaping future history. Other installments take place in various historical times, so it's not clear where the film will be set. We hope Fassbender and Kurzel can break the video game movie curse that plagues Hollywood.

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  • Rock n Rollllll
    Wow they got an A-list actor like Michael Fassbender to fill this role? Impressive. This would actually make a pretty good movie; however it must be done right. Very little margin for error.
    • Cocaino Weaver
      Assassin's Creed is overrated. I would have them rather make a movie based on a game that's not overrated like Call of Duty. There are better stories that could be contrived from Call of Duty. No one seriously wants to watch a movie about some stealthy hood shadow dude it just sounds boring, slow, and not epic. Call of Duty Movie = Guns, Explosions, and Mayhem Everywhere and a better chance for a blockbuster franchise.
      • Jon Odishaw
        You have a pretty strong opinion for someone who has clearly never played the game for any length of time. You could make a suspense film, an adventure film, and action film or a drama film. Or a suspenseful action/adventure drama film. So much potential, so many different eras to work with. With Fassbender playing either Altair or Desmond this could be great.
        • Paradox
          I'm on your side but save your breath. We all know he's just a troll.
      • Jon Odishaw
        Oh I didn't notice it was you, Cocaino. Didn't mean to give you a legitimate response. I vouch for his banishment. Nothing but trolling from this loud mouth.
        • Cocaino Weaver
          And I vouch for you to take a drink and chill out man! What's up with all these troll comments you make it's getting annoying. Just learn to enjoy life and don't take opinions so personal. Your like getting angry I don't even know why. It just saddens me :(
          • Jon Odishaw
            Oh blow it out your ass Dave Trohl
          • Cocaino Weaver
            OMG you said a swear word at me and insulted me :( PLEASE STOP THE BULLYING! I vouch for world peace and world happiness please find happiness! You need to save youself!
          • Paradox
            Everyone knows that CoD is just another military game and sure people like it but it has no freaking story to tell! All it is is defuse a bomb bla bla bla jump out of a plane or two bla bla bla shoot a bunch of people bla bla bla and even with that terribly awful story they're still running out of ideas to please you idiots. I swear kid you don't even know the definition of overrated you just like to call anything that you're not fond of that. An Assassin's Creed movie would work. A CoD movie would be some guy shooting Nazi zombies and Russian guys and that's what I call overrated.
      • bat0u
        COD and fans like you would definitely be part of Michael Bays wet dream. And not to put you down completely and say it wouldn't make a ton of money, there's definitely a market for it. But for you to say AC is overrated and COD is not, and would not make as good a This is coming from someone who's not a hardcore gamer of either franchise. But ya, where's my Metal Gear movie!?
        • Cocaino Weaver
          LOL imo Metal Gear is overrated
      • Thanks troll... Call of Duty sucks, it just SUCKS. I don't know any of the characters names, I don't know a single story from any of the games, I don't care. BUT I do know Desmond and all of his family members and their story very intricately and I care about it. Call of Duty is fodder for gamer-bros to act racist and homophobic over microphones while living out their male power fantasies because they work shitty 9 to 5 jobs or don't have a job and feel powerless.
        • Cocaino Weaver
          Well thanks for your opinions even though I found them very harsh and untrue but heck everyone has their right to freedom of speech so they can go on to say stupid stuff like you just did, no harm done. You don't need to know the name of a character for a story to be good. Example as their are many great films where you have characters that don't even have a name, all you need is a great story to follow the subject matter is what COD does best. Each COD game in terms of story is different and unique which is what I respect. Each Assassin Creed is just so gosh darn the same some guy who is an assassin stealth and just the same story just in different time periods, you seriously call that crap original? Oh yeah and those false allegations your making against COD fans, your acting real mature huh. You can say the same thing against any video game fan. "Don't hate the game hate the player", how long has that expression been around. There are some people that can't handle emotions well and yor definitely an example of one of them. So next time think before you type angry and stupid stuff.
      • Rock n Rollllll
        COD, really? First you choosing Emmerich's Godzilla over Gareth's new Godzilla (without even seeing it yet no less), and now, you saying COD would make a great movie over AC? I am now convinced that you have no idea wtf you're talking about
        • Cocaino Weaver
          I already saw the new Godzilla when it was called Pacific Rim and had generic Transformer robots in it. Emmerich Godzilla didn't at least rip off anything, they made a new version of Godzilla and a new story which I have respect for them doing. Now that's originality. People are just so butthurt about the Emmerich Godzilla because of how different it was hence we have this rehash boring reboot now. Yeah and I said it, COD is better than AC. Besides what are you AC fanboys complaining about when AC is shooting just as many games out the butt like COD is each year. The difference is quality and value which AC doesn't have. You hear that COD is coming to the X-Games what do you hear about AC that's so big? I think we now know which franchise is clearly more popular and has a larger fanbase which obviously includes me, thank you.
          • Rock n Rollllll
            I wish you'd get an invisible kick in the nuts every time you posted or even thought about making posts like the one above.
          • Cocaino Weaver
            That is seriously the nicest thing someone has ever said to me 😀
    This is going to be sweet!!!~
  • So Fassbender is going to play Altair but who's going to play Desmond?
    • iamNotLegend
      James Mcavoy
      • Rock n Rollllll
        Ha. He set you up on that one
  • SkyNet300
    Well this should be interesting. Love the actor
  • SkyNet300
    Whatever happened to Metal Gear movie with Tom Cruise producing?
  • Casey Jones
    I can't wait for this movie. Assassin's Creed is a great video game to adapt to film, they have such a great story to go off of!
  • fedex guy
    This has the only chance for a game turn movie to have success. COD would be another doom flop. Metal gear... I'd rather see splinter cell
    • extermin8or2
      splinter cell is happening, has a director, a script and tom hardy as ayonger sam fisher....
    • Sentucky
      And then we have warcraft




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