Big news for gaming fans came today as UbiSoft announced plans for Michael Fassbender to star in and produce Assassin’s Creed, the feature film. The game publisher made the decision to go indie for its next big game adaptation, as the Prince of Persia adaptation turned out to be a bit of a flop – but having Fassbender on board for their next offering could make it essential viewing. Read on for more.
Fassbender, an actor who is known to be able to jump from serious stuff like Shame and Hunger to tentpoles such as X-Men: First Class and Prometheus, could well turn the film into an instant smash hit – after all, the games have been a breath of fresh air, so why not have high expectations for the film adaptation?
There are two existing primary Assassin’s Creed games, with a third set for release this fall, with a number of attached games for portable systems. The story structure follows the narrative of the first and second games back to the Crusades and Renaissance periods, respectively, through a single man named Desmond Miles. Miles, with the aid of technology, is able to connect to his ancestors, who just happen to be kick-ass assassins. The third game is set during the American Revolution.
The game could technically feature Fassbender as both main characters – Desmond and whichever ancestor is the real focus of the film. The games feature a larger story, in which Desmond, in between reliving his ancestral memories, slowly uncovers secrets involving the modern version of the Knights Templar, an end of the world prophecy, and a pre-human civilization.
It’s a very open gaming experience, with the main action involving sneaking around and killing people, so it’ll be interesting to see how they’ll fit that into a movie, and which aspects we’ll instantly be able to recognise from the game. For example; the thought of Fassbender climbing an extremely high watchtower and then jumping off the top into a haystack, does sound mightily appealing.
UbiSoft was once in talks with Sony to have the studio put together an Assassin’s Creed film, but ultimately decided to develop and produce the film as an indie, then sell it to a studio once a product is in hand. The company may end up going with Sony (or another studio) to co-finance the movie, but Ubi will pull together a writer and director before setting up that deal.
No matter what happens though, it’s guaranteed that having Fassbender on-board will get them a lot of attention.
Are you excited about Assassin’s Creed? Was Fassbender the best choice for the movie?