Another film long in the works for 201 has made an announcement today, though it’s less official and less impressive than J.J. Abrams rolling out the main cast for Star Wars: Episode VII. Justin Kurzel is now in talks to helm the Assassin’s Creed movie, which will star Michael Fassbender.
This news comes from Variety, and Kurzel is coming off an adaptation of MacBeth starring Fassbender, so this makes sense. Fassbender is the film’s big get, and if he’s comfortable with Kurzel, it makes sense to bring him on to make the star happy, and if they’re not going to throw money at directors (and who would you throw money at these days? Joe Cornish?) why not?
It’s likely that Ubisoft, the makers of the game, are trying to be smart and are applying the Marvel model to their game adaptations. They’re also working on bringing Splinter Cell and have plans to adapt the games Watch Dogs, Far Cry and Rabbids. But while comic book movies have hit their stride artistically and have great crossover appeal, the video game movie is still suffering from terrible adaptations that include (but are not limited to) Doom, Tomb Raider, and Super Mario Brothers. The Resident Evil series is the only one that’s proved to be a steady franchise, though those films are not exactly tentpoles. We’ll see if the tide can turn on game adaptations when Assassin’s Creed hits theaters August 7, 2015.