Unless you’re finely tuned to the London theater scene, you’ve likely never heard the name Michael Lesslie. He’s a twentysomething wunderkind who’s taken the great stages of Britain by storm. His words have been performed by acting greats like Michael Sheen and Derek Jacobi, he penned a well-received stage version of the Kevin Spacey movie Swimming with Sharks when he was barely out of Oxford, and he wrote an actual prequel to Hamlet called Prince of Denmark.
So what does he do for an encore? Duh, he’ll write the screenplay for the adaptation of Assassin’s Creed.
Okay, so it’s not exactly a lateral move, but it is a compelling one, the film already has Michael Fassbender attached to star, but Lesslie’s addition to the team certainly classes things up even more. Lesslie himself is relatively new to the feature screenwriting field having penned only a couple of unproduced scripts, but he has had several short film scripts produced, including the BAFTA-nominated “Heavy Metal Drummer,” directed by Toby MacDonald and Luke Morris.
So how does this affect the status of actually seeing the Assassin’s Creed movie? Well, producers were aiming for a summer 2013 start date for production, but it’s highly dubious that it’s going to get started that quickly with a new screenwriter attached and still no director on staff. Still, with the recent release of the third Assassin’s Creed game, Ubisoft and the gang are going to want to get going on this at a speed slightly better than average.
More news as it develops.