Movie adaptations of video games aren’t always met with the most positive criticism. Like a reboot of a beloved franchise, fans feel as if they are owed something when a game they have committed a massive amount of time to is turned into a blockbuster movie. If you can remember back to October of 2011, Sony Pictures finalised talks with Ubisoft Motion Pictures to begin development of the Assassin’s Creed movie and people became a little bit excited. A year later, fans received the news that Michael Fassbender would be the film’s protagonist and people went wild. That seemed like an age ago but today we were given our first look into the world of Callum Lynch (Fassbender) and his silent killer ancestor Aguilar. The Assassin’s Creed game series has a rich tapestry of stories, characters and action to follow up on and the trailer looks like it won’t disappoint.
For those viewers who aren’t familiar with the story of Assassin’s Creed, the trailer explains within the first thirty seconds exactly what the premise of the film is. This is essential for any adaptation, not to just expect previous knowledge. So if you’ve ever played the games… You can enjoy this too! The action across a beautifully set 15th century Spain looks incredibly slick and has the classic Assassin’s Creed feel to it. That classic feel being hidden blades, plenty of flips and kicks and more parkour than you’ll know what to do with. The trailer also introduces parts for Marion Cotillard (who played Lady Macbeth alongside Fassbender in Macbeth) and the ominous Jeremy Irons.
One of the most interesting points about the film isn’t even indicated in the film and that is the question of where this film lies in the Assassin’s Creed lineage and if it is even set in the same universe already created by the games. The good news is, is that it does fall into the same universe. The even better news is that Sony and Ubisoft aren’t trying to create a sequel or a remake of an existing title. The story of Callum and his 15th century Spanish ancestor Aguilar will run alongside the games, in a place and period not yet tackled by it’s interactive counterpart.
Assassin’s Creed will be released on December 21st, directed by Justin Kurzel.