2016 seems to be the year of the video game adaptations even though Hollywood has not had much success making movies based off of video games. Still, Warcraft‘s lukewarm reception in the U.S. (though it killed in China) must have those studios concerned that their future game-based movie might end up at the bottom of the box office with a stack of less than favorable reviews. In what might be an attempt to prevent a similar fate, Assassin’s Creed has released a new trailer that shows what they hope audiences want: more Fassbender!
The international trailer just landed on YouTube and it’s essentially the same but with a few notable differences, primarily it features the star Michael Fassbender more heavily. It starts the same, showing the audience that the soon to be assassin is, for all intents and purposes, dead and now resides in a high tech facility that’s the home of Animus, which all fans of the game know is the means by which the past is accessed, and then there are a few short scenes of Fassbender beating people up. The trailer also has a toned down version of the Kanye West song that was so prominent in the original trailer.
According to the film’s official Twitter feed, the movie is set in the same universe as the Assassin’s Creed games but features all new location and characters.
We share the same universe. Elements in the film have consequences as in our games, comics, and books -Aymar https://t.co/FSpepKARt7
— Assassin’s Creed (@assassinscreed) August 28, 2015
The story will follow Fassbender’s character Callum Lynch as he discovers that he is a descendant of a secret society of assassins. Using his new knowledge and skills gained from these genetic memories he works with this group of assassins to take down the powerful Templar organization. The previous trailer showed that the film has taken a number of visual leads from the game including the costumes, assassin blades, rooftop parkour and of course, the Leap of Faith.
Assassin’s Creed is set for release on December 21st where it will face some pretty tough competition in the form of Rouge One: A Star Wars Story as well as the new Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence movie Passengers. Will Assassin’s Creed be able to succeed where other game movies have failed? We’ll see…