Nearly two years ago, fans of Assassin’s Creed were excited to learn that Ubisoft Entertainment announced a theatrical adaptation of the popular video game series. In that time, we’ve learned English playwright Michael Lesslie is penning the screenplay, and that Michael Fassbender is attached for the lead. He’ll play Desmond Miles, the descendant of a long line of assassins who can relive the memories of his ancestors.
While no director has been hired onto Assassin’s Creed as of yet, a release date has just been announced. 20th Century Fox projects Memorial Day weekend 2015, taking the date of May 22.
So, there you have it fans – an Assassin’s Creed movie in just two years time. How do you feel about that?
Video game adaptation don’t have the best tracked record, but there’s no reason why this film should suck, when the concept and source material is so good. That, and being Ubisoft Entertainment will be heavily involved in in the films development. This has the potential to be amazing!
Ubisoft has had itself a fantastic run, making some great narrative games over the last few years. The cinematic adaptions of some of their hit games however (Prince of Persia wink, wink) have missed their mark. Call it the inevitable “video game curse” that countless other video game based movies has suffered through, but there is still hope thanks to Michael Fassbender and New Regency.
This past summer it was announced that the Prometheus star had not only landed the lead role in Ubisoft’s film adaptation of their video game, Assassin’s Creed, but that he would also co-direct. After that came… silence, that is until some new financing for the picture and a partnership with New Regency.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures is hard at work developing both their Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon franchises for a live -action treatment as well, but Assassin’s Creed is the first to really have solid fan support since Prince of Persia. Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet said:
“Bringing aboard New Regency’s renowned production and distribution expertise while maintaining our own creative and financial flexibility ensures that Assassin’s Creed will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the video game franchise.”
The Paris-based studio said Fassbender was their first choice for the lead role with Conor McCaughan set to join the actor for the second half of the directing duties and according to New Regency CEO Brad Weston:
“This is the perfect intersection of what we have been trying to do, and that is to work with top quality talent like Michael Fassbender… We see this as our first big commercial action franchise property. Fassbender just did 12 Years A Slave with us, and he is as good an actor as there is right now. The storyline we are pursuing has a great narrative and because Ubisoft’s games are so character and story driven, Assassin’s Creed lends itself perfectly to our goal to re-brand Regency as a filmmaker driven company.
Yes, much like Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia, Fassbender doesn’t quite fit the ethnicity of Assassin’s Creed’s Desmond Miles, assassins Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad and Ezio Auditore da Firenze or new assassin Connor Kenway, but who really cares? If played right in the next few years we’re going to have a sex symbol leaping off buildings into haystacks and stabbing people with hidden blades. A perfect date night movie for everyone involved.
What do you think about Ubisoft letting Fassbender take a crack at their little money pit idea?
Special thanks to The Mary Sue for spreading the joy.
Jim Henson’s other puppet related show, Fraggle Rock, has been in production hell since it was optioned as a film back in 2005. It’s been moved from studio to studio.The Weinstein’s were the last ones messing around with it. Today however, Deadline has reported that New Regency, the same studio behind the revived Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, has won the rights to bring the Henson property to theaters. The Jim Henson Company and the Montecito Picture Company are serving as producers on the project.
Fraggle Rock first premiered on HBO in 1983, and ran for five seasons. The story followed “puppet characters Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red, who lived in Fraggle Rock. They interacted with humans who thought they were aliens.” Currently, there is no word on whether the film will continue the use of actual puppets like The Muppets or be a mixture of CG and live action filming. A writer is being sought now to properly craft the story.
Fraggle Rock was a little after my time. Still, I’ve loved what little I’ve seen over the years. Much like the Muppets, the fraggles have a HUGE cult following. Fan or no fan, I don’t think anyone wants this franchise to get the Alvin and the Chipmunks treatment (shit script/director, poor vision). Personally, I think only Brian Henson has any business directing this.
Best to see how well The Muppets does.