He’s Magneto, he’s an android of the future, and now he’s set to take on the role of a time-traveling revolutionary whose mission spans throughout history. Michael Fassbender is hitting all the high marks with sci-fi and adventure fans by starring in the film adaption of the popular video game franchise, Assassin’s Creed.
Ubisoft, the game’s developer, created a special film division with the intention of producing a movie version of the series while largely maintaining creative control. Now they have teamed with New Regency, to ensure their vision takes shape. CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, Jean-Julien Baronnet says of the alliance, “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.”
Since its inception in 2007, the game series, which features different lead characters operating in a secret society during various historical events, has sold 38 million copies between four games. Assassin’s Creed III, the fifth installment, is themed on the American Revolution and comes out October 30, 2012.
It’s yet to be confirmed which specific game will serve as inspiration for the film or which of the main characters Fassbender will portray, but there’s more than enough material to choose from.
It would be interesting to see who the studios nab to direct the film. Ridley Scott might be a worthy choice because of his interest and experience with historically-inspired epics (Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood) and since Fassbender seems to be his new muse. In any case, please let this be the first really good video game film adaptation in a sea of abysmal efforts (I’m looking at you, Max Payne).
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