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For a while now, a film based on the popular Ubisoft videogame series 'Assassin's Creed' has been attempting to get off the ground. Though the road proved a bit bumpy, the one mission they can scratch off the list is finding an actor to star as the games' mysterious lead. The project aimed high when it targeted Michael Fassbender, but that target was indeed acquired. Now, in a further stroke of fortune, the 'Assassin's Creed' movie has landed a funding and distribution partner. According to the press release, Ubisoft Motion Pictures had teamed with New Regency who will provide additional financing and distro while Ubisoft maintains control of the creative aspects of the movie. The script is being put together as the film has been fast-tracked. No word yet on a proposed release date.
It's hard for me to get excited about videogame adaptations; so many stinkers. However, there is something about the 'Assassin's Creed' games that has always felt resoundingly cinematic. Now granted, plenty of games over the years have developed a taste for movie-quality cutaways and interstitial exposition moments, but few of them piqued my interest in seeing a filmic version of the game's universe quite like 'Assassin's Creed.' The landing of Michael Fassbender should go a long way to overcoming the, admittedly well earned, perception that movies based on videogames are a lesser breed of genre fare. Given that Fassbender also worked with New Regency on the upcoming 'Twelve Years a Slave,' their reason for partnering on this project is less than clandestine. My only concern now is that the "fast-track" status will result in an overly rushed script. Hopefully the two companies involved here are savvy enough to know that a poorly-constructed screenplay is the fastest way to assassinate the potential of a movie like this.
What do you guys think? Excited for an 'Assassin's Creed' movie? Think Fassbender is the right casting choice? Which game elements/storylines do you consider imperative for inclusion in the screenplay?