SAFE HOUSE Director Daniel Espinosa Might Helm ASSASSIN’S CREED Starring Michael Fassbender

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20th Century Fox’s adaptation of Ubisoft’s popular video game Assassin’s Creed is part of 2015′s blockbuster onslaught, and now the film might have a director.  According to Twitch, the studio and producers have chosen Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) for the gig.  For those unfamiliar with the game, it takes place in two timelines where a man in the present is put in a machine that allows him to relive the memories of his ancestor Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad, who was part of a secret guild of assassins during the Third Crusade.  Working in the guild involves not only killing targets, but also parkour, jumping off of high towers, and hiding in wagons filled with hay.

Michael Fassbender will play the lead, and the film is set to be released on August 7, 2015.  Espinosa recently helmed the upcoming dramatic thriller Child 44, and he’s also attached to Gang Story starring Liam Neeson as well as an adaptation of John Grisham‘s The Racketeer.




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  • Person

    Wow seriously? The best guy they can hire is the fake Tony Scott?

  • The Flobbit

    Would have preferred a stronger director like Matthew Vaughn, heck, Guy Ritchie would’ve been cool. But since it’s got Michael Fassbender in it…count me in.

    Gamers: explain to me if Assassin’s Creed has an overarching narrative, and how that could be adapted to a film.

  • The Flobbit

    Would have preferred a stronger director like Matthew Vaughn, heck, Guy Ritchie would’ve been cool. But since it’s got Michael Fassbender in it…count me in.

    Gamers: explain to me if Assassin’s Creed has an overarching narrative, and how that could be adapted to a film.

    • GunzOfNavarone

      It does have an overarching narrative yes. It’s a complex story but basically the modern order of the knights templar are trying to find this guy (to unlock his regressed memories) as he is a direct descendant of a secret creed of assassins who have been thwarting the knights tempar for centuries, in their various goals of world domination by obtaining ancient powerful artifacts.

      These ancient artifacts happen to be alien relics and all manner of corruption and betrayal goes down. The modern day knights templar initially trick this guy and use a machine to send his consciousness back into that of his ancestors to be able to locate these artifacts. I won’t go any further, but yes there is a pretty big overarching story. They could make this into quite the franchise IF they do it right.

      • The Flobbit

        So part of this takes place in the future? I thought this was a history thing… And who would Fassbender be playing?

      • Aquartertoseven

        Hopefully Altair, whom Desmond (his present day descendant) relives through the Animus, in order to find the memories the Templars need to find artifacts that can subjugate humanity. (The Templars have him in their custody)

        Altair kills his way up the Templar ladder in cities like Jerusalem, Acre etc.

        If it’s anything like the story in the game (WHY HAVEN’T YOU PLAYED IT YET?!?! Were you in a cryrogenic freeze for the past decade like Mel Gibson in Forever Young?) it should be a very good film.

  • Michael N.

    Is this really the best guy they can get? With an Academy Award nominated actor like Michael Fassbender and one of the most popular game franchises, why not try to have some ambition and reach for a talented director.
    Have a feeling that if he is their choice, this will probably just end up being another mediocre videogame adaptation.

    • Jamesy

      I’m sensing a Prince of Persia vibe here, something that could be great, has talent involved…but will end up mediocre and forgettable. Any video game adaptation makes me weary because so many have failed. I just keep thinking, IT HAS FASSBENDER, but so did Jonah Hex, please don’t be a Jonah Hex. The games are incredible in terms of scope and set pieces and if that could be transferred to screen well, it would be fantastic to see. Just hoping it doesn’t rely too heavily on action/cgi and set pieces and actually has a good narrative arc coupled with great action. This director wouldn’t necessarily come to mind for this, but he could have some tricks up his sleeve. My initial choices were Alfonso Cuaron, David Yates, Peter Jackson, Paul Greengrass or Darren Aronofsky. Each one of them could bring their own take to the source material and incredible visuals, thoughts?

  • Astro

    Safe House and Snabba Cash were entertaining films with a good tone to it.

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