Last fall, we reported that Sony Pictures was set to adapt Ubisoft’s popular video game, Assassin’s Creed, but that the project was stalling due to Ubisoft’s demands for control. The negotiations between the studios were put on hold as Ubisoft looked to develop the film independently. However, the assassination looks to be back on in a big way as Michael Fassbender is set to star in and co-produce the flick. And just like that, I’m interested in an adaptation of Assassin’s Creed.
Hit the jump for more. Fassbender will be seen next year in Steve McQueen‘s Twelve Years a Slave and Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor.
For those unfamiliar with the Assassin’s Creed video games, they involve a man in the present day who’s kidnapped by a shadowy organization, and is forced into a machine that allows him to re-live his past lives as an assassin in order to retrieve important pieces of his “genetic memory”. The first game has the assassinations taking place during the Crusades. Later games had the character slaughtering famous people in the Renaissance, and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed III is set during the American Revolution.
In addition to the distinct time periods, the series is also known for the protagonist’s ability to free-run, which should make for some fun scenes in a movie. It’s unknown if the film will adapt the first game, jump into the sequels, or craft an entirely new story by using the series’ basic premise. I hope at some point in the film, Fassbender’s character completely botches an execution and then spends the next 20 minutes running away before hiding in a pile of hay. That would ring true to my experience on every assassination I ever attempted in the game.
While Fassbender has done a terrific job of balancing indie dramas with blockbuster fare, his big budget films have been ensemble pieces. Assassin’s Creed would be his opportunity to have a franchise to truly call his own. Video game adaptations remain one of trickiest genres to adapt, and Ubisoft realized that danger after getting burned on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. That’s why they’re attempting to finance the film independently, and according to Variety, Ubisoft is currently in the process of packaging the project with a writer and director before bringing it to the major studios. If Ubisoft is able to get a writer and director as talented as Fassbender, Assassin’s Creed will definitely be a project to keep an eye on.