Michael Fassbender Set to Star in and Co-Produce ASSASSIN’S CREED

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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.

michael-fassbender-assassins-creed-altair-image-01For 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.

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  • daath

    i hope it will be set in italy

  • A.S. Lawrence

    This just blows my mind, such amazing news to wake up to.

    • Matty

      Yeah! Such a cool story. I’m not a videogame movie person but im excited for this. Now we just need kristen bell!

  • Dan

    This and Uncharted are the 2 video game francises that I actually give a shit about. I think that this would work better as an HBO series, but that’s just me. I would love to see Chris Evans or Milo Ventimiglia play Desmond, and Henry Cavill as Ezio. Choosing who to direct it, I would get Zac Snyder or Gore Verbinski. Keep Kristen Bell as Lucy, and for Warren Vidic? Ether John Malkovich or Malcolm McDowell. If Fassbender is going to play Altair, this project had my curiosity, but now it has my attention. Don’t Fuck this up Sony!

  • Pocketses

    Dear god in heaven, this is the most amazing prospect ever!

    Wonder if they’re going with the Ezio story, Altair, Conner, or what…maybe even a Desmond story. But if Fassbender stars, not as Desmond, but as the actual assassin, this will be stupendous.

    • Yu Sheng Wu

      I have an idea, we ask Kristen Bell to reprise her role in the video games.

  • TheHOYT

    Great news!

    I hope that they start with Altair, and the film has a tone similar to Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven. Man, if done right, this could be one of the greatest movie franchises of all time.

    In Fassbender I trust!

  • Sugreev2001

    Excellent news ! Big fan of the franchise and the actor.Fassbender will elevate the role to the next level,I just hope the script is good.

    • CocaineHeart

      AHH! oh me too, i feel a billion times better knowing Fassbender is attached but those games are so awesome, I really hope they can make the movies as fun, beautiful, and exciting!

  • will

    This is AWESOME, that they managed to get an actor as good as Fassbender to star in this. Now comes the question: who do you get to direct? I mean, Ridley Scott would be my dream choice, but he would probably never do it, so maybe Kenneth Branagh? Neil Marshall? Alan Taylor?

    • TheHOYT

      I could see Ridley doing this, especially because he’s already got an established relationship with Fassbender (Prometheus, The Counselor).

      Oh man, I’ve got butterflies in my stomach just thinking about how epic that team would be on an Assassin’s Creed film …

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  • Cpt. Hindsight

    Sounds like David Belle the Parkour master has just found his next movie stunt gig. Also chill with the Ridley Scott crap. I thought everyone wanted a good adaptation? Having a 70+ year old man that’s probably never played a video game in his life let alone an Assassins Creed game direct seems like a losing prospect. Don’t we want the person to fully understand what it is they’re making? He’d NEVER fully understand. I think that’s the problem with video game movies. They just hire someone that convinces the studio that they know what they’re doing even though they don’t play games. Prime example of someone that doesn’t know wtf they’re doing is the dude writing this article. Botching assassinations and running around for 20 minutes to find a hay stack to hide in. Seriously? U can find a hay stack on almost every roof, street, or alley and they take u 20 minutes to find? How do u always botch an assassination too? It’s holding down 1 button and walking up behind someone or jumping on them from off the roof. Just an example of the person that u DON’T need doing anything with video games (even writing articles about them). I think that’s how Scott’s movie would go down. Having no idea what he’s truly making. He’d just look at it like a story he can have Damon screw up with his “writing.”

    • Pocketses

      Isn’t Uwe Boll a big video game fan? Or does he simply choose video game projects because no one will bankroll a real film from him?

      I honestly don’t know, but a guy who pretty much exclusively works on video game movies sounds like a big gamer fan.

      And if that’s true…guess I’ll go ahead and say that I don’t feel like getting a fan is a good plan necessarily. And I don’t see eye to eye with a lot of people on this, but Prometheus was great in my opinion. Also his work on Kingdom of Heaven shows me that he can handle the story with style and grace, which is what an adaptation like this needs. This is simply good news either way, so let’s just chill with the giant paragraphs about who should or should not direct the film that has no script, no production budget set or anyone more than a single person cast.

  • Fist-O-Pain

    Two words:

    FUCK YES

  • SP1234

    Really cool. Sounds like Fassbender is going back to his 300 roots a little bit.

  • elikias

    I would get excited about this if, A, I thought it was actually going to get made, or B, there had ever been a good movie made from adapting a video game. Stop me if I’m wrong… has there been one?

    • Grimcicle

      Prince of Persia was good, the original Resident Evil was decent enough. Doom was dumb fun and had good performances from the lead actors. The Tomb Raider films have their fans, though I’m not among them.

      • Prfsr_X

        So I think the phrase you’re looking for is “no, there hasn’t”

      • tarek

        Prince of Persia was good ? Uhhh! As good as Ghost Rider 2 indeed.

  • sense 11

    That works for me, bring it on

  • Drake

    Wow, I can actually see that. Very promising.

  • tarek

    Andrew Garfield will make a terrific Ezio. the Amazing Ezio

    • will

      You know, I was just thinking that Garfield could make a good Ezio, but he’s probably too young to pull off the “master assassin” side of the character. He’d be good for the origin sequence, but would have to be recast by the time Ezio goes to chase Borgia at the end of Creed II.

  • Bob

    If this really is happening, if they get a good director, this movie has the possibility of being amazing. A lead central character being acted by Fassbender, and what should be amazing action sequences could lead up to a truly great movie. Can’t wait for more news.

  • AlexHeyNa

    My nerd-boner is already huge from the Dark Knight Rises hype. Now it’s just starting to hurt.

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  • Joe

    Hey that does look like Fassbender under the hood! :)

    Assassin’s Creed + Parkour = win!

  • thaRiddler

    I would love to see this film be made and actually be good, but this film will never be made.

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  • http://facebook.com/jake.outcast Jake Outcast Ray

    I hope it starts from Syria! It is the original place where it began and Fassbender is actually playing Desmond and Altair.

  • http://facebook.com/jake.outcast Jake Outcast Ray

    I hope it starts from Syria! It is the original place where it began and Fassbender is actually playing Desmond and Altair.

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