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.
20th Century Fox has announced a slew of release date updates. Briefly:
- The Fantastic Four will now open in the midst of summer on June 19, 2015 instead of March 6, 2015. Josh Trank directs.
- The Assassin’s Creed movie has been pushed from June to August 7, 2015. Michael Fassbender is producing and will star in the video game adaptation.
- Director Matthew Vaughn’s graphic novel adaptation The Secret Service has been pushed out of 2014 to March 6, 2015, taking over Fantastic Four’s previous date.
- The spy comedy Susan Cooper will open on May 22, 2015. Paul Feig directs and Melissa McCarthy stars, possibly opposite Jason Statham.
- An Untitled Vince Vaughn Movie (previously referred to as Business Trip) will open on October 24, 2014.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.
Expanding into more theaters this weekend is one of the best films of the year: director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, the true story chronicles his twelve-year journey as an educated and married free man from New York who was abducted in 1841 and forced into slavery for over a decade. The film is absolutely one of the best of the year and features powerful performances by the whole cast, especially Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’O, and it will be a major player in this year’s awards race. For more on the film, read Matt’s review.
At the recent New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Fassbender. He talked about how McQueen’s movies always feel real and the scenes and characters believable, and what is it like to have so many people loving the movie. He also talked about what he collects as well as future projects like the Prometheus sequel, confirmed that filming on Assassin’s Creed begins next year, and attempted to come up with a good tease for fans regarding X-Men: Days of Future Past. Hit the jump to watch and make sure to see 12 Years a Slave as soon as you can.
Michael Fassbender is an incredible actor, so it’s no wonder that he’s found himself at the center of some of the more exciting film franchises as of late in addition to fascinating dramatic fare. Steve recently sat down with Fassbender to discuss his work in Steve McQueen’s immensely powerful and moving 12 Years a Slave, which opens in theaters next month and is absolutely one of the best films of the year, and during the course of their conversation Fassbender briefly addressed his work in a couple of other upcoming films.
He admitted that he’s unsure about the status of the Prometheus sequel, confirmed that filming on Assassin’s Creed begins next year, and attempted to come up with a good tease for fans regarding X-Men: Days of Future Past. Hit the jump to watch what he had to say, and look for Steve’s full interview with Fassbender on Collider soon.
Continuing the trend I started last week, today I’m bringing another Netflix instant stream recommendation your way in the form of director Eric Walter‘s documentary My Amityville Horror. The pic made its U.S. premiere at last year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin and earns its recommendation by presenting the oft-told Amityville Horror story from a unique perspective: that of Daniel Lutz. Mr. Lutz lived in the house as a 10 year old boy when the haunting events of this story unfolded. In My Amityville Horror, he recounts his experiences on record for the first time and the result is a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking, look at the impact of living the story first-hand.
Moving from one form of recommendation to another, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer for director José Padilha‘s RoboCop remake, a new installment of Cinemath that analyzes our perception of Woody Allen‘s career with IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores, an overview of the massive movie year that 2015 is shaping up to be, a terrifying new trailer for Gravity as well as a strong endorsement of the film by James Cameron, and our kickoff coverage of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.
With this weekend’s holiday comes the official close of the 2013 Summer Movie Season. We’ve seen our share of flops (The Lone Ranger), hits (Iron Man 3), and surprises (Now You See Me), and while there are definitely some exciting films on tap for next year, keen fans have already started looking excitedly at 2015. Why skip over an entire year, you ask? Well, if all goes according to plan, 2015 will see a perfect storm of sorts, as a crazy number of massive franchises are poised to launch some highly anticipated properties. Two years from now, The Avengers follow-up will square off against Batman vs. Superman, and a brand new Star Wars film is poised to open alongside the long-promised Jurassic Park sequel.
As the Labor Day weekend is normally a time of relaxation, we thought it might be fun to look ahead to the craziness that will ensue two years from now. Hit the jump as we run down the nutty release schedule for 2015, including what we know about each film thus far.
You can add yet another highly anticipated sequel to the genuinely crazy 2015 release schedule. In addition to The Avengers 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Jurassic Park 4, Finding Dory, and the concluding chapter of The Hunger Games series, 20th Century Fox has now dated Independence Day 2 for release on—what else—the Fourth of July weekend in 2015. This confirms that the follow-up to Roland Emmerich’s 1996 blockbuster is indeed happening, as the world is not going quietly into the night. ID4 2 is one of two proposed Independence Day sequels currently in development, and Emmerich recently revealed that the films will take place 20 years after the events of the first film, at which point the aliens finally return with reinforcements.
Will Smith is not expected to return, but Bill Pullman will reprise his role as the (now former) President of the United States. However, the story will primarily focus on younger characters with Independence Day 2 ending with a cliffhanger that leads into the third film. Hit the jump for more, including release date shuffles for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Assassin’s Creed, and Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars.
We’ve got a few release dates to share today. Briefly:
- Labor Day – Writer/director Jason Reitman’s drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin will hit theaters in limited release on December 25th of this year (just in time for awards season, natch), before expanding wide on January 31st.
- Exodus – Director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic about the life of Moses has been dated for a prime holiday release of December 12, 2014, confirming that this will indeed be Scott’s next project. Christian Bale may star.
- Assassin’s Creed – The feature film adaptation of the popular video game series has been dated for Memorial Day weekend of 2015, with a firm May 22, 2015 release date. Michael Fassbender is producing the film and will also star.
Hit the jump for much more on all of the aforementioned projects.
While some people like heavy articulation on their action figures, others just want something cool to sit on a desk. Enter McFarlane Toys. While they’re essentially just small statues, they have great attention to detail, and they always look cool wherever you display them. At this year’s Toy Fair, McFarlane showed off some new toys for The Walking Dead, Spawn, and Assassin’s Creed. Hit the jump to check them out.
Ubisoft has hired acclaimed English playwright Michael Lesslie to pen the script for the upcoming film adaptation of the hit video game, Assassin’s Creed. As we previously reported, Michael Fassbender will play an average guy in the present day who is kidnapped by a mysterious organization and forced to relive his “genetic memory” of a being an assassin in various eras. The games have taken place during the Third Crusade, the Renaissance, and the American Revolution. There’s currently no word on when the film will take place. Although the first game took place during the Crusade, the Assassin’s Creed II series (which also included Brotherhood and Revelations) is when the series really caught fire, so Ubisoft may opt to send the protagonist into that time period.
Sound off in the comments about when you’d like to see the Assassin’s Creed movie take place. [THR]
With just a few short weeks to go until the Revolutionary War-centric third title in the Assassin’s Creed video game series is released, the feature film adaptation is moving closer to reality. We learned this past July that Michael Fassbender had signed on to star in and co-produce the project with Ubisoft, and now the film has found a financier and distributor in New Regency. Hit the jump for more.
It’s been a busy week in the world of video game news. On the disappointing side of things, it looks like Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U is going to have a delayed release in Europe due to some manufacturing difficulties (though it should still land stateside before Thanksgiving). On the bright side: we have new looks at the weapons of Halo 4, a multiplayer trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II and some in-game combat action for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III. Hit the jump for all that and more!
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.
The trailers coming out of the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo have been blowing my mind and promise to blow a hole in my wallet when the new games become available. If you missed our previous batches of trailers, you can check them out here and here (and don’t miss our villainous update on the new Star Trek game!). The next round of trailers and demos features the much anticipated Star Wars 1313, in which players control a bounty hunter on one of the many levels of the city-planet, Coruscant. We’ve also got the next installment in the epic Assassin’s Creed franchise, as well as a contemporary take on assassins from Ubisoft, a new game from the makers of Heavy Rain which features the voice and likeness of Ellen Page and more! Hit the jump to check them out.
When we reported that Sony Pictures had planned to adapt Assassin’s Creed, we told you that “Ubisoft has set the terms of the deal to be a more active participant in the movie’s development.” Mark that as the understatement of the year, because details have emerged suggesting that Ubisoft now exercises an unheard of amount of control over the project. Says one insider: “As a director, even Steven Spielberg cannot get this kind of deal.”
Sony apparently has granted Ubisoft control over the budget, casting, script and release date, in a deal that sets a dangerous precedent. Though, in the history of video game franchises made into movies, there have been more busts than blockbusters. Perhaps Ubisoft and Sony think this is the answer to the problem. Or perhaps Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot threatened the studio execs with a hidden blade. Hit the jump for more details.