The long in development Assassin’s Creed movie starring none other than Michael Fassbender is moving forward with production.
Taking on the role as a producer and lead actor of the anticipated adaptation, Michael Fassbender sat down with IGN while promoting his latest movie Frank. Clearing the air on rumors insisting the movie is in trouble, Fassbender said the following “I know, I love these rumors!” he exclaimed. “It’s fantastic. People talk about it, and they’re hopefully interested. Nothing has changed, yeah. I’m still a part of Assassin’s Creed, and we’re working on the script as we speak. Actually, I’m going to go back and see the writers when I get back to Europe.”
The Oscar-Nominated actor, who has appeared in the films 12 Years A Slave, Inglorious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, Shame, and 300, also spoke on changes on the game would face as it makes it’s transition to the screen, saying “You know, we absolutely want to respect the game. There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we’re definitely making a feature film, and we’re approaching it as a feature film.”
Fassbender admitted that while he doesn’t necessarily play video games, (hey, nobody’s perfect.) he does find himself immeresed in the idea of Assassin’s Creed saying “I love the world. I don’t really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory — you know, I think it’s a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, “This is so rich,” and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I’m really excited about it, and we’re working very hard to make sure that we’ve got the best and most exciting, original package.”
Justin Kurzel, who Fassbender is collaborating with on the upcoming Shakespeare adaptation Macbeth, is set to direct the film. Fassbender feels confident that Kurzel has the necessary skills to bring the series to life on screen saying “I just think that there’s one thing Justin should be doing, and that’s directing. I know that from working with him on Macbeth. He’s just fantastic in terms of his vision. Adam, the DP that he works with, is amazing. They’ve got a great shorthand — that’s essential. He’s fantastic with actors and each department. He’s a real heavyweight.” If Kurzel can pull off translating Shakesphere’s complex and powerful Macbeth, then the Assassin’s Creed film will be in pretty good hands.
Since the first game in the series released in 2007, the Assassin’s Creed series has been a juggernaut in the industry, recently crossing 73 million units sold, with the highest selling game in the series being Assassin’s Creed III. Assassin’s Creed III is sitting at a healthy 12.5 million sold as of this past May, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has cleared 10 million units sold, and enjoyed the best critical reception in the series since the beloved Assassin’s Creed 2. Two more games in the series, the new-gen Assassin’s Creed Unity and the last-gen Assassin’s Creed Rouge, are both due out this upcoming fall.
With Fassbender throwing his support behind the Assassin’s Creed film, Tom Hardy signing on to star in a Splinter Cell film, and the recent news of Sam Raimi producing and Neil Druckmann writing The Last Of Us film, maybe the long history of brutal, awful , and laughably bad video game movies have finally come to an end.
Assassin’s Creed is due for an August 7, 2015 release. Stay tuned to MaxLevel as more details on the adaptation emerge.