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Sony strikes a deal to make an Assassin's Creed movie

10.20.2011

After a month-long bidding war, Sony Pictures has emerged victorious, securing the movie rights to the popular Ubisoft video game "Assassin's Creed."

Universal had been competing with Sony for the rights but Ubisoft eventually went with Sony because they were allowing the developer to maintain some creative control throughout the film's development. In May, the company launched Ubisoft Motion Pictures to facilitate the adaptation of its many games into films. (They recently signed a deal with Nickelodeon to develop a "Raving Rabbids" animated TV series.)

So far there have been three "Assassin's Creed" games released with a fourth, "Assassin's Creed: Revelations" set for release this November.

I'll be honest and admit that I've never played any of the games in the series and my attempts to catch up on the plot has left me a little flummoxed. Apparently you're actually a 2012 barkeep named Desmond but you play as master assassins Altair or Ezio, as Desmond experiences their memories through modern-day Knights Templar and forced to use the Animus to discover the location of the Pieces of Eden and....I'm confused. But it seems like a very fun game!

For those who have played it, is it worth picking up the new installment next month? And do you think it will adapt well to a movie or will it be more PRINCE OF PERSIA crap?

Source: Variety

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1:39AM on 10/21/2011
The games are GREAT...great stories and fun gameplay. I'm sure the movie will suck though. Honestly, if they made a full-length film similar to their cinematic trailers for the games, I'd be all over this movie.
The games are GREAT...great stories and fun gameplay. I'm sure the movie will suck though. Honestly, if they made a full-length film similar to their cinematic trailers for the games, I'd be all over this movie.
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5:27PM on 10/20/2011

Not sure if I agree...

... with most of you guys on whether or not this would make a great film. I'm a HUGE Assassin's Creed fan--the games are amazing--but the storyline is almost as large and complex as that of Metal Gear Solid. I just don't think there's any way to do the games justice. Hell, 12 hours of the original Assassin's Creed game was merely a small fraction of the story that ended up unfolding in ACII and Brotherhood. Good luck to whoever gets creatively involved on this film—you’ll need a lot of it.
... with most of you guys on whether or not this would make a great film. I'm a HUGE Assassin's Creed fan--the games are amazing--but the storyline is almost as large and complex as that of Metal Gear Solid. I just don't think there's any way to do the games justice. Hell, 12 hours of the original Assassin's Creed game was merely a small fraction of the story that ended up unfolding in ACII and Brotherhood. Good luck to whoever gets creatively involved on this film—you’ll need a lot of it.
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7:20PM on 10/20/2011
I have to agree.. that's why I think an HBO Tv Series could fit better
I have to agree.. that's why I think an HBO Tv Series could fit better
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5:10PM on 10/20/2011

damn..

how I wish for this to turn up good, I mean, everything you want from an epic story is there.. but it has the whole Prince of Persia feeling all over its movie adaptation... but hell, one could still hope!

Then again, imagine if HBO had picked this up for a TV Series... now that would have been something else!
how I wish for this to turn up good, I mean, everything you want from an epic story is there.. but it has the whole Prince of Persia feeling all over its movie adaptation... but hell, one could still hope!

Then again, imagine if HBO had picked this up for a TV Series... now that would have been something else!
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4:51PM on 10/20/2011
Sweet, now just get Ridley & Tony Scott to produce it and it'll come out just fine.
Sweet, now just get Ridley & Tony Scott to produce it and it'll come out just fine.
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4:33PM on 10/20/2011
To be honest I am shocked they havent made a movie based on the games years ago.
To be honest I am shocked they havent made a movie based on the games years ago.
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1:29PM on 10/20/2011

Kristen Bell..

BETTER be in this! I've always thought this would make an excellent movie. Hopefully with Ubisoft involved they can steer it to be something decent.
BETTER be in this! I've always thought this would make an excellent movie. Hopefully with Ubisoft involved they can steer it to be something decent.
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11:39AM on 10/20/2011
There´s potential there but it will probably take a huuuge budget to make this good.
There´s potential there but it will probably take a huuuge budget to make this good.
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11:38AM on 10/20/2011

Creed Is Awesome But...

The movie buff / gamer in me is pretty excited that this will be a movie soon, but the jaded critic inside is telling me to stop being such a naive child because Sony, or any other studio, will avoid the 1000 ways to make this cool and compile the 5 worst ways to make this a watered-down 90minute PG shitstorm and deliver it to us on a silver platter. In 3D.

Assassin's Creed is awesome. It's also very complex, violent, and is influenced by religious and holy feuds, all of which studios will
The movie buff / gamer in me is pretty excited that this will be a movie soon, but the jaded critic inside is telling me to stop being such a naive child because Sony, or any other studio, will avoid the 1000 ways to make this cool and compile the 5 worst ways to make this a watered-down 90minute PG shitstorm and deliver it to us on a silver platter. In 3D.

Assassin's Creed is awesome. It's also very complex, violent, and is influenced by religious and holy feuds, all of which studios will try to ignore. This has the potential to be a huge trilogy if done well. If miracles are real, here's the time for them to show.
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11:23AM on 10/20/2011

Not sure it can work

The series plot is very complex (maybe overly so) and what really shines is the gameplay, not sure if they can crack it but will keep my fingers crossed. P.s. Prince of Persia was alot of fun and very true to the series, dont get the hate
The series plot is very complex (maybe overly so) and what really shines is the gameplay, not sure if they can crack it but will keep my fingers crossed. P.s. Prince of Persia was alot of fun and very true to the series, dont get the hate
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11:17AM on 10/20/2011
This movie has incredible potential to be quite possibly one of the most assassin/crusades movie of all time. I know for certain they need a good script, a fantastic stunt coordinator with wirefu and sword swinging experience, and a director with a flair for both the artistic and dramatic. I just hope they add in "tear drops on the fire" when they do a trailer just for irony sake. This is definately a movie I will pay to see in theaters.
This movie has incredible potential to be quite possibly one of the most assassin/crusades movie of all time. I know for certain they need a good script, a fantastic stunt coordinator with wirefu and sword swinging experience, and a director with a flair for both the artistic and dramatic. I just hope they add in "tear drops on the fire" when they do a trailer just for irony sake. This is definately a movie I will pay to see in theaters.
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10:54AM on 10/20/2011
The Assassin Creed storyline can definitely be made into a movie, but it needs to be taken with care. It can be disastrously handled, much like the Prince of Persia movie, if a decent script isn't brought out.

In response to the final bit about the next game coming out in November, it's a definite purchase for me! The cliffhanger alone in Brotherhood got me pumped.
The Assassin Creed storyline can definitely be made into a movie, but it needs to be taken with care. It can be disastrously handled, much like the Prince of Persia movie, if a decent script isn't brought out.

In response to the final bit about the next game coming out in November, it's a definite purchase for me! The cliffhanger alone in Brotherhood got me pumped.
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10:13AM on 10/20/2011
I really hope the gaming team gets a lot of creative aspects and not just some. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood got praise from the Writers' Guild of America because of the storyline. I really hope this will break the bad video game movie genre. It has so much potential that it might not even fuck up because of what it is.
I really hope the gaming team gets a lot of creative aspects and not just some. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood got praise from the Writers' Guild of America because of the storyline. I really hope this will break the bad video game movie genre. It has so much potential that it might not even fuck up because of what it is.
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9:57AM on 10/20/2011
The Assassin's Creed storyline are quite intriguing, and have great movie potential, but of course the studios will find a way to fuck it up like they always do.
The Assassin's Creed storyline are quite intriguing, and have great movie potential, but of course the studios will find a way to fuck it up like they always do.
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9:52AM on 10/20/2011

They recently signed a deal with Nickelodeon to develop a "Raving Rabbids" animated TV series.)

::The sound of Classic Nickelodeon spinning in its grave::
::The sound of Classic Nickelodeon spinning in its grave::
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