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Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed videogame adaptation with Michael Fassbender moves forward

Oct. 22, 2012by: Paul Shirey

The popular videogame franchise ASSASSIN'S CREED has picked up financer's and distributors with New Regency and Fox, respectively, which helps but the the adaptation on the fast track to the big screen. Earlier this summer, Michael Fassbender inked a deal to star and co-produce the film and continues to maintain that status. This is good news for fans of the game and for fans of action, time-travel, history, and general awesomeness.

"We wanted to do everything we could to secure the rights to 'Assassin's Creed,' which Ubisoft has maintained with such care and quality over the years," said New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston.

The story "revolves around a man who learns his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a secret org with ties to the Knights Templar and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts."

Ubisoft hopes to have a director, cast, and script lined up to start shooting by next summer, according to Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. In addition to preserving elements of the game that make up its DNA, like the design of its characters and historical elements, it hopes to tie in the release of a film with a new game launch.

"We don't want to make games just for the sake of movies," Baronnet said. "We want to make them in concert with the games."

ASSASSIN'S CREED launched in 2007 and has since spawned two sequels, comic book spinoffs, novels, action figures, and collectibles.

"Ubisoft chose to partner with New Regency because they are a talent and filmmaker-driven company, with the same independent and creative mindset that we have at Ubisoft Motion Pictures," Baronnet said. "Bringing aboard New Regency's renowned production and distribution expertise while maintaining our own creative and financial flexibility ensures that 'Assassin's Creed' will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the videogame franchise."

I've only played the game a few times and enjoyed it quite a bit. I think it's one of the rare few videogame properties that is ripe for exploration on the big screen and having Fassbender onboard is a mint on the pillow. Let's hope they get a solid director to helm this puppy.

More as this develops. You can pick up the third entry in the game franchise, Assassin's Creed III on October 30, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: Sooo, about that directing gig. What do you guys think?
Source: Variety

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6:44PM on 10/22/2012
Hellz fucking YES!!

Fassbender is perfect for the role!
Hellz fucking YES!!

Fassbender is perfect for the role!
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4:27PM on 10/22/2012
As a monster fan of the video game series, I can actually buy Fassbender as the hero. Actually looking forward to this one. Can't wait for the 30th!!!!!!!
As a monster fan of the video game series, I can actually buy Fassbender as the hero. Actually looking forward to this one. Can't wait for the 30th!!!!!!!
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3:44PM on 10/22/2012
So he's Desmond huh?
So he's Desmond huh?
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3:33PM on 10/22/2012

So is this going to FINALLY begin the era of decent game adaptations?

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2:32PM on 10/22/2012
The fact that they are reusing the same story as the games doesn't sit right with me. We have the games for those stories, give us a new Assassin. Also, throw out the Desmond story. There is a reason we get the hours long games we get. Those long hours are necessary for the two stories presented in the games to be told. A 90-120 minute movie isn't long enough to cover a full AC story that involves both Desmond and an older Assassin. Give us a standalone AC story.
The fact that they are reusing the same story as the games doesn't sit right with me. We have the games for those stories, give us a new Assassin. Also, throw out the Desmond story. There is a reason we get the hours long games we get. Those long hours are necessary for the two stories presented in the games to be told. A 90-120 minute movie isn't long enough to cover a full AC story that involves both Desmond and an older Assassin. Give us a standalone AC story.
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2:09PM on 10/22/2012

Why not someone else?

Every time this movie gets brought up, people say the Fassbender would make a perfect Altair or they want to see his take on Ezio. If I want to see Desmond's story, I'll just play the games again. Have the movie revolve around someone new with a fresh plot that hasn't been seen yet.
Every time this movie gets brought up, people say the Fassbender would make a perfect Altair or they want to see his take on Ezio. If I want to see Desmond's story, I'll just play the games again. Have the movie revolve around someone new with a fresh plot that hasn't been seen yet.
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1:37PM on 10/22/2012
My god, could there actually be a GOOD video game adaptation?!? Duncan Jones or Drew Goddard could be inspired choices...watch it end up being Rob Cohen or Paul Anderson...
My god, could there actually be a GOOD video game adaptation?!? Duncan Jones or Drew Goddard could be inspired choices...watch it end up being Rob Cohen or Paul Anderson...
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1:32PM on 10/22/2012

said it before and i'll say it again

Fassbender will be the fucking perfect Altair ibn La-Ahad
Fassbender will be the fucking perfect Altair ibn La-Ahad
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12:39PM on 10/22/2012
Yeah, ghostman123, that sentence also made me a little scared for this movie. That better be a mistake. Regarding Michael Fassbender, he's an awesome actor. Will he be playing Altar? Or another character based on the games? I'm also wondering who might direct this. When the rumors about Fassbender started, I thought of Ridley Scott for the job, and was totally shot down here in the comments.
Yeah, ghostman123, that sentence also made me a little scared for this movie. That better be a mistake. Regarding Michael Fassbender, he's an awesome actor. Will he be playing Altar? Or another character based on the games? I'm also wondering who might direct this. When the rumors about Fassbender started, I thought of Ridley Scott for the job, and was totally shot down here in the comments.
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12:21PM on 10/22/2012

Umm...

"....and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts."
I really hope that's either a VERY vague summary or one from someone who has no idea what they're talking about because there is absolutely no time travel in these games. The animus simply lets people, in the present day, relive the memories of their ancestors through a crazy ass digital training program of sorts that simultaenous hones that users skills, molding them into a modern day assassin. That said I am curious how they're
"....and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts."
I really hope that's either a VERY vague summary or one from someone who has no idea what they're talking about because there is absolutely no time travel in these games. The animus simply lets people, in the present day, relive the memories of their ancestors through a crazy ass digital training program of sorts that simultaenous hones that users skills, molding them into a modern day assassin. That said I am curious how they're going to make that work as a film layout, but please no actual time travel.
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