Michael Fassbender To Star
Ubisoft has announced that work has begun on the Assassin's Creed movie screenplay, which will feature the acting talents of Michael Fassbender (300, Prometheus). Shooting begins next summer.
In an official statement (available to view on the press room website), Ubisoft confirmed that they'll retain creative control of enterprise, while New Regency will handle the talent and film-making side of things.
“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,” explained Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer, Ubisoft Motion Pictures. 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 video game franchise.”
“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,” added Brad Weston, president and chief executive officer, New Regency. "Having just finished working with Michael on Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (with Plan B) made the partnership even more irresistible."
We'll reserve judgement for the time being; partly because we're Fassbender fans, but also because details are thin on the ground. The Eastern setting of the original game would certainly be a logical place to start, but the sequel's Renaissance stylings would bring some colour and flair to the proceedings.
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