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Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Gets A Studio
The game adaptation takes another step

22 October 2012  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Variety

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Fans of the Assassin's Creed gaming franchise will already be eagerly awaiting the release of Assassin's Creed III on October 30, but now there's even more to get excited about: Ubisoft's planned Assassin's Creed film adaptation set to star Michael Fassbender has got itself studio backing from New Regency and a distributor in the form of Fox.

Previously, Ubisoft had sought Sony's help in getting their movie made, but negotiations broke down over Ubisoft's desire to maintain more creative control. Now that Fassbender is attached to play the Desmond Miles/Altair/Ezio character, a deal has been struck with New Regency the guys currently producing Steve McQueen and Fassbender's latest collaboration, 12 Years A Slave to make many gamers' dreams come to cinematic life.

In effect, what this means is that the Assassin's Creed movie is really happening, with Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet hoping that everything will be ready to roll in summer 2013. 

This could turn into yet another big league movie franchise for Fassbender, following X-Men: FIrst Class, Prometheus and Shame. Well, maybe not Shame, but definitely X-Men: First Class and Prometheus.

So does this news make you excited? If you're a fan of the gaming franchise, do you think film can do the series justice? If you aren't aware of the games, does the idea of a modern day Regular Joe (Desmond Miles) hooking into a machine that allows him to live the lives of his assassin ancestors sound like a good movie conceit to you? Let us know in the comment box below.


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Really?
IF the go big-budget, they can't have both Ezio and Altair in one movie. You can either pay for medival crusader armors or for rennaisance costumes. not both. Also, i'm not sure Fassie can pull off an italian accent AND an arabic accent. Tall order! More

Posted by Grimm at 12:36 on 24 October 2012 | Report This Post

Fassbender is a very competent actor but not sure I see him pulling off Altair/Ezio (being an absolute fan of the game) More

Posted by flashycactus13 at 20:20 on 23 October 2012 | Report This Post

DO HALO
HALO PLEASE and do it right starting with the story of Halo the fall of Reach!!! More

Posted by Wingman10 at 12:30 on 23 October 2012 | Report This Post

Director? Writer??
It's all well and good getting excited by an actor, and a very fine actor is Fassbender, but it'll be for nothing if the director isn't up to the task, and just as significantly (as Prometheus showed) a good screenwriter is pretty important too. I really hope they manage to pull this together though, I'd love to see a decent game adaptation and AC is a great candidate for it. More

Posted by Garet6 at 23:11 on 22 October 2012 | Report This Post

Very excited about this! I think fassbend would be a great Altaïr, not so much Ezio, and possabliy a little old for desmond :/ but I like that the casting isn't being ageist, which suggests they think he can do a good job. With no idea what the plot will be it's hard to tell if he will even be playing them all. Possibly a little Looper style cosmetics could work. The story would make a great film tho, handled well. Lets hope it's not another Prince of Persia! More

Posted by hedleyk at 18:27 on 22 October 2012 | Report This Post

Ah ezio auditore, we've been expecting you. Great news More

Posted by baseballfuries22 at 17:16 on 22 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
Fassbender!! another game to movie shit fest. have these people played the fucking game!!. Fassbender! really! . Have these people played the fucking game there own company created??. How are do they expect the fan base to go along with this one?. hes to play Desmond/Ezio!!!! Desmond is clearly of middle east origin!! Fassbender , while a decent actor is a ginger German/Irish I believe? Id rather a full length animated movie made solely by the same guys who make the games!!. Think im repeatin More

Posted by Dannybohy at 16:09 on 22 October 2012 | Report This Post

And Kristen Bell will be reprising her role, yes? That said, the adaptation of this series will be interesting. Because the plot could be made into an entertaining film, but it does make it difficult to turn into a series of films. If it was me, I'd much rather make this as a TV show somewhere like HBO or AMC, get some real money and creative freedom behind it and it'd be right up there with Game of Thrones and Rome. More

Posted by clarkkent at 16:01 on 22 October 2012 | Report This Post

Sweeeet!
ASSASSINO!! cannot wait! More

Posted by Kikimator at 15:47 on 22 October 2012 | Report This Post

AC the movie.
As an avid fan of the games i must say that this has the potential to be a truly great franchise. The plot of the games however is too flimsy to be adapted into a strong movie, however, with a few tweeks and a cracking writer this has tremendous potential, Fassbender we know is a great actor and the Desmond/Altair/Ezio charachters can all be strongly portrayed by a powerful and adaptable actor like Fassbender. whilst we still wait for a strong Game to Film movie, this definately has the potenti More

Posted by GrahamPaisley at 15:45 on 22 October 2012 | Report This Post

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