Michael Lesslie. Never heard of him? Don't worry; most Assassin's Creed fans (myself included) haven't either. He's an English playwright whose most notable works are a stage adaptation of George Huang's Swimming With Sharks and Prince of Denmark, a chronicle of Hamlet's years as a "restless teenager." He has no feature-length film credits; however, he has written a handful of shorts. Michael Fassbender is still on board to star and co-executive produce.
The games take place across multiple periods and feature several protagonists each tied together by a modern-day bartender named Desmond Mile’ss. Many sites have erroneously reported that Fassbender will portray Miles; neither his character nor the film’s timeline have been confirmed, though. If that is who he ends up playing, here’s hoping Lesslie works extra-hard to make the character more likable in the film than he is in the game.
What do you think of Ubisoft electing to go with a screenwriter still slightly wet behind the ears? Personally, I find it quite refreshing. It’ll be interesting to see what a playwright does with the property. Perhaps he’ll be able to deliver something more watchable than game-to-film adaptations we’re accustomed to seeing.
The Assassin’s Creed film is a Ubisoft Studios and New Regency Pictures co-production. Barring any delays, we should see it at some point this year.