Things are progressing quite nicely on the Assassin’s Creed film front.
We’ve known for a while that Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, Inglorious Basterds) would star in the film (as an “iconic hooded figure” whose identity has yet to be announced) and co-produce it. Earlier today, Variety broke the news that Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the movie production company started by the developer of the game franchise, has drafted New Regency Pictures and Fox for production and distribution duties. Ubisoft’s relationship with these two new parties will allow them to maintain creative control without risking too much financially.
Will the film be a retelling of Desmond’s (modern day character in all current AC games) story or an all-new adventure? The Variety post mentions that Ubisoft hopes to tie the release of the film with the launch of a new game. Assassin’s Creed III, which releases next Tuesday, will supposedly end Desmond’s story. Will they make a character outside the limelight the focus of a major motion picture? Doubtful, especially when you factor in the studio’s goal of producing games and films in tandem rather than relying on one to sell the other.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures hope to have a director, cast and script together for the film by summer 2013.