‘Assassin’s Creed’ Hitting Theaters In 2014?

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Sometimes in Hollywood, projects lie dormant for a while, only to suddenly leap forward. Such is the case with the film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, the highly successful video game franchise from developer/publisher Ubisoft.

About a year ago, Sony Pictures scooped up film rights to the series, working with newly-created Ubisoft Motion Pictures to bring the games to life onscreen. Then, just a few months ago, Michael Fassbender signed on to produce and star in the film. However, the deal with Sony fell apart, leading to a new partnership with New Regency and Twentieth Century Fox that put the project back on the fast track.

Assassin’s Creed has emerged as a top priority for Ubisoft - no doubt due to the first-week sales of 3.5 million the latest entry of the video game earned earlier this year. There’s no better time for the company to capitalize on its success, and a film version is the next natural step to expanding the brand. However, the question remains when moviegoers can expect Fassbender’s adaptation to hit theaters.

Now, in an interview with Games Industry International, Geoffroy Sardin, Ubisoft’s chief sales and marketing officer, has commented on the project’s status. Here’s what he had to say on expanding the Assassin’s Creed franchise:

“Another thing that is very important for the lifecycle is the transmedia offer. All the figurines, the books, the publishing, and we have a movie in the next coming year. So it’s not only about games, we are talking about a global brand, and this is the life cycle management we want to set up now.”

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With 2012 all but over at this point, one could easily take “the next coming year” to imply that the Assassin’s Creed would likely not release until 2014 at the earliest. After all, the script has yet to be completed, and then there’s Fassbender’s schedule to consider.

The in-demand star – who turned in a memorable performance in this summer’s Prometheus – is already committed to musician comedy Frank, western Jane Got a Gun, director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, all of which are expected to meet 2013 release dates at this point. Of course, let’s not forget that Fassbender is also due to reprise his role as Magneto in Bryan Singer’s hotly anticipated X-men: Days of Future Past, which hits theaters July 18, 2014.

Even if Ubisoft and New Regency were somehow able to get Assassin’s Creed into production in early 2013 (and that’s a big “if”), the schedule of its producer/star would make a 2013 release severely unlikely. Besides, since Assassin’s Creed is Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ first effort to bring one of its properties to the big screen – and such a high profile one at that – the company is better off taking its time and perfecting the project rather than rushing it out to theaters.

Are you looking forward to the Assassin’s Creed movie, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.

We’ll keep you posted on the development of Assassin’s Creed as it gets closer to production.

Source: Games Industry International

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  1. I am really excited like everyone that plays the video games I am really excited to see how this movie will be when it hits the big screen in 2014. I was not big on the first Assassin’s Creed game but from Assassin’s Creed 2 up until Assassin’s Creed 3 I absolutely love the idea of a Assassin’s Creed movie.

  2. Take your time to keep Fassbender attached. It’s rare that a video game adaptation gets an actor this good, and they need to hold onto him.

  3. I want them to take their time with this, and turn out something great.
    This will be fantastic if they don’t try to force it into premiering right away.

  4. I really Realy REALLY hope this will be good.
    I do not want it to be a flop like resident evil has become,
    and I DEFINITELY do not want it to flop out like FarCry did.
    I have never really placed high hopes for game-to-flick projects,
    but I guess for this one I might be. I do hope it kickes ass.
    (fingers crossed)
    one thing though, I know Ezio has more of a story than altair, but one thing to point out, Altair was the beginning; he was the story’s mark of origin. Without him it would not be so well and just referring to him time to time would not be enough. They need him, he’s crucial to procession to story.

  5. This is a franchise that, if well done, can kick-start a whole new tendency and make interest surge on well planed videogame adaptations. I hope this movie does very good, it could mean we might see newer videogame movies taking bolder risks and overall going the comic book movie way.

  6. I haven’t played Assassin’s Creed but the trailers and tv adverts all make it look very atmospheric and s good candidate for a game to movie transfer.

  7. If they want this to work then the movie makers should be given the time to do it properly, I’m sick of hearing release dates for movies that havent even been made yet!

    If you want a masterpiece then you need to time to create it, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

  8. Thanks for your sharing…
    I like Assassin’s Creed.It’s good.

  9. Tons of video games could be made into great film franchises:

    “Assassin’s Creed”
    “God of War”
    “Prototype”
    “InFamous”
    “Fallout”
    “Spyro the Dragon”
    “Mortal Kombat” (remade)
    “Batman: Arkham Asylum/City”

    Those are just ones I can name off the top of my head. I don’t like the fact that movies are being made off of board games: “Battleship” and soon “Hungry Hungry Hippos” and “Monopoly”.

    If I did a movie based off a board game, it’d be a remake of “CLUE” or “Candy Land”. But that’s it

    • god of war is actually being made into a movie

      • Lemme guess, Kratos rumored to be played by Vin Diesel.

  10. I always thought that since tv shows have gotten better over the years with bigger budgets and better story telling, this series would make a great tv series. Each game could be a season and that would give it a chance to not rush or leave anything out. So much goes on in every game, Desmond’s story and whatever goes on in the animus, I feel that a lot of that would be overlooked in a 2 hour film. Plus, each game ends with a shocking cliffhanger like a season finale, right? They could stick line to line from the game and have 5 seasons already.

  11. I always thought that this series would make a great tv series. Each game could be a season and that would give it a chance to not rush or leave anything out. So much goes on in every game, Desmond’s story and whatever goes on in the animus, I feel that a lot of that would be overlooked in a 2 hour film. Plus, each game ends with a shocking cliffhanger like a season finale, right? They could stick line to line from the game and have 5 seasons already.

    • Season 1: Altair
      Season 2: The Beginning of Ezio
      Season 3: Ezio at his prime
      Season 4: Ezio’s last stand
      Season 5: Connor
      Season 6: Desmond

      Or however you prefer

  12. Haven’t played beyond the Animus training in the first game but I have followed the story with each release and I hope they don’t have a carbon copy of the games storyline wise.

    ****SPOILERS YONDER****

    Who was the guy stuck in the Animus in the second one? Frank?

    The movie could be based on him perhaps, tie it to the games and yet still be its own entity.

  13. Heck yeah I’m excited for this. Can you just imagine all the shots of the assassin scaling tall buildings, synchronizing veiwpoints, doing swan dives, and all the arial assassination stuff? Not to mention the fight coreography and evasion. This could be an epic trilogy series or MORE. They could follow game for game, movie for movie. I know I’d love to see Altair, Ezio, AND Connor in a movie….All different settings, different locations, and different points in history. Could be fantastic.

  14. All I got too say is they better get it right and make is awsome. The only problem I see is that mostif not all vid game based movies don’t do so well Mortal combomt Street Fighter Super Freaked Mario, I can go on and on.

  15. Assassins Creed movie has been done before. It is titled ASSASSINS CREED: LINEAGE. It is a movie prequel to the Assassins Creed II game. The movie came out in 2009/2010 and went straight to DVD. I found it at Wal Mart in the $5.00 bin and contemplated buying it. I read into it and it got pretty good reviews so I bought it, and I was pretty impressed. Even though it was not filmed and released by a “famous movie company”, it is still a very viable movie in its own right and should be recognized as such. The acting is good, the costumes are legit and the movie itself was beyond my expectations. The movie is in 3 parts and is not really that long, but for $5.00, one cannot really complain. Check it out.

  16. SOOOO EXITED !!! cant wait but please take your time i want my favourite game to be perfect! Especially wen you start with ezio auditore

  17. I have Played All Parts of AC…
    nd Ill Wait For Ezio’s Season….
    I like His Attitude…!!

  18. I agree that Altair´s story doesnt have much for a movie and honestly I think I could be skipped (with some little changes), but somehow I doubt that Fassbender will be playing Ezio or Connor since he is not a native American and I cant imagine him having an italian accent :D but he would make a great Desmond.
    I really hope they make an Assassins Creed movie though, whether it will be good or bad.

  19. So Assassins Creed: The Movie will be hitting the theaters in 2014 it sound like. Michael Fassbender has been signed on to play a character. So far it hasnt been announced who he’ll be.

    I think they should make him Altair. He is good as the dark, cold-blooded, stoic type of characters. So he’d fit Altairs personality fairly well. Also I think they should (kind of) change up the events in the movie from the first game. Not a lot (of course), but enough to make it surprising and refreshing for those who have played the game all the way through.

    Maybe even get the dude that played Odin in Thor to play as Al Mualim. (Forgot how to spell his name)

    The movie should start black with Fassbender explaining the creed then goes to Altair in the crypt.

  20. This will flop. assbender is overrated.

    No way he can pull off Ezio Auditore.

  21. Just finished AC4 Black Flag and saw the hints of a big screen release in 2014, I’m excited about this specifically coz of the game series having such a good rep and story line, the only threats to this though is that the actors chosen may not live up to gamers expectations and will mess up the whole image of the digital characters and a rushed production always ends up with a couple of spoiling bugs… and even though the games were great, the script would need changes or at least be cut down to half the size of the game for it to come out as a successful movie, especially if its screen time is the average 1h 30min. After alls been said, I hope it works out well for Ubisoft, their games are mostly good (the ones I’ve played) and hopefully this will push up their rep and open new profitable doors for them (without trying to milk gamers like some other)

  22. Whatever they do, we are expecting the story to be awesome and lengthy as well. Also the hero must have played the game, only then he could act perfectly…