Gamers have been waiting too long for a truly great movie based on a video game, and many are hoping that Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ upcoming Assassin’s Creed adaptation will be able to start a new trend. Michael Fassbender is set to produce and star in the movie, the script for which was penned by playwright Michael Lesslie with rewrites by Minority Report screenwriter Scott Frank.
It’s not yet known for sure who Fassbender will be playing (he’s not a bad fit for the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag), but details will likely become clearer soon as distributor Twentieth Century Fox has set an August 2015 release date – which means that filming should ideally begin no later this summer.
Now the slow-moving gears on this production may finally be picking up. According to a report by Twitch Film, there has been “persistent talk” that Safe House director Daniel Espinosa – a Swedish filmmaker who first gained attention in the US with crime drama Easy Money – is being strongly considered to helm Assassin’s Creed.
This is definitely good news. Safe House had its problems but they were mostly to do with the script, and Espinosa’s directorial flair stood out as one of the film’s highlights. It had some great action pacing as well as an incredibly brutal fight scene between Ryan Reynolds and Joel Kinnaman, so it’s easy to understand why the producers of Assassin’s Creed would be interested in Espinosa as a director. As a caveat, however, it sounds like Espinosa is only being considered at the moment and is not yet in proper talks for the job.
Though the title might suggest that the Assassin’s Creed games are all about the killing, there’s quite a bit more to them than immediately meets the eye. The franchise blends historical drama with very modern sci-fi, as the player steps into the shoes of a modern-day bartender, Desmond Miles, who is descended from a long line of Assassins and can access their life experiences through the use of a machine called the Animus, which unlocks his genetic memory.
This central conceit has taken the series to a range of times and places: Syria and Israel during the Crusades; Renaissance Italy; 16th century Constantinople; the American Revolution; and, most recently, the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. The Assassin’s Creed movie could take place in any of these settings – or none of them. UMP CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet has said plainly that none of the studio’s upcoming video game movies will be direct adaptations of specific games, and will instead tell completely new stories.
There are plenty of directors who could put an interesting spin on Assassin’s Creed, but Espinosa is a solid choice and if the producers and Twentieth Century Fox end up giving him the job then it will keep the film high on the list of the most promising titles of 2015.
Assassin’s Creed will be released in theaters on August 7th, 2015.
Source: Twitch Film